The Washington Post/Getty Images
Dawn - Pink Chick/Flickr
More action equals less mourning.
Colin Perkel/Canadian Press
The victims' identities have not been released.
Steve Shepard via Getty Images
A man is fighting for his life after being shot.
GUILLERMO ARIAS via Getty Images
"Can you imagine any other consumer product that caused one serious injury a day over a period of five years?''
Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The rise of Mexican cartels can have ramifications in Canada that exceed drug-related problems commonly associated with them. Cartel activities can have a direct impact on immigration, human trafficking, money laundering and cybercrime in Canada.
Here we are, mere days into a new year. On the first day of 2017 there were already 264
incidents of gun violence in the U.S. -- with at least 64 people killed and 146 injured. As of
January 5 those numbers rose to 500 shootings, 113 deaths and 288 injuries. If, like me, you had hopes that, if Hillary Clinton became president, we might at last see some much-needed, long-overdue gun control in the U.S. we can certainly forget about it now. Not with Donald Trump as president.
EVERSOFINE via Getty Images
"It was like he lost his mind."
We've lost those we've never heard of and those we worshipped from afar. The famous and the
infamous. Those whose poetry and music and performances and stories and athletic prowess and acts of heroism and sacrifice we admired. We counted on them to help us get through the trials and tribulations of our lives.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.
Joshua Lott/Getty Images
“When you don’t know what to look for, or can’t recognize what you are seeing, it can be easy to miss warning signs or dismiss them as unimportant. That can lead to tragic consequences."
Tetra Images via Getty Images
"The availability of guns is so prevalent in America to the point where you almost can't tell who has a gun."
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS via Getty Images
September 20. It was an ordinary Tuesday, at least it started out that way. The sun was shining, I worked on a writing assignment in the morning and then I went shopping for a birthday gift. I returne...
Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Seeing an innocent member of your 'team' die tragically feeds this sense of 'us and them.' Micah Johnson, the Dallas shooter, did not see fathers, sons or brothers. He only saw white people and cops. This is the same mentality that fuels the atrocities of ISIS. When we see a group instead of an individual we feel justified in killing an innocent member of that group. Trained as a soldier, Johnson only saw 'the enemy.'
Charles Krupa/AP via Canadian Press
In a desperate plea to my fellow Americans who remain dogged in their devotion to the Second Amendment, please consider the words of someone worthy of respect -- Jesus Christ: "The law was made to serve man, the man was not made to serve the law." In other words, Jesus is saying that if the law isn't serving us as a society -- we should fix it!
Adrees Latif / Reuters
They were selling $5 tickets to win an AR-15 rifle.
Bloomberg via Getty Images
The solution to ending the senseless violence that continues to rock the U.S. is a simple one; a nation-wide ban on assault rifles. Period. I completely appreciate why some people are protective of the right to own a firearm.... Again, I grew up around firearms and in no way am I anti-gun. But... these are weapons that have no place in an otherwise safe and civil society.
Alex_Schmidt via Getty Images
People occasionally get angry enough to lash out at someone or at a group. People sometimes get scared enough to fear for their lives. People sometimes make simple mistakes. People sometimes wish they were dead. Under all of these circumstances, having a gun nearby will make any action lethal.
Rolf Hicker via Getty Images
The investigation is ongoing.
Mark Wilson via Getty Images
Two teens were arrested Tuesday.
Roberto Machado Noa via Getty Images
"It will potentially save lives and spare families the pain of these extraordinary losses."
WILLIAM WEST via Getty Images
The victim was already unresponsive when paramedics arrived at the scene, police said.
In the decade before Australia's 1996 Port Arthur massacre, 11 mass shootings left 100 dead. There have been none since. Homicides and suicides also plummeted.
Volanthevist via Getty Images
It's clear that despite all the convincing research demonstrating how guns make us less safe, not more safe, Americans are still very much enamoured with their guns. They rationalize, justify and explain away each tragedy, whether an accidental death by a handgun or a mass shooting of innocent people by rifles or automatic weapons. It's not a logical argument; it's an emotional one, and until we can address the complex psychology at the root of the desire to own guns, we aren't going to convince people to give them up.
ROSLAN RAHMAN via Getty Images
In essence, carrying anything and being Black will get you killed these days. Perhaps instead of DWB ("Driving while Black"), we need "Living While Black," because it seems to be an increasing struggle to do anything without getting killed -- even for children.
Twitter exploded with comments by people wondering how Michael Zehaf-Bibeau could get a gun in Canada. The myth is that private citizens can't own guns. While the country doesn't have something along the lines of a Second Amendment to the Constitution, citizens can own guns. That's because the Canadian system is more about licensing and registration than restriction. And even that's been watered down in the last few years.
Many Americans will point to the constitution and the sacred right to bear arms. It's a fundamental freedom -- an American tradition carried out for generations. But guess what? The constitution was written 250 years ago at a time there was no government agency to keep the peace and protect civilians. It therefore made perfect sense to allow people to form their own militias to defend themselves because nobody else was going to do it.
We are all shocked and outraged by Elliot Rodger's shooting spree in Isla Vista, California -- with three legally purchased handguns and over 400 rounds of ammunition. I can understand us being outraged -- but shocked? Really?
This horrible violence is bound to happen again, somewhere else, today or tomorrow, maybe in my neighborhood or yours -- how can any of us think it won't?
Exactly one year ago today, we were driving from Boston to Washington, happily listening to a random program when a news alert interrupted. Unconfirmed reports told us that dozens of students had been killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
WASHINGTON -- There have been many instances of mass gun violence during the presidency of Barack Obama. Some faded away without much public recognition, while others grabbed the attention of the nati...
They were at a cottage. Just two days ago on a crisp September morning. My friend sat on a raft with her 19-month-old little boy. They were cuddling and soaking up the sunshine when she heard a strange noise; her toddler started to shake and wail uncontrollably. When her husband rushed over to them, another shot hit the boat beside them.