Topic: gun violence

My White Privilege Stopped Me From Seeing That Toy Guns Are A Life Or Death Issue

My White Privilege Stopped Me From Seeing That Toy Guns Are A Life Or Death Issue

Most parents, at some point, have the debate about whether or not they should allow their children — in particular, their sons — to play with toy weapons. I remember having lots of discussions with other moms about that when my son was about two or three, and deciding that, for the most part, I didn’t care. How lucky I was, to be able to make that decision in such a lackadaisical way. And how ignorant I was for not seeing that until recently. More »

4-Year-Old Accidentally Kills Father With A Gun A Friend Left Just Lying Around

4-Year-Old Accidentally Kills Father With A Gun A Friend Left Just Lying Around

I don’t want to hear how the dad should have been paying better attention and this was somehow his fault, because any parent with a small child can tell you that they are amazingly observant and can find things well before a distracted adult can. This poor dad and his poor little boy who is far too little to understand what happened. I don’t GET the need to own a gun. I don’t understand it. But even moreso, I really don’t understand gun owners who leave their firearms lying around out in the open and loaded. More »

Blanks Fired At Cannes TV Broadcast And I Would Have Freaked Out Too

Blanks Fired At Cannes TV Broadcast And I Would Have Freaked Out Too

Although I’ve never heard gunshot noises in a crowd like the people at this Cannes TV broadcast, I will admit that all of the public gun violence in the news has seriously affected my ability to enjoy many public settings — namely malls and movie theaters. I went to see Star Trek in IMAX 3D with my husband the other day, and when the previews started up, I started to panic a little about how dark and crowded it was. What if somebody in there had a gun? More »