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On The Gun Issue

January 10th, 2011


This piece originally appeared in the New York Times.

We don’t yet know the motive of the shooter, but high profile mass killings usually lead to some talk of gun safety measures. It is one of the sad and unfortunate aspects of the gun issue that the issue only seems to arise when tragedies occur. Some of the hardest days of my life involved talking to a mother or father who lost a little boy or little girl and then lecturing them on what was possible in Congress. The activists on the gun rights side are gun enthusiasts; the activists on the gun control side had something very bad happen to someone very close to them.

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As American as apple pie

April 20th, 2010


This piece was originally published in Politico.

April really is the cruelest month.

April 19, 1995 — the Oklahoma City bombing. 168 killed.

April 19, 1993 — the Waco siege ends with a catastrophic fire. 76 dead.

April 20, 1999 — the Columbine school shootings. 13 dead.

April 16, 2007 — the Virginia Tech shootings. 32 people murdered.

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