Jennifer Herbstritt (sister) and Jeremy Herbstritt on their aunt's front porch. (Courtesy of the Herbstritt family)

What The Mother Of A School Shooting Victim Taught Me About Parenthood

While planning to have a child of my own, I often asked myself: What would it feel like to parent a child who later died unexpectedly in a school shooting?

We are now stuck in a deadly pattern. And for what? For our Second Amendment rights?

Your Second Amendment Defense Means Nothing; 17 More Children Are Dead

The main push of the Second Amendment was to allow peoples who may be oppressed by those in power to defend themselves against such marginalization.

What will we say to our children about guns? I can’t stand to tell my daughter that the way we live now is the only way.

I Know How I’m Going To Talk To My Daughter About Sex, But Not About Guns

She will deal with the repercussions of other people’s dysfunctional relationship with guns, whether she chooses to or not.

All police officers, no matter how well intentioned, live in — and are affected by — a society rife with racism and ableism.  Image: Utility_inc/Pixabay.

Yes, Being A Cop Is A Tough Job. No, That Doesn't Excuse Incompetence.

It is a very difficult and dangerous job, and it does require officers to have the ability to make good split second decisions. None of that should mean that it’s OK to be incompetent, or that we should all rush to justify, ignore, or excuse incompetence, racism, ableism, and the inappropriate use of force.

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24 Ways To Be SUPEREXTRA Patriotic This 4th Of July

“Make America Great Again” with Trump bumper stickers. All over your car. And your neighbor’s car. “America” means cis, hetero, white/orange men in charge.

What on earth could go wrong?

Iowa Advances Bill To Allow Children To Use Hand Guns

The Iowa state House of Representatives advanced a bill yesterday that would make it lawful for children to use hand guns, with the direct supervision of parents.


Don’t Blame Muslims For San Bernardino. Hold Congress Accountable.

In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, being able to point the finger at a culprit helps sooth our national anguish. Following the Germanwings crash, we looked to the mental state of the pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who was routinely in treatment for psychological issues and depression; he told doctors he feared he was going blind.

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Nevada Lawmaker: "Hot Little Girls" Need Guns To Stop Rape

Also this week in "pantsuit politics": Rand Paul makes a ridiculous parody Hillary Clinton Pinterest page.