It’s how you ask the question!

On December 10, 2014, just before the second anniversary of the horrific shootings at Newtown Elementary School, Pew Research Center released the results of its most recent survey of gun attitudes in the United States. The Pew headline read “Growing Public Support for...

The Cost of Gun Violence

So much has eloquently been written, here and elsewhere, about the ripple effect of gun violence and its human cost. We can intuit this reality, although we often do not make the true connection and experience the deepest sort of grief about it until it comes directly...

Guns and Domestic Violence Can’t be Separated

Last October former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spoke briefly at the University of Southern Maine on a subject she knows so much about. There at the invitation of the Maine Coalition To End Domestic Violence, Giffords told the group of community leaders, “Dangerous...

A Review of Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

When I was fourteen years old, there was a shooting two houses away from our home on Long Island, New York. It was early July and when the shots were fired, most of us assumed it was fireworks. But then I heard the voice of a teenage friend screaming “I’ll kill him!...

Beyond Acting Locally

Addressing the scourge of gun violence in our country requires that we work hard to create new ways to bridge our historic divisions of race, ethnicity, class, and place. I live in West Hartford, Connecticut. The Town of West Hartford voted to separate from the City...

Our Commitment to Finding Common Ground

In her 2010 book, The New Jim Crow, attorney and author Michelle Alexander makes the case that the 1980s war on drugs was really a war on young black men.  “Three strikes and you’re out” was the strident rallying cry of the day; and laws were...