74 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook, When Does It Stop?

There have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. That equals an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week.[1]

Courtesy of the Washington Post. This map is of the cities where the 74 shootings place. Note: Blue markers represent incidents in 2014; red markers are for incidents from 2013.

Those numbers are unbearable to write. How is it possible that we’ve watch this unfold weekly and nothing has changed. Perhaps you’ve seen on Facebook the bullet proof backpack or blanket you can buy your child. That’s right, to be a good parent you might have to buy …read more

Cheers to Pennsylvania!

Congratulations to Pennsylvania! The federal government struck down the Pennsylvania’s ban on marriage equality on May 20th, declaring:

“We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Following this decision, Gov. Tom Corbett stated that the state would not appeal the ruling.

Image from the Human Rights Campaign

What does this mean? It means as of today:

29 states have either enacted marriage equality through legislation or the ballot, or had their state marriage bans struck down as unconstitutional. Same-sex couples can legally marry …read more

Putting Conflict Out of Style

conflict (Photo credit: Adam Prince)

This week, we commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. As a nation, we have come to a place where we have made 9/11 a Day of Service and Remembrance to honor the memory of all those who were lost on that day.

However, immediately after the attacks, many Americans wanted revenge. Our nation’s response was to engage in two wars in Afghanistan (beginning in October 2001) and Iraq (beginning in March 2003). The war in Iraq went on for more than seven years, with the last US troops leaving Iraq …read more

The Dangers of Lead Still Loom

Jamaica has had a 40% drop in its murder rate from 2009 to 2013. There are many events that may have attributed to this drop: a major drug lord arrest; an emphasis on community police, violence reduction and combating corruption; and replacing leaded gasoline with unleaded. Wait, unleaded gasoline? That’s right. From 1990-2000, Jamaica started to phase out leaded gasoline, which leads some to believe that the beneficial impact of youth with lower levels of lead poisoning is just beginning.

Leaded gas which has been banned in the US since 1995, one of TIME’s 50 worst inventions, has been linked …read more

Trimming Childhood Obesity in the U.S.

Imagine this scenario:

You are a single parent with two young children to support. Your last five dollar bill is in your pocket and pay day is tomorrow. There are two locations where you can purchase food in your neighborhood – a liquor store that sells packaged goods, and a Burger King. Your kids are hungry.

What would you do?

Many people placed in this situation would (and do) opt for the less expensive food options in their neighborhood, when forced to weigh availability and cost against nutrition. These, and many other factors, have amplified America’s obesity epidemic among low-income …read more

Kids with Guns

Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. Or so the story goes. So what happens when it’s a 4-year old doing the killing? In two incidents last week two different 4-year olds were able to access a loaded gun and accidently discharge it, killing a 6 year old playmate and a sheriff’s deputy’s wife. The result is there are now two dead, two children who will never be able to forget the tragedy they were a part of, and several families in ruins.

There are so many arguments that can come from these tragedies. We need better gun control, better …read more

The Capital Punishment Crowd

Source: Amnesty International

Amnesty International recently released their annual report on the countries with the most executions. With 43 total executions in 2012 the USA ranked 5th this year on Amnesty’s list for the worst offenders. Who else is on this cringe-worthy list? At the top is China followed by Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. This is the company we keep.

This year Maryland made major strides when the death penalty was abolished. However, there are still 32 states that utilize the death penalty.

Source: Death Penalty Information Center

Why should we join the enlightened world …read more