guns
For every outraged indigence about "trampling" on the second amendment, with every word and breath, I am that young woman again, sitting in her truck in a parking lot, alone except for a 911 operator.
issues
mental illness
In the wake of Elliot Rodger, legislation is being proposed in California that would make it easier to prevent mentally ill individuals from buying guns. I think this is probably a good idea.
guns
“First time?” Not sure what gave it away. I assume that I am acting like a terrified deer, jumpy, my eyes wide, my pulse racing. Or maybe it’s that I keep putting at least 5 feet between myself and the gun, heavy in its basket.
in

Nov 14, 2013 at 12:00pm | 129 comments

politics
The United States has a very complex and tormented relationship with guns, and a debate format is just really not the best place to be exploring gun policy, gun violence and gun ownership. So I braced myself for a wild ride, and I got one.
guns
In the wake of the deaths of six- and seven-year-olds in Newtown, CT, giving my kid a toy gun just doesn't seem right. And I am not at all comfortable with the violence marketed to kids through video games and movies.
guns
Somehow we just keep drifting back to the case with the compact Ruger 9mm, like it's calling my name.
guns
You ever read about something that makes you despair for the human race? That's going to happen right now.
in

May 7, 2013 at 3:00pm | 86 comments

guns
On my only visit to a gun range, I mostly learned that the Second Amendment is super important to ensure that douchebags can fire many bullets at racist gun range targets. AMERICA!
in

May 15, 2012 at 2:00pm | 83 comments

violence
Sean and another dad simultaneously yelled, “Someone's shooting in the mall!” at the same time that I literally leapt out of my seat, pulled my child out of a tunnel by his feet, and ran.
guns
As an armed security police officer, I carried a side arm and a semi-automatic rifle everyday while I was on shift. People with mental illness can be responsible with a firearm, and like me, they can even be kick-ass first responders that are ready to serve their communities.
in

Jan 7, 2013 at 1:00pm | 73 comments

guns
If you are a babe who owns a gun, you might need one of these.
in

Jun 13, 2012 at 1:00pm | 71 comments

ihtm contest
It was easier for me to get my hands on a gun than it was to get help from any adult at school.
guns
And sadly, nope, that's not a headline from "The Onion" -- we only wish it were.
guns
One Saturday afternoon, I believe it was spring, my brother found a high-powered rifle in our father's closet. It was loaded
in

Sep 18, 2013 at 11:00am | 62 comments

vice
I went to the Vice world premiere of Erin Lee Carr's "Click. Print. Gun." last night having no idea what I was in for.
in

Mar 28, 2013 at 2:30pm | 60 comments

mental health
I take mental illness very seriously. So I’ve never regretted having my second husband committed to a psychiatric ward -- and would do it all over again, if need be.
murder
For me, the Senate's actions yesterday are personal because the weaknesses of our laws made it possible for three criminals to acquire the assault weapon that killed my sister.
guns
I was unnerved that some people didn’t just disagree with me: they wanted my very existence, my very humanity, erased, as painfully as possible, starting with my vagina.
burlesque
My day of espionage, and how learning poker made me feel like a better woman.
49ers
What's happened to our society that people now shoot each other at football games?