Gun control movement adds a new spokeswoman

After a gunman opened fire during a Louisiana screening of her most recent movie, “Trainwreck,” Amy Schumer has joined the gun control fight. She appeared Monday with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer who announced a three-part gun violence initiative. Meanwhile, read this powerful open letter to Amy Schumer from Sarah Clements, whose mother survived the …

So what does gun violence cost us?

$229 billion. 2. 2. 9. Billion. Read more at the above Mother Jones link. They’ve been studying the topic since the 2012 Colorado theater mass shooting that left 58 wounded and 12 dead. All told in the last decade, gunshots wounded at least 750,000 Americans and 320,000 killed. Do we really want to keep listening …

First day of school, first school shooting

Leftover sends this, yet another disturbing story about gun violence. So. Do we toughen our gun laws? Do we severely punish those who break them? Do we have more no-questions-asked gun collections by police? Do we look at how our entertainment glorifies gun violence? Do we increase economic opportunities and decrease hopelessness in neighborhoods most …

Prayers for the Sikhs, and prayers for the rest of us, too.

On Sunday, a gunman went into a Wisconsin Sikh temple and shot and killed six Sikhs before he was shot and killed, himself, by a police officer arriving at the scene. One of the quotes from a family member was that when he heard of the death of his loved one, “the heart just sat …

Another Trayvon Martin, this one in Milwaukee

Darius Simmons, 13, was recently shot to death as he brought his family’s trash cans in from the curb. The shooter, Darius Simmons’ 75-year old neighbor, has pleaded not guilty. The family had just moved to their new neighborhood because the mother, Patricia Larry [pictured], wanted to be in a safer place. As Kevin Powell …