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  • Milwaukee cops' case against Badger Guns to go to jury Monday

    10/10/2015 4:40:24 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 24 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 10 oct 2015 | John Diedrich
    Testimony ended Friday in a rare civil case pitting two wounded Milwaukee police officers against the gun store that sold the firearm used to injure them. Closing arguments are set for Monday morning, with jury deliberations to start later in the day. It is only the second negligence case of its kind against a gun store to make it to trial nationwide since a federal law protecting firearms retailers and manufacturers from such suits was passed a decade ago. The first one ended this summer in victory for an Alaskan gun store. The law allows lawsuits in limited circumstances. Suits...
  • ‘YouTube effect’ has left police officers under siege, law enforcement leaders say

    10/09/2015 2:32:29 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08 oct 2015 | Aaron C. Davis
    Chiefs of some of the nation’s biggest police departments say officers in American cities have pulled back and have stopped policing as aggressively as they used to, fearing that they could be the next person in a uniform featured on a career-ending viral video. That was the unifying — and controversial — theory reached Wednesday at a private meeting of more than 100 of the nation’s top law enforcement officers and politicians. With homicide rates soaring inexplicably this year in dozens of U.S. cities, the group convened by new U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch concluded with a brief news conference...
  • Tom Barrett calls for help from feds in effort to fight homicide spike

    10/09/2015 6:10:23 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 19 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 09 oct 2015 | Mary Spicuzza
    With the number of homicides in Milwaukee climbing to the highest level in a decade, Mayor Tom Barrett is joining with other mayors to call for more help from the federal government. Barrett and others want the FBI to notify local authorities immediately when someone trying to purchase a gun fails a background check. They also want local police departments to be able supplement their personnel with federal agents on key cases, and want U.S. attorneys to partner with local prosecutors when suspects can be charged with federal crimes — especially if those offenses involve illegal gun possession and trafficking....
  • Should Obama beat Clinton to her own gun fight? (barf alert)

    10/07/2015 3:28:03 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 06 oct 2015 | Clarence Page
    After nine people were killed at an Oregon community college last week, Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed a new attitude on gun control. She sounds a lot like President Barack Obama's new attitude on immigration: If Congress doesn't act, she says, she will. "This epidemic of gun violence," the Democratic presidential candidate said, "knows no boundaries, knows no limits of any kind." She seemed to choke back tears as she introduced the mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting almost three years ago. With that she showed both the urgency and the futility of today's national...
  • New ideas to keep guns from dangerous people (barf alert)

    10/06/2015 11:43:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6 oct 2015
    The American debate over gun control has been stalemated for some time. Back in the 1990s, Congress was able to pass legislation requiring federal background checks on most gun purchasers and outlawing "assault weapons." But in this century, each mass shooting sparks a brief discussion of measures that might be helpful in preventing the next one — and the discussion ends with nothing being done. Maybe last week's attack at an Oregon community college by a man who killed nine people and wounded nine others will finally break the impasse. It is past time to make guns less accessible to...
  • Six jailed in huge pot grow

    10/04/2015 4:02:20 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    GJ Sentinel (Colorado) ^ | 04 ocvt 2015 | Paul Shockley
    Six men were arrested this week after local and federal authorities targeted an elaborate illegal marijuana grow that covered a full mile of federal land, adjacent to Colorado Highway 141 at the Dolores River and near the Mesa and Montrose county lines. All totaled, 153 pounds of marijuana were hauled away in recent days by federal authorities, who boated it in trash bags from one side of the Dolores River to the other. Leonel Olaguez Cabrales, 22, Angel Guzman Gutierrez, 31, Sergio Enrique Arevalo Portillo, 26, Jose Eleno Rodarte Garcia, 38, Eduardo Arias Torres, 27, and Juan Mejia-Vasquez, 41, were...
  • Editorial: Illegal guns killing our city, body and soul

    10/01/2015 5:49:56 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 55 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 01 oct 2015
    There was a day, not so long ago, when driving drunk was borderline socially acceptable. A cop was more likely to wag his finger — you naughty boy — than haul you off to jail. No harm no foul, right? But as the death toll mounted, society came to understand that every drunk on the road adds to the possibility — the probability — that innocent people will be hurt and killed. We finally came to see that drunken driving, even when the drunk made it home without denting a fender, is anything but a victimless crime.
  • Aim of Dubuque rally against gun violence -- public safety

    09/28/2015 6:24:09 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Nick Utter marched because of escalating gun violence. "It's kind of terrifying, the effect it can have on a neighborhood," said Utter, 21, of Cross Plains, Wis. Utter, a Loras College student, was among about 75 people Sunday who marched to University of Dubuque for a rally against gun violence. "It's not about people owning guns; it's how they're using them," Utter said. Four area peace- and faith-based organizations -- Children of Abraham, Dubuque Coalition for Non-Violence, Dubuque Area Congregations United and Dubuque International Day of Peace -- held the event, which included marches from Loras College, Clarke University and...
  • Cook County prosecutors steer clear of judges in gun cases

    09/11/2015 5:11:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 11 sept 2015 | Frank Main
    Cook County prosecutors have been avoiding judges in the early stage of gun cases — opting to have grand juries approve their charges — to make sure the defendants are headed to trial, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. In a major policy shift, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez ordered her prosecutors to present felony gun-possession cases to grand juries about a month and a half ago. In the past, they typically brought those cases before judges in preliminary hearings. Grand juries and judges can both decide if probable cause exists for a defendant to go to trial. But grand juries almost...
  • Gun control activists push for expanded background checks (barf alert)

    09/11/2015 5:00:26 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 11 sept 2015 | Wesley Juhl
    Dozens of Las Vegas gun control activists rallied in the west valley Thursday night as part of a national push to get Congress to act on their behalf. Moms Demand Action, part of the Everytown for Gun Safety organization, held gatherings across the U.S. as Congress returned from recess. State senators joined families and activists near a bus stop on the corner of West Sahara Avenue and Fort Apache Road to hold signs, share opinions and stories, and also to tweet. State Senate Minority Leader Aaron Ford, D-Las Vegas, spoke at the event about the most recent legislative session's "crazy"...
  • We know how to prevent gun violence, so why don't we? (barf alert)

    09/10/2015 4:08:51 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 56 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 10 sept 2015 | Khary Penebaker
    I am 37 years old, and I don't remember my mom. In fact, I know very little about her. I don't know her birthday. I don't know what made her laugh. I don't know what made her cry. What I do know is that on Sept. 8, 1979, she committed suicide with a gun that her father — my grandfather — had given her despite the fact that she suffered from depression and had previously attempted suicide with pills as a teenager. She died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, alone in her car on the side of...
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: If Sandy Hook is 'bearable,' what is not? (barf alert)

    09/08/2015 3:34:44 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 31 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 08 sept 2015 | Leonard Pitts, Jr.
    You frequently find fortune cookie aphorisms, yes, but it’s not often that you find searing insight within Twitter’s 140-character confines. Which is why a June tweet from one Dan Hodges — his profile describes him as a British political commentator — stood out. “In retrospect,” wrote Hodges, “Sandy Hook marked the end of the U.S. gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.” You may cringe to hear the nation’s response to the December 2012 massacre of 20 young children — six adults also died — at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, described...
  • The Wisconsin Legislature should hold hearings on gun bills (barf alert)

    09/07/2015 6:09:23 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 07 sept2015 | Ernst-Ulrich Franzen
    One of the more effective ways for government officials to shut out the public from policy issues and debate is to simply ignore the issues. Don't bring up matters of public concern; look the other way if someone else does. I'd guess that more bills have been buried in some state legislative committee by Democrats and Republicans than there are tombstones in Forest Home Cemetery. A couple of examples were offered Thursday when a delegation from the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort met with the Journal Sentinel Editorial Board. One bill would require background checks on all gun sales. Another would prohibit...
  • Shining a light on the gun show

    09/07/2015 6:01:30 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 17 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 07 sept2015 | Stacy J. Willis
    I’m standing in the flea market of firepower, a gun show at Cashman Center, listening to a salesman pitch the value of a solar-powered flashlight. “But how do you make it work?” I ask, and by “work,” I don’t mean create a beam of light. I’m already sold on that. I mean how do I make it do its semi-lethal thing, like stun someone with massive volts of electricity, or emit a stream of burning pepper spray, or turn into an easy-grip dagger—you know, defend me? “Oh no,” he says. “This doesn’t do any of that. But it does charge...
  • A deadly Wednesday as 8 people killed in homicides in Chicago

    09/04/2015 3:28:58 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4 sept 2015 | Patrick M. O'Connell, Alexandra Chachkevitch and Peter Nickeas
    A teen in a park on the West Side. Two men in their 30s in Uptown on the North Side. A woman in her 20s in the South Side's Morgan Park neighborhood. Chicago's most recent spasm of violence touched all corners of the city. On Wednesday alone, eight people were shot to death in homicides. A ninth victim — an 11-year-old boy — died of an apparent accidental shooting. That marked the most homicides in a single day in Chicago in more than a decade, according to a Tribune analysis of department data. The worst previous day occurred July 5,...
  • My daughter was killed on live television. I will do whatever it takes to end gun violence.

    09/01/2015 5:43:07 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 115 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01 sept 2015 | Andy Parker
    Last Wednesday, my daughter Alison was brutally struck down in the prime of her life by a deranged gunman. Since then, I have stated in numerous interviews with local, national and international media that I plan to make my life's work trying to implement effective and reasonable safeguards against this happening again. In recent years we have witnessed similar tragedies unfold on TV: the shooting of a congresswoman in Arizona, the massacre of schoolchildren in Connecticut and of churchgoers in South Carolina. We have to ask ourselves: What do we need to do to stop this insanity? In my case,...
  • Virginia shootings revive gun myths

    08/29/2015 5:09:19 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 29 aug 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Bernie Sanders' record skews way to the left on one issue after another: health care, taxes, campaign finance, international trade, abortion and the Iraq war. Gun control? Not so much. "Bernie Sanders, Gun Nut" was the headline in the liberal online publication Slate. After the Sandy Hook massacre, other progressives called for tough new restrictions on firearms, but Sanders disagreed. "If you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don't think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen," he said. Seeing violence live is a reality for too many kids Seeing violence live is...
  • Video from sentencing shows guns, threats against police

    08/29/2015 5:01:24 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 34 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 29 aug 2015 | John Diedrich
    A video played in a courtroom Friday reveals a dangerous midday scene on a Milwaukee street: young men brazenly waving guns and large stacks of cash before the camera, boasting about selling drugs and threatening to shoot at police if officers come down the stretch. Meanwhile, children can be seen sitting on a stoop watching the scene unfold at N. 32nd St. and W. Auer Ave. At the beginning of the video, a man with what appears to be a MAC-10 assault-style rifle slung around his neck says: "It's MAC-aroni time. Police gonna get shot at, too." There are no...
  • Editorial: Concealed gun law allowing questionable people to carry

    08/28/2015 5:45:30 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 28 aug 2015
    Two years after Illinois’ concealed-carry law went into effect, it’s time we took a hard look at whether people who are a danger to themselves or others are getting permits to carry hidden weapons. Under the law, even people who been arrested for violence are eligible to carry concealed weapons. The law leaves it up to local police to object if someone who shouldn’t be packing heat applies for a permit. But that extra safeguard apparently is not protecting us the way it should, at least in Cook County, whose residents account for about a quarter of the state’s concealed-carry...
  • More mass shootings occur in the U.S. than any other country (barf alert)

    08/28/2015 5:23:54 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 28 aug 2015 | Jen Christensen
    When a gunman opened fire Wednesday on two Virginia journalists and the woman they were interviewing on live TV, he was influenced by a long history of public mass killings throughout the country. Shooter Vester Lee Flanagan II said he admired mass shooters like those at Columbine High School in 1999 and Virginia Tech in 2007, and that he put down a deposit for a gun two days after the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in June. When it comes to gun massacres, the United States is tragically exceptional: There are more public mass shootings in the United States than...
  • How a Gun in a Purse Became a Permanent Ball and Chain

    08/28/2015 5:02:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    MSN ^ | 28 aug 2015 | jim dwyer
    At 27, Adele Langkil, mother of a 4-year-old son in Virginia, got her first extended break from her jobs as a single parent and waitress when her parents took the boy for a weekend. She spent a few days in New York. Refreshed, returning home to Virginia Beach, she checked her bag at La Guardia Airport. It was 1985 and airline screening was not as rigorous as it is today, but the authorities noted that there was a handgun in the luggage. “I was working as a waitress at night,” Ms. Langkil recalled Thursday. “A couple of people followed the...
  • At Virginia shooting, NRA, where were the good guys? (barf alert)

    08/27/2015 5:49:55 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 54 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27 aug 2015 | Rex Huppke
    It was painfully easy, and just plain painful, to watch the country's latest high-profile shooting. This one was captured on live television as a gunman killed a news reporter and a cameraman and injured the woman they were interviewing. Within hours, a person believed to be the shooter tweeted what looked like a first-person video of the slayings. The staccato pops of the gunshots made my heart leap. The stories of the victims — Alison Parker, a 24-year-old reporter for a Roanoke, Va., television station, and Adam Ward, 27, a cameraman — made anyone with an ounce of humanity hurt.

    08/18/2015 11:55:00 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 25 replies
    18 aug 2015
    --was in the Walmart in Spearfish,South Dakota and noticed the lack of any "assault" weapons -aka "modern sporting rifles"--commented to the clerk that they must all be sold out. --reply was the "we don't sell them any more--orders from above"---I commented on how stupid a policy that was, suggested I was going to write them a letter--he agreed that "might help""----I am wondering if anyone else has seen this in their area---
  • Free speech is under attack in Wisconsin

    08/18/2015 3:25:50 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 18 aug 2015 | Eric Botts
    Milwaukee's John Doe investigation may be over, but free speech is still under attack in Wisconsin. The John Doe investigation illustrated the dangers free speech faces today. Based on an unconstitutional legal theory — one the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled was "unsupported in either reason or law" — government agents reportedly stormed the homes of private citizens in pre-dawn raids, seized their electronics, denied their right to speak with an attorney, and in at least one case held a child without allowing him to see or speak to his parents — all because they took an active interest in public...
  • Creating a living memorial to Michael Brown

    08/17/2015 4:43:57 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 40 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 17 aug 2015 | Maccanon Brown
    The new asphalt rectangle in the middle of the 2900 block of Canfield Drive, Ferguson, Mo., seemed like a scab formed over a deep wound. It was where the fallen body of Michael Brown lay for 4½ hours in 107-degree temperatures on Aug. 9, 2014. Stuffed animals had been piled oh, so tenderly upon the site. Our interracial group formed a circle around the memorial and prayed. Ten other women had joined me on a mini-pilgrimage to Ferguson I had envisioned and planned since May. It was our free day out of a one-week global assembly of women in religious...
  • Wisconsin has the power to reduce gun violence (barf alert)

    08/15/2015 4:26:20 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 30 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 15 aug 2015 | Nina Vinik
    How will we remember the summer of 2015? The past few months already have been marred by mass shootings in Charleston, Chattanooga and Lafayette. Homicides are on the rise in many cities, including Milwaukee. Every major city has experienced firearm deaths, holes in the hearts of its families and communities. Milwaukee's situation is stark. Homicides have more than doubled in the first half of 2015 compared with last year. According to the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, 31 of Milwaukee's 300 fatal and nonfatal shooting victims were 17 or younger, such as 13-year-old Giovonnie Cameron, who was shot and killed in...
  • NRA's Wayne LaPierre promises apocalypse now (barf alert)

    07/29/2015 5:05:51 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 29 july 2015 | Francis Wilkinson
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, R, who presides over a state with a high rate of gun violence and a low quality of gun laws, is shocked. "We never would've imagined it would've happened in Louisiana or Lafayette," he said after last week's movie theater shooting in Lafayette, La. Jindal responded with a kind of gunner jujitsu, calling for other states to emulate the sloppy standards of Louisiana, which has loose gun laws and has largely failed to supply mental health records to the criminal background check system, although a law signed by Jindal now requires it. Louisiana has the nation's...
  • Editorial: Make gun laws work the way they're supposed to

    07/28/2015 6:25:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 28 july 2015
    Half the guns used by criminals in Illinois gush in from states that do an even lousier job than Illinois of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. When a big city like Chicago is a national hub of the illegal drug trade — even El Chapo has competition in this town, as Sun-Times reporter Frank Main wrote Sunday — then stopping that flow of guns is essential. Now, finally, a leading voice of the Republican Party, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, on Sunday said what Chicago leaders have been saying for years: At least close...
  • Americans now know: More guns = less crime

    07/28/2015 5:15:25 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 july 2015 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Americans are increasingly convinced that owning a gun makes them safer. A new Rasmussen poll found that an overwhelming majority of Americans (68%) "feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed." And a series of polls by Gallup, the Pew Research Center and ABC News and The Washington Post show similar results. But it isn't just what people say. They are clearly putting more stock in self-defense. Since 2007, the number of concealed-handgun permits has soared, from 4.6 million to 12.8 million. A new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center finds that a record 1.7 million permits have...
  • Milwaukee gun initiative is good step but more is needed

    07/25/2015 4:45:53 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 22 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 25 july 2015
    The initiative to curb gun violence in Milwaukee announced last week by state and local officials is a necessary and welcome step that may help reduce the sharp spike in homicides and shootings the city has experienced this year. Focusing on the aggressive prosecution of gun crimes, much like the successful Operation Ceasefire did when it was launched 15 years ago, this push should give authorities more of the the tools they need. The day the initiative was announced, Milwaukee matched its homicide total for all of last year with the death of a 17-year-old girl. While the total number...
  • 7th Circuit overturns Milwaukee gun conviction, say police stop improper

    07/22/2015 5:29:06 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 22 july 2015 | Bruce Vielmetti
    A federal appeals court has reversed a Milwaukee man's gun conviction and three year sentence, ruling that police unlawfully boxed him into an alley with their bicycles. The ruling -- the same day that law enforcement officials declared a new war on gun violence in Milwaukee”-- illustrates the kind of legal obstacles such an effort must overcome. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was written by Judge Anne Williams, and joined by Judge Richard Posner and U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood. In June 2013, Milwaukee officers Michael Michalski and Michael Flannery were bicycle patrol on the city’s north...
  • Guns on the bus: Still a bad idea

    07/20/2015 7:16:13 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 july 2015
    "Granny's got a gun" was the headline on the television news report the day Ramona Taylor-Kamate was mugged on a crowded bus in Detroit. Taylor-Kamate, then 56, told WJBK News that she struggled with the young man who grabbed her purse in January 2013. He tried to flee when the bus stopped, but she held on and followed him onto the sidewalk. When he reached for his boot, she thought he was going for a gun — so she pulled out her own pistol and fired 11 times. He escaped. Rauner OKs changes to concealed carry law as state gun...
  • This gun control tactic is hard to shoot down (barf alert)

    07/20/2015 7:04:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 20 july 2015
    Aside from picking office holders, Nevada voters next year will have the opportunity to help keep guns out of the wrong hands. Granted, we can’t always identify “the wrong hands” because many crimes are committed in the passion of the moment by first-time gun-wielders who might not fit the profile of a gunman-in-waiting. But as a society, we at least can try to weed out those people who, on the face of it, shouldn’t be allowed to carry a weapon. It’s an obvious group: felons, domestic abusers and the mentally ill who have been identified by the state as having...
  • Plain Talk: John Wiley hit bull's-eye in critique of state's gun laws (barf alert)

    07/08/2015 5:48:51 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 26 replies ^ | 8 july 2015 | Dave Zweifel
    If you didn't see retired UW-Madison chancellor John Wiley's Voice of the People contribution last week, you need to go back and read it. It succinctly describes the utter lunacy of our lax gun laws that, despite the protestations of the pro-gun fanatics, help make us the most violent nation in the world. That violence is expected to push the national gun death toll to more than 33,000 people this year, which would probably for the first time exceed the number of deaths in motor vehicle crashes throughout America. Wiley, a gun owner himself, is appalled that the state Legislature...
  • From Sandy Hook to Charleston to Chicago (barf alert)

    07/07/2015 5:48:27 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 07 july 2015
    When 20 schoolchildren, mostly first-graders, were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, the nation renewed a fierce debate over gun laws. The slaughter of children, many of whom hid under desks and in closets to avoid a mad gunman stalking their hallways, seemed the tipping point for a sincere re-examination of state and federal gun laws. President Barack Obama proposed a broad agenda on firearms. But it was narrowed to legislation that would expand the requirements for criminal background checks of gun-buyers. As parents of Sandy Hook victims watched from the Senate gallery, even...
  • It wouldn’t hurt President Obama to continue to push for gun reform (barf alert)

    07/07/2015 5:27:30 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 7 july 2015 | Dan Thomasson
    As we continue to mourn the latest mass murder and the president has expressed the anger and frustration that most of us feel, we all can just settle back to wait for the next atrocity and the resulting worthless disingenuous rhetoric about changing the nation’s barbaric gun culture. Between now and then, this is certain: Nothing will alter the status quo and the victims will just be more martyred to the cause delivering us from the evil of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. If that seems unrelentingly cynical, it is justified by the refusal of American political and judicial...
  • Details emerge in Northeast Las Vegas home invasion shootout

    07/02/2015 4:55:49 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 02 july 2015 | COLTON LOCHHEAD
    A 23-year-old man was able to fend off two intruders in his family’s home Tuesday morning, killing one and wounding the other, according to a police report released Wednesday. Just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Tarneshia Harris, 29, also known as Tiffany Carter, and a male accomplice broke into a house in the 3800 block of King Palm Avenue, near Pecos and Alexander roads, while several people were home, according to the report. The duo initially tried a ruse to gain entry, police said. Harris knocked on the door of the house and told the 12-year-old boy who answered that her...
  • Commentary: Why Israel has lots of guns but few gun crimes (barf alert)

    06/30/2015 5:44:47 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 30 june 2015 | Daniel Gordis
    Early in 2002, as the Second Intifada was raging, guns — normally ubiquitous in Israeli society — were even more in evidence. In restaurants, at synagogue and especially on the street, you could see pistols stuck into men’s belts or pants. One of my wife’s closest friends kept a gun in her purse. Those were dangerous times in Israel. More than once, legally armed civilians killed or wounded terrorists in places as seemingly benign as the grocery store. I decided that I, too, should probably get a gun license, and promptly went to the appropriate government office to apply. Obama...
  • Paul Fanlund: Flags may fall, but in Wisconsin, gun culture stands tall (barf alert)

    06/26/2015 4:59:42 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies ^ | 26 june 2015 | Paul Fanlund
    David Barden, 7, loved to ride waves at the beach and make s’mores around a bonfire with his cousins. Jessica Rekos, 6, loved orca whales, playing with her two brothers and everything about horses. Both were killed by automatic weapons at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012 along with 18 other students and six adult staff members.
  • The Right to be Free From Guns (barf alert)

    06/25/2015 4:59:36 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 40 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 25 june 2015 | E.J. Dionne,Jr.
    WASHINGTON -- Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said "Enough" after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying "Enough" after Charleston. But this time, we don't even expect anything to happen. What's needed is a long-term national effort to change popular attitudes toward handgun ownership. And we need to insist on protecting the rights of Americans who do not want to be anywhere near guns. None of this should...
  • Top aide benefited from tax break Obama has assailed

    06/25/2015 4:53:33 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 25 june 2015 | Chuck Neubauer and Sandy Bergo
    Valerie Jarrett, a friend of President Barack Obama who is also one of his top advisers, benefited from an income-tax loophole that the president has said unfairly helps the “wealthy and well-connected” — a tax break that Jarrett herself has tried to close. The “carried interest” benefit Jarrett received may have saved her $200,000, according to records and interviews. The term refers to the performance fee paid to real estate developers, as well as private equity and hedge fund managers for managing other people’s money when their deals or funds exceed certain profit thresholds.
  • Why is Obama giving up on gun laws?

    06/21/2015 7:04:33 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 21 june 2015 | Clarence Page
    Witnesses say the white gunman who killed nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., was quite vocal about his motives: He wanted to kill black people. Sylvia Johnson, whose cousin the Rev. Clementa Pinckney was one of three ministers killed in the church, said a survivor of the horror told her the shooter muttered, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go." In Charleston, a slaughter in the sanctuary In Charleston, a slaughter in the sanctuary Facebook photos and other evidence suggest...
  • Handgun waiting period is still a good idea

    06/21/2015 6:47:59 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 40 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 21 june 2015 | Dana Wachs
    I am a lifelong hunter and gun owner. Until my father gave his shotgun to my oldest son at age 92, three generations of my family would hunt together. Like in so many Wisconsin families, the importance of gun safety and responsibility was a lesson I learned from my father and passed on to my children. Four decades ago, an important gun safety law was placed on the books in Wisconsin. On March 10, 1976, Gov. Patrick Lucey signed into law a bill, passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature, mandating that a buyer wait 48 hours after passing a background check...
  • Why assault rifle sales are booming

    06/16/2015 5:00:54 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 61 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 16 june 2015 | Robert J. Spitzer
    "The most wanted gun in America" is what The New York Times dubbed the AR-15-style semiautomatic in February 2013. Even though assault weapons — guns originally designed for combat use and rapid fire — constitute only about 1% of all 300 million firearms in America, lately they've been flying off the shelves. Demand has outpaced production. Weapons like the AR-15 represent the leading edge of the gun debate. Successfully enacted on a limited basis at the national level in 1994, the assault weapons ban lapsed in 2004. After the Sandy Hook school shooting, a new ban was introduced in Congress,...
  • Weaker tenure at the University of Wisconsin weakens academic freedom

    06/13/2015 5:23:22 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 13 june 2015
    Fear not, intrepid professor: Tenure isn't dead in Wisconsin. Those changes to shared governance? Minor stuff. And that new policy written into the state budget to make it easier to fire tenured professors like you? Just a little additional "flexibility" for your boss. Don't worry: Teach an extra class or something. The faculty in the University of Wisconsin System isn't buying this hokum, and you shouldn't, either. At the behest of a governor fast on his way to the presidential sweepstakes, the Legislature's budget-writing committee has voted to remove tenure for university professors from state statute, weaken the faculty's voice...
  • Sen. Kirk and his comments could tank GOP ticket in 2016

    06/12/2015 5:27:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12 june 2015 | John Kass
    If only American politics were a movie, then Sen. Mark Kirk could blurt out whatever comes to his mind. The media would be astonished at the honesty. They'd call it endearing. Soon, Washington would speak a dead language: direct talk. And filmgoers across the land would feel a wave of the warm and fuzzies. But that's the movies. And Sen. Kirk knows this isn't some picture show. Hollywood tried that blurting honestly plot with "Bulworth" and it flopped, miserably. By now you know the issue: Kirk just blurts things out, like his already famous "bro with no ho" comment. Audio:...
  • Concealed carry draws opposite views — and a murky middle

    06/12/2015 5:14:50 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 24 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 12 june 2015 | Ashley Luthern
    Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has made no secret that he thinks criminals can and will obtain permits to carry hidden guns. Supporters of concealed carry say he's overreacting, and the vast majority of permit holders are law-abiding citizens. In between are permit holders like Darrail Smith, who has no prior criminal convictions but who police say has a habit of turning up at shooting and homicide scenes, serving as a human holster. It took months of police work before prosecutors had enough evidence to issue an unusual gun-related charge against him. How many more cases like Darrail Smith are...
  • Rush Limbaugh, you are not normal

    06/09/2015 4:25:02 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 53 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9 june 2015 | Leonard Pitts
    I am not normal. This, I learned from a news story 35 years ago. The details have faded with the passage of time, but the gist of it remains clear. Some expert had crunched a bunch of numbers in search of the “average” human being, the planetary norm, and found that she was an 8-year-old Japanese girl, living in Tokyo. I don’t fit that profile; I’m willing to bet you don’t, either. So as a matter of statistical fact, I’m not “normal” and neither are you. I went to church with Bruce Jenner. Here's what Caitlyn Jenner taught me about...
  • Gun ownership comes under fire

    06/09/2015 4:11:53 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Gun control advocates, in their never-ending quest to take firearms from those who are licensed and trained to legally carry them, are trying to advance a bill in the House of Representatives introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. But the bill itself stomps on constitutional rights, and Rep. Maloney’s arguments for it can be shot so full of holes that the legislation would look like a target at a shooting range. As reported by The Hill’s Lydia Wheeler, the Firearm Risk Protection Act, unveiled May 29, would require gun buyers to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase...
  • Coordinate efforts to curb gun violence

    As the toll from shootings continues to increase in Milwaukee — including 11 people injured in seven separate shootings over the weekend — state Sen. Nikiya Harris Dodd is asking the community to not forget about the grass-roots efforts in the neighborhoods most affected by the violence. And she's right. Those efforts are critical; if neighbors don't work together to take back their neighborhoods block by block those neighborhoods have little chance of becoming safer places. That work is happening in many city neighborhoods; Harris Dodd pointed to several such efforts in a meeting with the Editorial Board on Monday,...