Gun Murders Down, But You Might Not Know It

Gun murders have plunged in the United States, and the rates are lowest for older Americans, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. In 2010, the rate of firearm homicides was 8 per million for people 65 and older (down from 14 per million in 1993) and 23 per million for people ages 41-64 (down from 42 per million in 1993). The firearm-homicide rate for all ages was 36 per million, still a lot better than the …

Troubled Boy: What if He Were Your Grandson?

A heartfelt, searing blog post by a 40-year-old mother about her mentally ill son has made many parents and grandparents wonder how they would handle a child with frighteningly violent outbursts. Idaho mother Liza Long, who writes The Anarchist Soccer Mom blog, published her painfully honest post about her 13-year-old son soon after the horrific shooting of schoolchildren by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Her post – with the provocative phrase “I am Adam Lanza’s …

Clint Eastwood Explains his Position on Gun Control

Warner Brothers invited me to the Smithsonian Institution ceremony last night at which Clint Eastwood was presented with the museum’s James Smithson Bicentennial Medal, and I must say it was a bittersweet moment for me. That’s because Clint, for some reason, opted out of our AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Gala in Hollywood next week, at which we were going to present him with our Golden Chair Award for J. Edgar. Go Figure. I briefly considered bringing Clint’s trophy along to …