newtown shooting

Here's some good news: despite our short collective attention span, despite the fiscal-cliff debacle dominating the headlines shortly after the Newtown shooting, the U.S. scourge of gun violence is still part of the national conversation. Now, every time I hear a public official mention Newtown and Aurora but not Chicago—which experienced a startling spike in gun homicides in 2012, mostly in poor, black neighborhoods—I'm ashamed at the implication that some killings deserve more shock and outrage than others. Still, whatever it takes to motivate people to take on the pro-gun lobby, I'm grateful to see it happening.
January 8, 2013

On Sunday I attended a worship service at which the air was heavy with a sense of loss. But I saw the church being the church at its best.
December 21, 2012

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, political will is growing to do something about guns. People are moved to act—and we must act.
December 20, 2012