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  • 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 Doesnt 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, Its 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.) Heres 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 states 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....
  • Column: Bernie Sanders misfires on gun law repeal

    01/20/2016 5:28:01 AM PST · by rellimpank · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 jan 2016 | Eric Zorn
    I considered it a point in Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' favor that he voted to grant gun manufacturers and dealers broad exemptions from legal liability. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sanders' main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, had been hammering Sanders on the campaign trail for supporting the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, a bill protecting those who make and sell firearms from lawsuits after those firearms are used in crimes. The early 2000s had seen a proliferation of such lawsuits filed by or on behalf of victims of gun violence, some of which were...
  • Editorial: Call out gun criminals with a courthouse 'gun call'

    01/19/2016 10:49:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 19 jan 2016
    The Chicago police complain they arrest people all the time for the illegal possession of a gun, only to find the gun-toting goofs back on the street in the blink of an eye. Former Police Supt. Garry McCarthy liked to cite the example of four men in a car who were arrested back on Aug. 29 in connection with a murder. Between them, the men had been arrested 65 times before, including ten times for gun offenses. One of the men was out on bond at that moment, charged with shooting into a house.
  • 2 would-be robbers shot to death at South Side liquor store: police

    01/10/2016 7:17:37 AM PST · by rellimpank · 72 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10 jan 2016 | Jeremy Gorner, Gregory Pratt and Megan Crepeau
    Two would-be robbers were fatally shot at a liquor store in the Gresham neighborhood Saturday night, sources said. The two were shot to death by a store employee about 8:30 p.m. when they tried to rob Z&S Food & Liquor in the 1300 block of West 87th Street, sources said. Citing preliminary information, authorities said two people walked into the store, and one of them hopped over the counter. That person hit the clerk standing behind the counter, while the other remained in front of the counter, authorities said. Meanwhile, a relative of the store owner heard a commotion upstairs...
  • Chicago violence, homicides and shootings up in 2015

    01/02/2016 6:18:10 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 02 jan 2016 | Jeemy Gorner
    --(snip)--Despite being the nation's third most populous city, Chicago far outpaces New York City, Los Angeles and every other large city in America in the sheer number of homicide and shooting victims, though it fares better than some smaller cities on a per capita comparison. And despite the attention given to Chicago's police-involved shootings, the city had fewer in 2015, with 22 people shot, than in recent years. In an interview with the Tribune, interim Superintendent John Escalante said he plans to fight violence in 2016 by employing some of McCarthy's past strategies, including a continued focus on arresting people...
  • Why Would Anyone Want a Firearm?

    12/31/2015 11:15:18 AM PST · by rellimpank · 76 replies
    National Review ^ | 31 dec 2015 | Charles Cooke
    Of all the ill-considered tropes that are trotted out in anger during our ongoing debate over gun control, perhaps the most irritating is the claim that the Constitution may indeed protect firearms, but it says “nothing at all about bullets.” On its face, this is flatly incorrect. Quite deliberately, the Bill of Rights is worded so as to shield categories and not specifics, which is why the First Amendment protects the “press” and not “ink”; why the Fourth covers “papers” and “effects” instead of listing every item that might be worn about one’s person; and why the Fifth insists broadly...
  • Surge of Milwaukee gun violence strains courts, prompting new tactics

    12/27/2015 9:19:21 AM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 27 dec 2015 | John Deidrich
    It's just after 8 a.m. on a Monday and the cramped courtroom gallery begins to fill with family and friends of defendants and victims. The prosecutors, defense attorneys and police officers soon file into the dingy, dated courtroom protected by security glass. It's another busy day in Milwaukee County gun court. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Frederick Rosa and his staff have seven cases set for trial — all but two are so-called "speedy trials" that, by state law, cannot be delayed. Rosa can preside over just one. Something has to give. Over the next couple of hours, he juggles cases,...
  • Rep. Melissa Sargent: Changing America’s gun culture (barf alert)

    12/14/2015 6:22:20 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Capital Times ^ | 14 dec 2015
    Enough. For too long, politicians have sat back and ignored the reality facing our nation. Gun violence has become a widespread public health crisis. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their communities and it is beyond time we talked about guns in a different way. Unfortunately, this issue has divided our nation to the extent that meaningful discussions of gun control are seemingly impossible. I submit that we must change the culture concerning guns in America. We know that the United States is the only advanced country in the world that sees these mass shootings on a perpetual basis. This...
  • Wounded officers' lawsuit against Badger Guns settles for $1 million

    12/12/2015 6:11:12 AM PST · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 12 dec 2015 | John Deidrich
    The landmark case won by two wounded Milwaukee police officers against Badger Guns has been settled for $1million. The settlement was unexpected and eliminates what was expected to be a yearslong appeal. In a first-of-its-kind verdict that was noted nationwide, a jury in October found that Badger Guns and its owner broke federal laws and negligently sold the gun used to injure the officers to a straw buyer — someone buying a gun for someone who cannot legally purchase one. At the time, jurors awarded Officer Bryan Norberg and former officer Graham Kunisch nearly $6 million in health care costs...
  • I'm not to blame for San Bernardino

    12/10/2015 5:25:26 AM PST · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 10 dec 2015 | Christian Schneider
    Imagine my surprise last Wednesday when I found out I was complicit in a mass shooting. Within hours of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik killing 14 people in San Bernardino last week, social media lit up with people blaming insufficient gun control measures for the massacre. Quite often, they were accompanied by a hastily penned platitude about how "we are all responsible" for the California bloodbath. Even as details still unfolded, the New Yorker's Adam Gopnik sprinted to his keyboard to bang out an essay titled "Our Shared Blame for the Shooting in San Bernardino." But I have good news...
  • Millennials’ mysterious support for permissive gun laws

    12/09/2015 5:37:44 AM PST · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09 dec 2015 | Catharine Rampell
    When I was in middle and high school, there were spirited public debates about whether the proliferation of grisly movies, gore-glorifying song lyrics and shoot-’em-up video games might desensitize my peers and me to violence. (snip) A decade or two post-adolescence — as our own preschool-age children now practice “active shooter” drills in which they’re coached to cower in the closet or throw toys at a tactical-gear-outfitted maniac — millennials seem to have neither the desire nor the willpower to pressure our political leaders to do much to prevent such tragedies. If anything, we may be slightly more blasé about...
  • MARCUS: Coming of age in our terrorist times(barf alert)

    12/09/2015 5:28:55 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 09 dec 2015 | Ruth Marcus
    WASHINGTON | "Mommy, what did the news used to be about before it was about terrorism?" That was my younger daughter, snuggling in bed a few weeks after 9/11. She was then 4, and, granted, there was probably more consumption of news in our home than was healthy. Fourteen years later, that toddler is a college freshman, too cool to snuggle and too far away even if she were so inclined. But her question remains sadly relevant. (snip) Which do I worry about more? The child at college when the National Rifle Association is lobbying to allow more weapons on...
  • Love of guns driven by unfounded fears (barf alaert)

    12/09/2015 5:08:19 AM PST · by rellimpank · 54 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 09 dec 2015 | Emily Mills
    Three thousand, four hundred: Americans who died by terrorism since 2001. Three thousand, four hundred: Americans who died by household firearms since five weeks ago. What's wrong with this picture? Could it be the fact that the country seems more intent on demonizing people seeking refuge from violence than it does on admitting that the biggest problem is homegrown? I'm tired and heartbroken. It was a hard week last week. For the first time, death by gun is poised to surpass death by automobile as the leading cause for Americans under 25. By some metrics, the number of mass shootings...
  • Welcome victory for an assault weapons ban (barf alert)

    12/08/2015 5:27:07 AM PST · by rellimpank · 45 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 08 dec 2015
    Advocates of stronger gun regulations, particularly in Illinois, have had a rough time in the courts in recent years. Could the tide finally be turning? In the landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment, contrary to past assumption, protects an individual right to own and use firearms for self-defense. Two years later, it struck down Chicago's prohibition on handguns. In 2012, a federal appeals court found the Illinois ban on carrying concealed guns to be unconstitutional. But on Monday, the gun control side won a small but notable victory. The Supreme...
  • Well, of course, the media’s reporting on gun violence is awful and atrociously inaccurate

    12/06/2015 5:53:06 AM PST · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    HotAir ^ | 06 dec 215 | MATT VESPA
    Cry havoc and unleash the dogs of war…for gun control. This appears to be the mantra of the left in the wake of the horrific mass shooting in San Bernardino. The perpetrators were officially identified yesterday as Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, both in their late-20s, who opened fire at a Christmas party for the county’s health department workers; Farook was a county employee of five years prior to his senseless rampage. They killed 14 and wounded up to 21 people in the worst mass shooting since Newtown in 2012. They were subsequently killed in a firefight with police and...
  • False Answers on Mass Shootings

    12/06/2015 5:36:02 AM PST · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06 dec 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Mass shootings elicit a chorus much like the widespread response to the Islamic State: We must do something, now, and any measure is better than none. In the wake of the San Bernardino massacre, there is no shortage of tough-sounding solutions on offer. But they are largely exercises in well-meaning futility. Anything is not always better than nothing. The automatic prescription anytime someone uses firearms to slaughter a group of people is stricter controls on guns and gun owners. But the San Bernardino episode illustrates the puny impact of such measures. California, after all, has among the tightest restrictions in...
  • Editorial: Learn from Australia how to end daily mass shootings in America (barf alert)

    12/05/2015 5:44:12 AM PST · by rellimpank · 40 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 04 dec 2015
    On Wednesday, Australia was having a normal day — a day of no mass killings. As one waggish online headline put it: “Australia Enjoys Another Peaceful Day Under Oppressive Gun Control Regime.” America was having a normal day, too. Two gun-wielding assailants in San Bernardino sprayed as many as 75 rounds at a social service center for the disabled, killing 14 people and wounding 21. The United States averages more than one mass shooting every day — an attack in which four or more people are shot. No other advanced nation comes close.
  • Nik Clark: We need more good guys who have guns

    12/05/2015 5:23:59 AM PST · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 05 dec 2015 | Nik Clark
    I recognize the personal nature of the Sikh Temple tragedy for Oak Creek Mayor Stephen Scaffidi and the emotional response that the San Bernardino mass murders evoke. In his commentary on Thursday, Scaffidi offered: "I am a gun owner. But I have to believe that one of the popular responses to mass shootings — arm everyone and encourage individual and aggressive action against a mass shooter — is at best naive, and at worst, dangerous. Law enforcement professionals are highly trained and understand through direct experience that carrying a gun is a powerful responsibility and doesn't guarantee that a shooter...
  • Another mass shooting and more howling from frightened creatures

    12/04/2015 6:54:41 AM PST · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Chicag Tribune ^ | 04 dec 2015 | John Kass
    The blood of the innocents wasn't even dry in San Bernardino before politics began filling the air. One cable news network had an expert who suggested the attacks could have been committed by right wing conservative terrorists. Another wondered if the violence had anything to do with America's revolutionary roots. And a few worried that something bad might have happened at a Planned Parenthood office. All that was before America learned that a young couple, Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, had dropped their baby off at a relative's house and then, dressed in what they must have thought...
  • Turn loose America's best researchers on gun violence (barf alert)

    12/04/2015 6:34:52 AM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 04 dec 2015 | David D. Haynes
    Yet again, innocent people lost their lives in a hail of bullets, and yet again, we have many questions and few answers. We don't know how much the horrific act in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday has in common with other acts of gun violence from Colorado Springs to Sandy Hook to Oak Creek. It may have been terrorism this time, and if it was, the response must be different from the response to shootings that are the awful result of a mental illness. But whatever the motives of these particular killers, all of these tragedies raise fundamental questions that...
  • Can guns mix with civil rights?

    11/29/2015 6:11:31 AM PST · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 29 nov 2015 | Matt Welch
    When media outlets from the National Journal to Rolling Stone cover the bipartisan push for criminal justice reform — an effort that includes everyone from Rand Paul to Cory Booker, the Koch brothers to even the ACLU — their go-to phrase to characterize the movement is "unlikely coalition." Actually, there's nothing particularly surprising about the fact that civil libertarians come in more than one flavor or political party. Disagreement on, say, taxation doesn't necessitate disagreement on mass incarceration. Meanwhile, the media have treated the budding partnership between the ascendant Black Lives Matter and the perennially frustrated gun control movement as...
  • Cache & Carry

    11/29/2015 5:53:04 AM PST · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Dubuque Telegraph-Herald ^ | 29 nov 2015 | WILLIAM GARBE
    Nineteen-year-old Katherine Beatham cannot wait to buy a gun. The mother of two from Maquoketa, Iowa, already started saving up. She was browsing the selection of firearms at the Big Bore Enterprise Gun Show in Maquoketa last weekend. As soon as she turns 21 and takes a safety course, she plans to buy one. "I'm just not going to be walking around, some poor old defenseless lady with two kids. Not in today's society," she said. Beatham comes from a military family and started shooting at about age 5. She said she is a pretty good shot with a handgun...
  • Commentary: Is there a magic bullet to reduce police misconduct?

    11/26/2015 5:38:21 AM PST · by rellimpank · 56 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 26 nov 2015 | Arthur Acevedo
    Imagine if the first bullet in a cop's chamber were a blank bullet. Would this approach save lives? What if a police department adopted this approach as standard procedure. Or, better yet, if legislation mandated this requirement for state and local police departments. Would it help save lives? Police in Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand typically do not carry weapons at all when they are patrolling the streets. Surely, crimes in those countries are no less threatening than what we experience in the U.S. The idea is not to ban guns from the police departments here. Rather, it...
  • Chicago children keep being murdered, and politicians keep moving on

    --(snip)--State legislators and aldermen shouldn't move on. Yet they always do: •In the weeks since someone killed Tyshawn, how many Chicago state senators and representatives have you heard pledging to toughen Illinois' light sentences for gun offenders? Two years ago, the legislators' power play blocked a mildly stronger gun-sentences bill that united Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the National Rifle Association as odd-couple supporters. We don't know if that legislation would have protected Tyshawn. We do know that by keeping shooters off the streets longer, and maybe deterring some gun crimes, it would make Chicago safer. Yet Chicago's lawmakers, legislative leaders...
  • Abundance of caution' on refugees, but not guns? (barf alert)

    11/20/2015 6:11:45 AM PST · by rellimpank · 17 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 20 nov 2015 | Eric Zorn
    Impressive, in a way, wasn't it? Not even a full six days after the horrors of the Islamic State terrorist attacks in Paris, and the U.S. House of Representatives acted to combat the threat on our shores. By a vote of 289-137 the lawmakers passed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, a measure calling for enhanced scrutiny of refugees from Iraq and Syria. In a statement, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, explained that "the bill requires the nation's top security officials — the secretary of homeland security, the director of the FBI and the director...
  • News photographer's tripod mistaken for gun prompts 911 call

    11/20/2015 5:53:14 AM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 20 nov 2015
    Police were called to a central Pennsylvania office building after someone mistakenly thought a photographer's tripod was a gun. LNP reports the incident happened about 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Griest Building in Lancaster. The caller thought a machine gun was carried into the building, so police conducted a floor-by-floor search only to find the photographer and her tripod.
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Police failing to ensure mentally ill don’t have guns

    11/15/2015 6:31:57 AM PST · by rellimpank · 17 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 15 nov 2015
    Thousands of people with mental illnesses have been barred from owning guns in Illinois in recent years under measures put in place amid a wave of deadly mass shootings across the country. But the laws have done little to take guns out of their hands, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found. The laws led to an explosion in the number of people deemed psychologically unfit to own a gun in Illinois.
  • Maybe Obama library can inspire city to tackle gun violence (barf alert)

    11/14/2015 5:38:13 AM PST · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 14 nov2015 | Dawn M. Turner
    In the past, I have criticized President Barack Obama for not saying enough about urban gun violence, and mostly mentioning it in a tacked-on, ornamental way after there had been a mass killing on a college campus or in a small-town movie theater. But earlier this week, the president had words for Chicago about its violence problem. And, although it wasn't him speaking directly to us, the message was poignant and came through loud and clear from the chairman of the Barack Obama Foundation leading the development of the Obama presidential library. Whether the library will wind up in Jackson...
  • Editorial: To fight gun violence, get the facts (barf alert)

    11/13/2015 6:21:01 AM PST · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 13 nov 2015
    Nineteen years ago, Congress put a brick on most federal funding to support basic research on gun violence. Wherever one stands on the issue of gun control, this is foolish. If 32,000 Americans a year were dying of anything else, you can bet we’d be working overtime to find the cause and a way to stop it. But crucial research into gun safety remains undone.
  • Chicago gun violence: Each child's dying breath

    11/07/2015 5:47:09 AM PST · by rellimpank · 26 replies
    Chicag Tribune ^ | 07 nov 2015
    Over time we all will learn more about the savaging of Tyshawn Lee, the basketball devotee who won't celebrate his 10th birthday. Multiple gunshot wounds pre-empted that prospect Monday afternoon. Depending on where the first bullet hit, his body responded as best it could: His nerves likely activated chemical neurotransmitters that created an atmosphere of pain, shock and fear in his brain. Owing to massive tissue damage, loss of oxygen-carrying blood or both, Tyshawn ultimately drew one dying breath. We hope every Illinois lawmaker finds a private moment to imagine that annihilation of a child on this city's South Side....
  • Rift Emerges Among Gun Owners Over Concealing Weapons in Schools

    11/05/2015 12:11:10 PM PST · by rellimpank · 74 replies
    NYImes ^ | 05 nov 2015 | Mitch Smith
    CLIO, Mich. When Kenneth Herman visits his daughter’s school, the handgun holstered to his right hip is visible to anyone. And that has caused him problems. School officials have denied Mr. Herman access to school buildings, asked him to wait in the principal’s office and called the Sheriff’s Department on him. So Mr. Herman, a paramedic who grew up in this semirural community 85 miles northwest of Detroit, sued Clio Area Schools for the right to carry his weapon openly on school grounds, and in August he won the case. The district has appealed. Now his dispute with the school...
  • MILBANK: Gun-control backers lower sights, find success (barf alert)

    11/05/2015 5:41:16 AM PST · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 05 nov 2015 | Dana Milbank
    WASHINGTON | The video montage opening the recent Brady Campaign's conference on gun deaths featured praise for Sarah and Jim Brady from leaders past and present. "They have remained committed to improving the lives and the safety of their fellow Americans," Bill Clinton says in his message. But both Sarah and Jim Brady have died, and so is the idealistic movement for broad-based gun control that they championed. Sarah died this year; Jim, grievously injured in the Reagan assassination attempt, died last year. Gun control has been moribund at the federal level since 1994 and lifeless since 2013, when even...
  • Bill Ayers: ‘Beautiful’ Idea to Indict NRA in People’s Tribunal (barf alert???)

    11/05/2015 5:12:31 AM PST · by rellimpank · 51 replies
    BigGovernment (Breitbart) ^ | 4 nov 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and James Kilgore—three communist revolutionaries who were part of domestic terror groups and who all spent years on the run from the law—approved as a man called for “citizen’s tribunals” against the National Rifle Association to be held at the United Nations.
  • What every gun shop should be doing

    11/04/2015 5:40:17 AM PST · by rellimpank · 53 replies
    Chicag Tribune ^ | 04 nov 2015
    Suburban elected officials and owners of a local gun shop listened to public concern — and a lawsuit — about straw gun purchases in their community. They worked together on an ordinance aimed at curbing the practice. As a result: A new ordinance in west suburban Lyons, written with input from the town's only gun shop, Midwest Sporting Goods, is a rare case of compromise on the hot-button issue of gun rights. Other municipalities with gun stores, pay attention. Just because towns and gun shops don't have to work harder to promote public safety doesn't mean they shouldn't. The ordinance...
  • Editorial: Three small steps toward gun sanity (barf alert)

    10/28/2015 5:46:57 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 28 oct 2015
    Three small signs this week point to at least incremental progress in our nations long and largely frustrated efforts to bring sanity to our gun laws. Lets call it a glimmer of hope.
  • In speech to cops, Obama skips 3 key words that could reduce gun violence

    10/28/2015 5:36:47 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 28 oct 2015 | John Kass
    President Barack Obama made nice to the nation's police chiefs assembled in his political hometown of Chicago on Tuesday. He talked of how he wanted to make things easier for America's cops to do their jobs. But he wouldn't say three magic words that every cop wanted to hear: Mandatory minimum sentencing. That means mandatory jail time for thugs who carry guns illegally. "It is true that in some cities, including here in my hometown of Chicago, gun violence and homicides have spiked and in some cases they've spiked significantly," the president said. "But the fact is, is that...
  • In Chicago speech, Obama to call for tougher gun laws (barf alert)

    10/27/2015 5:50:19 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 34 replies
    Chicag Tribune ^ | 27 oct 2015 | Jeremy Gorner
    President Barack Obama returns Tuesday to his hometown, a city that has become a national symbol of gun violence, to speak with police leaders from around the country about the need for tougher firearm laws. In his speech at the annual conference for the International Association of Chiefs of Police at McCormick Place, Obama is expected to push for national laws that make it harder to get around local restrictions by simply driving across a state border with less stringent gun laws. Weaker guns laws in Indiana, for instance, have long been a problem for Chicago police, leading to a...