- The Republicans’ cowardly and contemptible servitude to the NRA stands alone in its cravenness and in its costs: the death and maiming of so many thousands of Americans, year after year, shattering families and inflicting the stain of violence on our country. And the GOP’s only answer is to promise us more.
- It is long past time for Americans to call them on it.
- Related: How the NRA Enables Massacres
- Related: Why Did the CDC Stop Researching Gun Violence?
Richard North Patterson, Huffington Post
Harrison McClary / Reuters
03/29/2016 | The tragic toll of war stupefies and stuns. In the 240 years since the Revolutionary War, we have sacrificed nearly 1.4 million Americans to war. In itself, this number is hard to grasp.
But harder yet is to reckon the human cost — of husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters; of perished potential; of achievements and kindnesses which will never be; of families forever shattered. However justified some wars may be, war sobers us, diminishes us, cheats us. We struggle to find some national purpose to console us, some nobility of spirit to uplift us. We mourn the tragedies of Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, the wars of our last half-century.
Richard North Patterson, Novelist and contributing opinion writer, Huffington Post
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How the NRA Enables Massacres, Cliff Schecter, Daily Beast
As a shooting spree leaves seven dead in California, the gun lobby is trying to thwart attempts to study gun deaths and officials who see gun violence as a public health crisis.
Why Did the CDC Stop Researching Gun Violence? Kate Masters, the Trace
- The agency’s former leaders say it could do more to explore the subject, but its officials fear political—and personal—retribution.
- Related: My gun violence story could become your gun violence story