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  • Bill would allow carrying concealed pistol without permit

    11/22/2016 1:42:57 PM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 22 nov 2016
    PIERRE | A Republican state lawmaker plans to sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would allow people who can legally carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota to do so without a permit. Right now, it's a misdemeanor under state law for someone to carry a concealed pistol or to have one concealed in a vehicle without a permit. Rep. Lynne DiSanto said Monday that her bill is about personal protection. "I just hope this opens the door to people considering being gun owners and having the opportunity to protect themselves and their families as it was...
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Despite promises, feds’ fight against guns lagging (modified barf alert)

    11/04/2016 7:59:50 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 4 nov 2016
    For all the promises from federal authorities to do all they can to help Chicago fight gun violence, their prosecutions of gun crimes here have remained stagnant, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found. “The Department of Justice will continue to do everything in its power to help the city of Chicago combat gun violence,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in July 2014, vowing to keep up “the federal government’s ongoing commitment to helping local leaders ensure Chicago’s streets are safe.”
  • Schneider: Obamacare fans want you to pay to fix their mistakes

    10/30/2016 6:42:40 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 1 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 30 oct 2016 | Christian Schneider
    On a new episode of Netflix’s futuristic sci-fi show “Black Mirror,” (warning: mild spoilers ahead) the British government devises a way to mitigate the environmental damage done when bees become extinct. A secret department creates tiny mechanical, self-replicating bees that distribute pollen, allowing flowers to flourish and the ecosystem to continue on unimpeded. That is, until a devious programmer learns to hack the bees, wreaking havoc and terror on the public. “The government is a (expletive),” says the episode’s protagonist, played by the wonderful Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald. “We knew that already.” Of course, in real life, we have not...
  • Editorial: Feds need to pick up game vs. gun crime

    10/25/2016 5:03:35 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 25 oct 2016 | Thomas Frisbie
    Can we get a little help here, Mr. Fardon? Chicago is beset by gun crimes. Just over the weekend, shootings took the lives of six and wounded 32 more. So far this year, there have been more than 3,550 shootings, nearly 20 percent more than all of last year. To fight this scourge, we need all hands on deck. So why isn’t the U.S. attorney’s office here, headed by you, Mr. Fardon, doing more to combat gun violence? In an analysis published in Sunday’s Sun-Times, reporters Mick Dumke, Frank Main and Jon Seidel show that federal weapons charges in Chicago...
  • One gun's journey — 42 bullets fired, 2 killed, 5 wounded (barf alert)

    10/09/2016 7:33:15 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09 oct 2016 | Annie Sweeney
    The young woman arrived home to find a footprint still visible on her front door. Her South Shore apartment had been broken into, and the small safe she kept under her bed was missing, along with the black .40-caliber Glock handgun she kept inside. Over the next year, that Glock would fire 42 bullets, leaving shell casings scattered on walkways, porches and side streets. In the hands of a street gang, the gun was used in at least five separate shootings that left two dead and five others wounded, police say. Officers found the weapon — loaded with 21 rounds...
  • Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny (need a link)

    10/03/2016 5:20:40 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02 oct 2016
    ---I can't find a link that works for this article--if someone out there could help , it would be appreciated---
  • Editorial: More blood in the news cries out for saner gun laws

    09/28/2016 4:02:59 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 47 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 28 sept 2016
    Three important news stories this week, taken together, cry out for saner gun laws in Illinois — beginning with tougher penalties for gun crimes. In the first story, a man charged with shooting and killing another man near Millennium Park on Saturday was reported to have a criminal record that should have precluded him from even being on the street. The suspect, Paul Pagan, 32 had been arrested 39 times and was twice convicted for pointing a gun during an argument. He has convictions for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reckless conduct, marijuana possession and possession of a stolen...
  • Activists converge on downtown Glencoe, pushing gun control (barf alert)

    09/27/2016 4:27:39 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27 sept 2016 | Irv Leavitt
    Irv Leavitt "I just want to be a neutral," in the gun control debate, said Stephanie Macakanja. "I really try not to be political." But she agreed Saturday to allow a "no-guns" sticker on the front door of her two-year-old Glencoe gift shop, Blacksheep General Store, 346 Park Ave. "If they came in here one-on-one, we might have had a longer conversation," she said. "But when they came in here en masse — just give me the sticker." Northbrook gun-control activists Lee Goodman and Nancy Goodman, joined by about two dozen members of their group Peaceful Communities and members of...
  • 'Playing guns,' spaghetti Westerns and our violent gun culture

    09/26/2016 5:11:12 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 55 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 26 sept 2016 | John Blades
    I grew up with guns. Along with my boyhood pals, I grew up coveting, collecting and running wild with guns. "Let's play guns!" was our sham battle cry during those innocent years, the 1940s and '50s. While girls were jumping rope and playing jacks, we boys were shooting up the neighborhood. Depending on the season, we were just as likely to have been playing baseball, basketball or football. But "guns" was our sport for all seasons, fair weather and foul, indoors and out. From prekindergarten years until adolescence, guns had a powerful grip on our imaginations and our sporting lives,...
  • Question 1 a first step in eroding Nevada’s gun laws

    09/21/2016 3:41:04 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Stavros Anthony
    In a recent editorial (“NRA’s wailing doesn’t drown out facts on background checks,” Sept. 4-10 edition), The Sunday claims the Question 1 gun-control ballot initiative is an “attempt at reasonable gun control” and portrays opponents as “fear-mongering.” But in the same breath, The Sunday acknowledges expanded background checks would will not solve gun violence and adds, “it is a step in the right direction.” That means that if the state were to adopt Question 1, which would criminalize virtually all private firearms transfers, gun-control supporters would immediately be calling for even more gun-control laws. That is exactly how it has...
  • To end senseless homicides, give suspected Chicago killers the Capone treatment

    09/01/2016 3:18:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1 sept 2016 | Sean Kennedy
    Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson wants Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to reveal his "magic bullet" for combating the spate of murders here. Johnson has a point — what exactly is Trump's secret plan to end the gun violence? The GOP candidate should answer this challenge. Here's a simple plan: Chicago should "Al Capone" its killers. When the notorious Chicago gangster finally went down in 1931, it wasn't because of his complicity in scores of murders or bootlegging that brought him outlandish wealth. The mob boss was taken down because he did not pay his taxes — and that brought...
  • Chicago gangs no longer know or fear the police, and bodies pile up

    08/31/2016 5:08:57 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 31 aug 2916 | John Kass
    The dead multiply in Chicago, the fruit of the gang wars ripening in August. With at least 78 killed so far, August is the deadliest month in nearly 20 years, according to a Tribune analysis. It's all but certain that the city's homicide total will push beyond the 491 dead of last year. August most violent month in Chicago in nearly 20 years August most violent month in Chicago in nearly 20 years And people in those Chicago neighborhoods that have become killing fields look with dread toward the Labor Day weekend. So do City Hall and the police. Twenty-five...
  • Public support, pleas from grieving family fail to move Wisconsin (snip) (barf alert)

    08/28/2016 4:59:33 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 28 aug 2016 | ALEXANDRA ARRIAGA
    On a Sunday afternoon nearly four years ago, Elvin Daniel was in his garden when he got a call from police: His sister, Zina Haughton, had been shot at work. Zina’s abusive husband, Radcliffe Haughton, used a semiautomatic handgun that he bought from a man in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in Germantown the day before the shooting. He killed Zina Haughton, Maelyn Lind and Cary Robuck and wounded four others at the Azana Salon & Spa in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. He then used the weapon to kill himself. Zina, 42, left behind two daughters, ages...
  • Editorial: Gun lessons from an ISIS recruit and John Hinckley Jr. (barf alert)

    08/05/2016 5:03:25 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 05 aug 2016
    Arming terrorists for attacks on the United States is a piece of cake. So says a former recruit of the world’s most infamous terrorist group, ISIS. From a German prison, Harry Sarfo recently explained that while ISIS sends trained recruits from Syrian camps to other countries to help execute terrorist attacks, it usually employs a different approach in the United States. It’s “much easier” to reach potential terrorist recruits in America “over the social network,’’ Sarfo told the New York Times. And once they take the internet bait, he said, arming them is simple. “Americans, they’re dumb because they have...
  • Federal judge: Voters without ID may vote in November by signing affidavit

    07/19/2016 2:28:08 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 62 replies
    People without photo identification will be able to vote in November's general election by signing an affidavit stating they could not obtain identification, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued a preliminary injunction order on Tuesday in a case challenging the state's law requiring voters to have photo identification, granting a request from the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU's request called for an affidavit option for voters who face a "reasonable impediment" to obtain a valid photo ID.
  • Jesse Jackson: After Dallas and Baton Rouge, we need action (beyond barf alert)

    07/19/2016 5:14:39 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 19 july 2016
    As the Republican Party holds its national convention in Cleveland, Americans have been shaken by the shootings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., following the police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights, Minn. I spoke at the funeral of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, weeping with his family and friends, as they remembered and mourned their loved one. I spoke later at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, leaders of the police in different communities, and witnessed their tears as they mourned the deaths of their fellow police officers in Baton Rouge.
  • Madravenspeak: The Second Amendment: Looking into the mirror of cultural psychosis

    07/17/2016 3:28:52 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 28 replies
    Capital Times ^ | 17 july 2016 | Patricia Randolph
    What kind of mind actually wants to kill something? What is wrong with the psyche of a man who looks at a lion, or a deer, or any sentient being and wants to kill it for no other reason than the sport of killing? ~ Tom Grasso, Elephant Journal Wayne LaPierre heads a rigid, macho National Rifle Association that represents much that is sick in America and in the Republican Party. The NRA has played into the astonishing insecurity and entitlement of white male supremacy, marketing guns as if they represent “freedom” and “independence.” The United States is awash in...
  • Editorial: Weakness of gun laws goes on display in Cleveland

    07/15/2016 5:23:18 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 15 july 2016
    On the streets outside a national political convention, citizens should have the right to give thundering voice to issues they care about. But how free will any protesters feel to shout out their minds at the Republican National Convention next week if others who disagree take advantage of Ohio’s lax laws to tote powerful weapons outside the hall? Although many protesters no doubt will show up in Cleveland, we wonder how many will quietly stay home, unnerved at the thought of marching amid so much firepower. The chilling effect is a problem cropping up even at local community meetings across...
  • The NRA's internal revolt over Philando Castile (barf alert)

    07/10/2016 3:27:56 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10 jly 2016
    After a fatal shooting involving gun violence in Minnesota, it wasn't just gun control advocates criticizing the National Rifle Association. Some blowback, surprisingly, was coming from within the organization. People claiming to be lifelong members of the NRA challenged the group's stance on gun rights after the organization appeared to drag its feet in addressing the police-involved shooting in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, of Philando Castile, a law-abiding gun owner, which had already garnered national attention.
  • Editorial: A smarter way to stop habitual gun offenders

    07/02/2016 3:34:36 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 29 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 02 july 2016
    As police fanned out across the city Friday to guard against Fourth of July weekend shootings, a group including Illinois Sen. Kwame Raoul and Police Supt. Eddie T. Johnson announced a new effort to cut down on gun crime. Although the legislation has yet to be drawn up, the idea behind it — “presumptive guidelines” — looks to us like a smart way to keep the worst gun offenders off the streets for longer periods of time. It would crack down harder on gun crimes without stripping judges of all discretion — and that means it could pull enough votes...
  • Feingold misfiring on gun issue (former Wisconsin senator)

    06/30/2016 3:40:47 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 30 june 2016 | Christion Schneider
    ---(snip)--- "In fact, using agreement as a political cudgel is a strategy that persists. Last week, Democratic Senate candidate Russ Feingold slammed his opponent, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, as having a "shameful" approach on gun control. Earlier in the week, Johnson helped block a Senate proposal that would have barred individuals on federal terrorist watch lists from purchasing firearms — a measure that Johnson argued would deprive individuals of a constitutional right without due process. Yet in any typical year, Johnson's largest backer on that front would be... Russ Feingold. For years, Feingold has been a critic of banning gun...
  • Democrats go too far on guns

    06/28/2016 4:16:26 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 june 2016 | Ben Boychuk
    Once upon a time, Democrats would sit-in to press for civil rights. Today, they sit-in to take civil rights away. How else to describe the goal of last week's 24-hour sit-in by House Democrats? They took to the floor Wednesday demanding a vote on gun control legislation in the wake of last week's terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Gun ownership is a right. Due process of law is a right. The government needs to meet a very high threshold before denying citizens either one. Rep. John Lewis led the protest, which devolved into screaming matches early Thursday....
  • A good guy with a gun isn’t the answer (barf alert)

    06/26/2016 6:12:06 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 51 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 26 june 2016 | Angela Stroud
    It has happened again: another mass shooting. For those of us who have spent a lot of time in places like the Pulse night club, this mass murder is particularly painful. In a culture in which queer people are made to feel grateful for merely being tolerated, gay clubs are spaces where we are celebrated — safe havens that represent the opposite of repression and violence. To have that shattered by someone pledging allegiance to ISIS is an incomprehensible contradiction. It doesn't make any sense.
  • Speaking different languages on gun control

    06/22/2016 4:37:11 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 22 jun 2016 | Christian Schneider
    We've all heard former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan's admonition that "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Yet the public debate about guns in America takes Moynihan's warning to the next level: Each side not only has its own facts, it has its own language. For instance, take the rush after the recent Orlando shootings to ban "assault" or "military-style" weapons like the AR-15 rifle. Gun control advocates immediately jumped to regulate sales of "automatic weapons" and "assault rifles" like the AR-15, which they deem too deadly for one individual to need. Scary stories about...
  • Column: Orlando massacre has politicians offering remedies that are simple — and irrelevant

    06/19/2016 3:54:21 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 19 june 2016 | Steve Chapman
    (snip) Hillary Clinton interpreted the Orlando murders as proof of the need to ban the sale of "assault weapons," such as Mateen's Sig Sauer MCX. Her idea is beside the point for a couple of reasons. One is that 73 percent of mass shooters, according to a Congressional Research Service analysis, don't use such guns. Another is that her ban wouldn't prevent the sale of other semiautomatic guns that are functionally indistinguishable from the weapon the shooter used. Even if "assault weapons" were forbidden, terrorists have plenty of other firearms from which to choose. Outlawing "assault weapons" would no more...
  • Gun-buy ban for aiding terrorists?

    06/19/2016 3:07:16 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 28 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 19 june 2016 | Ira Stoll
    --(snip) Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, introduced an amendment that would give the attorney general power to “deny the transfer of a firearm if the Attorney General determines, based on the totality of the circumstances, that the transferee represents a threat to public safety based on a reasonable suspicion that the transferee is engaged, or has been engaged, in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism, or providing material support or resources therof.” This may be a bad idea for a variety of reasons.
  • What to do about assault weapons (barf alert)

    06/16/2016 4:18:09 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 50 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 16 june 2016
    All guns kill. Some do so with horrifying efficiency. In Orlando early Sunday, a heavily armed madman opened fire on the crowd at a gay nightclub. The attack killed 49 people and wounded 53. It also reopened the tortured debate about gun ownership in America, where the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms. In many states that protection translates into the ability to walk into a store, fill out minimal paperwork and leave with a military-style rifle.
  • Federal gun prosecutions fall, even as Milwaukee crime rises

    06/12/2016 4:15:56 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 4 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 12 june 2016 | John Diedrich and Kevin Crowe
    With shooting deaths soaring in Milwaukee, gun cases have swamped the county criminal courts, but there has been no similar spike in federal firearm prosecutions. In fact, the opposite occurred last year, according to new data analyzed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The number of people sentenced in the Eastern District of Wisconsin primarily for federal firearms offenses fell to 46 in fiscal year 2015 — a 47% drop from the previous year, and a 10-year low, according to U.S. Sentencing Commission data. Federal gun prosecutions are down nationwide, but the drop here was one of the steepest among the...
  • Carrying guns: An issue for the Supreme Court and voters

    06/11/2016 5:05:55 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11 june 2016 | Steve Chapman
    If there is any issue that could intensify the emotions and raise the stakes in the 2016 presidential election, it's guns. That issue just got cranked up to 11. A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Second Amendment does not protect the right to carry a concealed firearm in public. Another appeals court has reached a somewhat different conclusion, and the question is bound eventually to demand the attention of the Supreme Court. On the general topic of gun rights, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump strongly differ. He got the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, and she won...
  • Plain Talk: Our senator provides ammo to gun crazies (barf alert)

    06/08/2016 5:21:07 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Capital Times ^ | 08 june 2016 | Dave Sweifel
    Jenny Beth Martin, president and co-founder of the so-called Tea Party Patriots, outdid even herself with a recent column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel insisting that Sen. Ron Johnson is standing in the way of letting President Obama take away your guns. Yes, that's still the mantra after all these years. Barack Obama really wanted to become president of the United States so he could send out troops (or someone) to grab your guns and hold you helpless against the forces of evil, which, of course, include the U.S. government. How is Ron Johnson standing in the way of Obama...
  • Turning Wisconsin orange on National Gun Violence Awareness Day (barf alert)

    06/02/2016 4:46:32 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 19 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 02 june 2016 | Jeri Bonavia
    After the shooting of 9-year-old Za'layia Jenkins, her family, friends and neighbors rallied and marched for peace. It was the children, though, who sent a particularly poignant, powerful message when they joined the rally-cry: "We're fighting for the right to grow up!" In a state where at least 408 children have been gunned down since 1999, we must listen to our children's urgent message, and we must take meaningful action. That is why today, the second-annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Wisconsinites from every corner of the state are joining caring people from across the country in rising up and...
  • What I discovered as a pro-gun-control member of the NRA (beyond barf alert)

    05/29/2016 5:05:02 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 35 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 29 may 2016 | Charles M. Madigan
    If the Republicans had nominated a skunk in the contest against Hillary Clinton, the National Rifle Association would have heartily embraced the odoriferous Mr. Stinky. A week ago, the NRA, which has millions of members and is eager to target congressional races in which guns are an issue, endorsed Donald Trump for president. He spoke, of course. Hand in the air for emphasis, he told the NRA that Clinton would try to "abolish" the Second Amendment. How does one "abolish" anything in the Constitution? It takes many steps. It's not going to happen. But that doesn't matter. It was what...
  • It’s too easy for legal guns to get into illegal hands (barf alert)

    05/24/2016 9:14:45 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 24 may 2016
    Just how easy it is for a legally owned gun to turn into a crime gun — and how hard it is to trace the path — was made clear in Sunday’s Sun-Times as Frank Main reported how a gun stolen from an ex-Chicago cop was used to shoot three Chicago Police officers on the West Side. The ex-cop kept a .40 caliber Glock Model 22 handgun at a relative’s home in unincorporated Palatine until, police said, it was stolen by a cable TV installer who said he put it into his company truck. From there it somehow traveled to...
  • David Clarke tells NRA: Be wary of 'freedom-loathing gun-haters'

    05/21/2016 5:54:04 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 21 may 2016 | Kirsten Clark
    Louisville, Ky. — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke's message to those attending Friday's NRA-ILA Leadership Forum was in part cautionary: Be wary of "freedom-loathing gun-haters." "Don't be misled by phony sloganeering like 'common sense gun legislation' or 'smart guns,'" he said. "There is nothing smart about what they are up to, as you and I both know. None of this crap will reduce violence, suicides or mass shootings." The crowd erupted in applause several times during Clarke's talk, which was one in a nearly four-hour-long series of speeches from pro-gun heavyweights and politicians like presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and...
  • Hillary Clinton’s anti-gun agenda would backfire fast

    05/12/2016 3:44:08 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 28 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12 may 2016 | J.D. Tuccile
    “Yesterday, once again, this time horrifically on live television,” says Hillary Clinton in a video on her presidential campaign website, “we saw the terrible consequences of gun violence.” As it turns out, Clinton is not talking about civilian deaths from drone strikes or bombing raids on hospitals by the U.S. government, but about a criminal shooting spree in the United States. Sure enough, the Washington Postpointed out last week that one of Clinton’s signature issues heading into the general election is tightening restrictions on the ownership and use of guns by Americans.
  • Gun violence gets more nuanced, probing coverage (barf alert)

    05/08/2016 4:48:58 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Capital Times ^ | 08 may 2016 | LYNN ELBER
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Media attention to gun violence tends to be doled out in predictable, limited ways: when a mass shooting happens, when the anniversary of such a tragedy is marked or when the use of deadly force by law enforcement or citizens is questioned. But the headline-driven nature of the coverage is starting to shift, with documentary filmmakers, TV networks and others attempting to reach beyond the heat and anger of the moment in search of more nuanced — and sometimes more pointed — scrutiny of a crucial American issue. With "Armed in America," PBS is giving over...
  • Editorial: The heretical Minnesota heart study: When science stops asking questions

    04/30/2016 4:16:08 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 30 apr 2016
    In the second half of the 20th century, conventional wisdom in the medical community held that overconsumption of saturated fats — the kind found in milk, cheese, meats and butter — was dangerous. And so, between 1968 and 1973, a well-planned, well-executed study involving more than 9,000 patients was performed to test this widely accepted relationship between diet and heart disease. The results of the Minnesota Coronary Experiment were notable for two reasons. First, the findings contradicted much of what was believed at the time: The study demonstrated that people who ate a diet rich in saturated fats did not...
  • Survey finds addressing gun violence key issue in minority communities

    04/30/2016 3:59:52 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 22 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 30 apr 2016 | Ashley Luthern
    A survey of African-American and Latino communities found most believe addressing gun violence can lead to improved police-community relations and reduced rates of incarceration, according to a new report. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Urban Institute and the Joyce Foundation commissioned the study, which was based on a national survey of 1,200 African-American and Latino likely voters and four focus groups in Atlanta and Milwaukee. "I think people are coming to grips that we can't address these issues in isolation," said Reggie Moore, director of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention. He also referenced the survey's finding...
  • For two moms, different paths — and experiences — led to concealed-carry permits

    04/27/2016 6:10:33 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 27 apr 2016 | Ashley Luthern
    Shamara Austin felt violated when she and her two sons, one just a few months old, came home six years ago to find their condo on Milwaukee's northwest side had been burglarized. Someone broke in through the sliding glass patio door and ransacked the unit, flipping over mattresses, stealing televisions and a video game system. The burglary shook her up and terrified her 7-year-old son, who began having nightmares. Austin had always been afraid of guns, and had no direct experience with them — other than hearing about people hurt or killed in shootings. For the first time in her...
  • Passage of new law flips switch on automatic knife sales

    04/24/2016 4:34:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 22 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | Bruce Vielmetti
    At Swords & Dreams Reptile Rescue in West Allis, owner Tom McNeil sells lots of knives of nearly every size and description. Until this year, though, his line did not include switchblades, "out the fronts" or butterfly knives, all long considered contraband on Wisconsin streets. His customers kept telling him they would be legal soon, McNeil recalled. "But I've been hearing that for 20 years." This time, it's true. In February, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that repealed the state's ban on automatic knives and pre-empted all local government efforts to regulate knives by blade length or other characteristics.
  • Chicago off to deadliest start in nearly two decades

    03/31/2016 6:17:08 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 31 mar 2016 | Jeremy Gorner
    As the first quarter of 2016 nears an end, violence in Chicago has reached levels unseen in years, putting the city on course to top 500 homicides for only the second time since 2008. As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, homicides totaled 135, a 71 percent jump over the 79 killings in the same year-earlier period, official Police Department statistics show. That represented the worst first quarter of a year since 136 homicides in 1999, according to the data. Shootings have jumped by comparable numbers as well. As of Wednesday, at least 727 people had been shot in Chicago so far...
  • Taxpayers Are Footing Bill for Solar Project That Doesn’t Work

    03/29/2016 2:19:40 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 19 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 29 mar 2016 | David Kreutzer
    As every ten-year-old who ever got a sweater for a birthday present has been told, “It’s the thought that counts.” That seems to be the guiding principle at the Department of Energy and the California Public Utilities Commission when it comes to solar power. The latest example is the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar thermal plant in California. (Note: Solar thermal plants do not use solar panels to directly convert sunshine to electricity, they use sunshine to boil water that then drives conventional turbines.) Here’s the story so far, Ivanpah: Is owned by Google, NRG Energy, and Brightsource, who have a...
  • Gun used to shoot 3 Chicago cops traced to sheriff's deputy: sources

    03/25/2016 5:47:48 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 25 mar 2016 | Gorner and Tony Briscoe•
    The gun used in the shooting of three Chicago police officers last week has been linked to a former Chicago officer who later joined a police force in the northern suburbs, the Tribune has learned. Chicago police now are trying to figure out how the gun — originally purchased by a man who until Friday was a Lake County sheriff's deputy — ended up in the hands of 29-year-old Lamar Harris, a convicted felon with dozens of arrests who was killed in the shootout with police. Multiple law enforcement sources confirmed that authorities investigating the shooting have traced the weapon...
  • Bullet found on UW-P campus sent to state crime lab (laugh of the day)

    PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- A bullet found on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus is being evaluated at a state crime lab, according to the university. The bullet was found outside Ullsvik Hall after a student reported seeing a man with a gun on campus. The bullet was sent to the state crime lab in Madison for evaluation, according to a press release. Campus was closed Monday after student David Kalenga told authorities he heard and saw the barrel of an AK-47 in a men's bathroom at Ullsvik Hall. No arrests were made and the campus reopened Tuesday. Campus police have interviewed...
  • UW-Platteville cancels classes over report of a gun

    03/15/2016 6:09:14 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 15 mar 2016 | Karen Herzog
    The University of Wisconsin-Platteville canceled classes Monday afternoon after a report of a gun in the building where the chancellor's office is located. Ullsvik Hall, which also houses a coffee shop, art gallery and other offices, was immediately evacuated, and the campus was shut down within minutes. Chancellor Dennis Shields said at an afternoon news conference that a student in the first floor of the building reported the incident. "The witness heard what sounded like the racking of a gun from within one of the stalls in the restroom, observed what appeared to be a gun barrel, and exited the...
  • UW-Madison investigating after Ho-Chunk elder heckled with 'war cry' shouts

    03/11/2016 9:21:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 22 replies
    Wisconsin Statae Journal ^ | 11 mar 2016 | Nico Savidge
    A group of people in a UW-Madison dorm room shouted stereotypical “war cry sounds” at a Ho-Chunk elder who had come to the campus for a healing ceremony Wednesday night, according to witnesses and university officials. UW-Madison has launched an investigation into the incident, which happened during a ceremony at the Dejope residence hall recognizing Native American victims of sexual assault, spokeswoman Meredith McGlone said. The Ho-Chunk elder had been singing traditional songs as part of the ceremony, which was held at an outdoor fire pit, when attendees said multiple people in a dorm room above them began shouting out...
  • Toting hidden guns without training a danger to everyone (barf alert)

    03/10/2016 6:02:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 43 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 10 mar 2016
    The United States Concealed Carry Association itself warns: “Carrying a concealed weapon can be very dangerous if you are not well trained.” To which a growing number of states are saying, “So what?” On Saturday, West Virginia became the eighth state to do away with training — or any other — requirements for the concealed carrying of firearms, despite safety worries voiced by police officers. Because the state’s legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, most people over 21 soon will be able to tote hidden guns even if they have no idea what do do with them...
  • When gun massacres are chalked up to bad luck

    02/24/2016 6:26:02 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 24 feb 2016 | Francis Wilkinson
    Writing of the "ethical confusion which overtook American society in the Industrial Age," Samuel Eliot Morison and Henry Steele Commager wrote of deadly social consequences for which no individuals felt in any way responsible: "These men were caught in the meshes of a business system which had not yet developed a moral code of its own and to which the old codes were irrelevant. The manufacture and sale of impure foods, dangerous drugs, infected milk, poisonous toys, might produce disease or death, but none of those involved in the process — retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, advertisers, corporations, directors or stockholders —...
  • Street cops say 'ACLU effect' drives spike in gun violence

    02/01/2016 6:02:52 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 01 feb 2016
    Authorities last year suggested Chicago’s spike in gun violence in 2015 was due to the “Ferguson effect” — cops afraid to do their jobs because of the scrutiny following the shooting of a black teenager by a white officer in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. But with Chicago now plagued with an even steeper rise in fatal shootings in January, compared with the same period of 2015, street cops are offering a new reason: the “ACLU effect.” They say the Chicago Police Department’s pact with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to monitor police stops in greater detail is prompting...
  • Wauwatosa man under investigation for illegal gun sales

    01/26/2016 5:27:41 AM PST · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 26 jan 2016 | John Deidrich
    A Wauwatosa man is under federal investigation for selling guns without a proper license, buying more than 500 firearms from an outdoors store and then selling them through a website or at gun shows, according to newly unsealed court documents. The guns, primarily used firearms, were purchased from 13 Gander Mountain stores across Wisconsin and sold through the website Gunbroker, according to a search warrant unsealed in federal court in Milwaukee last week. The suspect, who is 60, recruited Gander Mountain employees to watch for used firearms and call him when they came into the store, according to the affidavit....