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  • 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...
  • Obama wants nationwide gun laws to fill in gaps left by local efforts (barf alert)

    10/26/2015 4:55:12 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    LA Tiimes ^ | 26 oct 2015 | Christi Parsons
    One evening in late August not three blocks from President Obamas Chicago home, someone in a passing car pulled up to a silver Volkswagen and fired several shots through the drivers side window, killing the driver, execution-style. The suspected gang shooting happened close to a playground, an elementary school and a high school, where football practice was wrapping up for the night. The crime terrified Obamas old neighbors and highlighted just how closely the problem of gun violence hits for the president as it rages unabated in Chicago. Obamas home city is at the center of a debate about the...
  • Steve Chapman: Hillary Clinton's talk of gun buyback inflated

    10/25/2015 6:23:10 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Madison .com (Cap Timeds) ^ | 25 oct 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Barack Obama promised he wouldnt take away anyones guns, but gun rights alarmists have spent seven years incessantly predicting he will. From his experience, Hillary Clinton seems to have decided to skip the part of the campaign that involves placating the National Rifle Association. Recently, at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, she was asked about adopting a federal gun control program like the one enacted in Australia in 1996, which banned automatic and semiautomatic rifles and shotguns and mandated the buyback of those already present. Some 650,000 guns were taken from citizens and destroyed. Clinton replied, I do...
  • Hillary Clinton, gun buybacks and a win for the NRA

    10/24/2015 5:32:04 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 24 oct 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Barack Obama promised he wouldn't take away anyone's guns, but gun-rights alarmists have spent seven years incessantly predicting he would. From his experience, Hillary Rodham Clinton seems to have decided to skip the part of the campaign that involves placating the National Rifle Association. Recently, at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, she was asked about adopting a federal gun control program like the one enacted in Australia in 1996, which banned automatic and semi-automatic rifles and shotguns and mandated the buyback of those already present. Some 650,000 guns were taken from citizens and destroyed. Clinton replied, "I do...
  • Lawsuit filed against online firm involved in Azana slayings gun sale

    10/23/2015 5:32:18 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 23 oct 2015 | John Diedrich
    Three years to the day after a gunman shot seven women, killing three including his wife, at a spa in Brookfield, a lawsuit was filed against online gun sales site Armslist, its founders and the Cedarburg man who sold the murder weapon. Zina Daniel Haughton and two other women were gunned down by her abusive husband, Radcliffe Haughton, at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield, before he fatally shot himself. The wrongful death lawsuit, which involves the same local law firm that successfully represented two wounded Milwaukee police officers in a landmark case against Badger Guns, was filed Wednesday....
  • Editorial: Opposition to gun buyback program is indefensible (barf alert)

    10/21/2015 6:37:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 24 replies
    Chivago Sun -Times ^ | 21 oct 2015
    Don't believe for a second the rhetoric that pro-gun groups, like the rest of us, want to reduce the gun violence that is destroying cities. Not when they are dead-set on sabotaging even a minor effort in Chicago to get guns off the street.
  • Allow ban on guns inside campus buildings to stand (barf alert)

    10/15/2015 4:58:51 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 25 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 15 oct 2015
    The National Rifle Association and its supplicants in legislatures around the country and the U.S. Congress have a ready and facile answer for the problem of gun violence in the United States: More guns. If only the students inside that Oregon community college were armed when a student killed nine and injured nine others Oct. 1. If only teachers in the nation's high schools carried guns. If only carrying firearms was legal everywhere. But it's a fantasy the firearms industry has inflated in the minds of supporters. And it's fantastical to think that lightly trained citizens packing guns will either...
  • Revoke the Second Amendment (barf alert)

    10/12/2015 5:24:45 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 64 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 12 oct 2015 | Barry Blackwell
    History, common sense and reliable data should be the three-legged stool on which legislation concerning gun ownership might be based. Instead, the debate is shaped by once-imagined and now real fear (tyranny), specious reasoning (sophistry), rigid belief systems (ideology) and politics corrupted by money (bribery). It is a problem unique to America, impervious to change, despite recurring episodes of mass murder and deaths due to guns killing more children or adults in accidents, suicide, murder and domestic violence since 1968 than the total of lives lost in all of America's wars. The Second Amendment of the Constitution, included in our...
  • 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 · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08 oct 2015 | Aaron C. Davis
    Chiefs of some of the nations 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 nations 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, States 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 its not often that you find searing insight within Twitters 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 nations 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
    Im 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 dont mean create a beam of light. Im 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 daggeryou know, defend me? Oh no, he says. This doesnt 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, its 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 shouldnt 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 states 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 4 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...