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The epidemic of gun violence is galvanizing the nation as we approach autumn, when schools reopen and Congress returns from its August recess. Parents will surely be worrying whether their children are safe at school, and advocates on both sides of the gun-safety issue will be urging national and state leaders to act, one way or the other: on universal background checks, assault weapons restrictions, and removing weapons from mentally unstable or potentially violent individuals. This is America, so lawsuits will follow whatever steps are taken, or not taken.
The frequency of American gun violence is unacceptable. The problem is epidemic in Chicago and Baltimore, and we’re seeing once relatively calm urban centers traumatized again by violent street crimes. Washington, D.C., and New York City had experienced notable decreases in violent crimes and are now seeing those trends reversing. Our homes, schools, places of worship, malls, streets, and outdoor entertainment areas must be safe places for everyone.
Acts - Violence - Coercive - Behavior - Doors
We are also learning about more “private” acts of violence: coercive or criminal behavior that occurs behind closed doors in the workplace, our homes, and even some religious institutions. Until relatively recently, these incidents have been ignored, underreported, or rationalized. Many situations have involved high-profile individuals: celebrities such as Harvey Weinstein, Mark Helprin, Matt Lauer, and Charlie Rose accused of sexual assault or harassment; a secretary of defense nomination withdrawn amidst domestic violence allegations; a White House staff secretary dismissed after allegedly abusing two former wives; and priests who tolerated, excused, or committed pedophilia.
Private violence or coercion involves exercising power over another usually weaker or dependent individual. This behavior often violates civil or criminal laws: creating a hostile workplace, sexual harassment, (felony) assault and battery, and rape.
Causes - Today - Violence - Language - Media
We debate the causes of today’s violence: hateful language, social media, easily obtainable guns, violent music, movies, and video...
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