Gun violence is a proxy war on the American public
As the riot of gun violence in America produces fresh massacres by the day, firearm fundamentalists refuse to acknowledge the blood on their hands, and their suicidal stance in the face of escalating carnage is that more guns are the answer. But it’s worse than that. Take a close look at the arguments that gun […]
NC legislature loosens gun laws as governor’s veto is overridden
Updated at 1:30 p.m. with House vote details and additional statements. Updated at 2:55 p.m. with Rep. Tricia Cotham statement. Two days after a mass shooting at a Tennessee school, the North Carolina legislature loosened state gun laws by lifting the requirement for local sheriffs to approve pistol purchases as lawmakers completed the override of […]
A grim theory on how we get gun safety laws
Nashville-based writers already have written movingly about the tragic gun crime at Covenant School, yet another school shooting — this one took the lives of three children and three adults. Let me add this perspective from only a modest distance away, my adopted home of Knoxville is less than a 3-hour drive east of Nashville. […]
Cumberland County pastor: North Carolina should keep its pistol permit law
Once a month, the organization that I lead holds a public vigil for peace and nonviolence in the city of Fayetteville. The purpose of the vigil is to raise social awareness, promote peace, and build a resilient and communal consciousness against the overwhelming and depressing wave of gun violence that has plagued our city and […]
North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force executive director Kella Hatcher
North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force executive director Kella Hatcher tells us about her group’s latest report and the big challenges our state faces in improving the health and well-being of our children. Read the 2023 report here.
After the GOP proposes ‘commonsense gun reform,’ Dems float their own ideas
The bills are broadly aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of people deemed a risk to themselves or others. After he found out his fiancée had been shot and killed while walking her dog, a grief-stricken Rob Steele took his gun out of his safe. He unloaded the magazine, put the ammunition back in the metal box, then handed his firearm to a doctor.
Stop tolerating gun extremists. Shame them.
America is a country-size arsenal. There are 20% more guns in the U.S. than people. Americans are estimated to own 393 million of the 857 million guns in the world, or almost half — 46% — of all civilian guns. And the obscene ubiquity of firearms in the U.S. explains much about why the country […]
Weekend reads: High schoolers take a stand against gun violence, North Carolina’s chronic public employee shortage, and NC environmental, public health groups get their day in court
In this issue: 1. Durham high school students plead with state leaders for action to combat gun violence “Thoughts and prayers” are no longer enough to protect children from gun violence, says Durham Hillside High School Principal William Logan. Gunviolence proliferates, Logan said, because guns are too readily available, and lawmakers are unwilling to pass […]
America is the world’s most powerful democracy. Why is it impotent to stop mass gun violence?
Whether in a grocery store, a place of worship, a shopping mall, a community celebration, at work or in school, you are at risk for becoming a victim of senseless gun violence. Why is America the only industrialized nation in the world that is plagued by frequent mass shootings? Has our form of democracy allowed the minority to run amuck when it comes to the rights of an individual to own any kind of gun vs. the majority’s right to live without fear of mass murder?
Durham high school students plead with state leaders for action to combat gun violence
“Thoughts and prayers” are no longer enough to protect children from gun violence, says Durham Hillside High School Principal William Logan. Gun violence proliferates, Logan said, because guns are too readily available, and lawmakers are unwilling to pass meaningful gun control laws.
Advocates denounce GOP attempt to repeal pistol purchasing permit law
Sharon Robinson’s son was shot to death while shopping at a convenience store. The senseless murder robbed Robinson of the joy of shopping, She’s now afraid to enter the kinds of stores in which her son died. “My husband, he goes to the convenience store, gas station, pumps gas for me. I no longer go,” […]