Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for April 22nd through April 29th:
- ‘Everybody Is Going to Be OK’: The Difference a Gun Makes – “Four people hurt in Albuquerque church stabbing,” reads the L.A. Times headline. “Hurt” being the key word there. According to police and in the words of the church’s pastor, “It sounds like everybody is going to be OK.”
Those aren’t words you expect to hear when a pistol or assault rifle is in the mix.
- Op-Ed Contributor: Calling 911 Shouldn’t Lead to Jail – Too many people die of overdoses because the people with them are afraid to call for help.
- Op-Ed Columnist: The Story of Our Time – A refresher on our economic woes, and why this is a very bad time for cuts.
- Equality’s Nor’easter – At this point, it’s almost a yawn: The last and most Catholic New England state, tiny Rhode Island, population just over one million, passed marriage equality last week. Just nine years after Massachusetts set off moral panic nationwide and triggered the final wave of state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage, all of New England has now followed the Bay State’s lead.
- America only gets outraged about gun violence in white neighbourhoods | Mia McKenzie – There's a racial double standard about the horrors of US gun crimes. Even President Obama has succumbed to it
- Why does America lose its head over ‘terror’ but ignore its daily gun deaths? | Michael Cohen | Comment is free | The Observer – The marathon bombs triggered a reaction that is at odds with last week's inertia over arms control
- Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence? | Alternet – Feelings of fear and powerlessness are driving the cycle of violence that surrounds us. To change that, we need to recognize that we need each other to thrive as individuals.