“It is the curse of humanity that it learns to tolerate even the most horrible situations by habituation” – Rudolf Virchow, MD OVER THE COURSE of 1,000 days spanning 2014 to 2016, our state was home to 618 shootings. During that period, 19 children were shot. Worse, not a single perpetrator was arrested in any(...)
Demonstrations against gun violence should stir nation's conscience
ONE OF US (LSD) is a Democrat. The other (PR) is a Republican. We disagree on many issues, but on the issue of access to assault rifles, we are in agreement. After initial efforts focused on the Florida legislature, an entire nation has now witnessed young people, and many not so young people, peacefully take(...)
It’s always hard to know a particular moment in time is the turning point in a debate. In hindsight, marking the point is easy but in the midst of a change, it’s not always clear when the momentum shifts. But what Harvey Weinstein and the #metoo movement have done for bringing awareness to sexual harassment(...)
Boston has become one of the safer big cities in the United States. In 2015, the city’s murder rate reached a 10-year low, with just 39 people killed. That number climbed to 47 homicides last year, but still remained far below the murderous days of the crack epidemic of the early 1990s, when the city(...)
There is often very little daylight between victims and victimizers in the mayhem caused by gang-fueled gun violence. Sometimes that is the case figuratively, with today’s target of a gang shooting becoming tomorrow’s gun-wielding retaliatory marksman. But it can also be true in a literal sense, as Saturday’s shooting of a Roxbury 2-year-old lays bare.(...)
What’s the right thing to do with an 18-year-old caught with a gun?
Photographs by Mark Ostow DIANE MCMANUS SAYS her youngest child, Timothy, is “no street kid.” He was “raised in the church,” she says, a respectful son who minded the rules she set down, even as a teenager growing up in a rough patch of Dorchester off Blue Hill Avenue. But while Diane McManus was out(...)
AG says manufacturers and dealers knowingly sell illegal guns in Mass.
ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY has drawn a line in the sand: Beginning immediately, Massachusetts gun dealers are on notice that selling a semi-automatic rifle that doesn’t comply with the state’s ban on assault weapons will result in criminal and civil penalties. Healey made the declaration in a press conference this morning — and in an(...)
For a newspaper opinion page, it’s the closest thing there is to shouting something from the rooftops. Today’s Boston Globe — both online and in print — leads with a large-type three-word call: “MAKE IT STOP.” The “it” is the carnage of mass shootings in this country, as the paper calls for a national ban(...)
It’s the sheer randomness of the violence that sends such shivers. One minute people are blithely going about their business without a care; the next they are in the grip of utter terror, wondering as bullets fly if these are their final moments. That undoubtedly captures the feelings of those trapped at a San Bernardino(...)
Yesterday’s live broadcast of the execution of two unsuspecting Virginia television journalists was shocking, but in many ways simply represented the elevation to a new level of the digital era and violence. “The shooting and the horrifying images it produced marked a new chapter in the intersection of video, violence, and social media,” said the(...)