The Religious Society of Friends, known as Quakers, have an expression called "holding in the light..."
Reducing gun violence in modern America, is not as simple as in "Destry." But neither is it a lot more complicated!
The bravery of the first responders, whether public workers, runners, fans or race volunteers, in rushing toward those who were hurt and towards the explosion, smoke and chaos is to be saluted and recognized.
On Feb. 14, an annual event highlighted the fact that one out of three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. The same day Reeva Steenkamp was killed, allegedly by Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius.
It's not complicated. Less guns equals less murders. But arms sales are through the roof now.
Since coming to Philadelphia in 1973, I personally have known at least six parents/grandparents who have lost a total of seven children and grandchildren to gun violence.
Bushmaster, manufacturer of the semi-automatic rifle used to kill 20 small children and six teachers, is a multi-million-dollar firm.
While we mourn the victims of the heinous shootings in Newtown, Conn., it is important to pause for a moment to reflect on what this violence means.
Americans are left pondering why and wondering what if anything can be done to stop it and also, 'how did this occur, and what caused it?'
I first heard of Gene Sharp from a commentator on National Public Radio. He said that he had examined the "Arab Spring" upsurges in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya and Yemen.