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Posts Tagged ‘guns’

December 3rd, 2022 - 1:33 am § in Law and Courts

Should this trigger-happy cop stand trial for murder?

Rajan “Raj” Moonesinghe, 33, was shot and killed at his home by an Austin, Texas, police officer on November 15, 2022. He’d just returned home, and thinking his house was being burglarized, walked around outside with a rifle, then fired two shots into his house. A neighbor had called polic[...]

November 26th, 2022 - 8:18 pm § in Politics, Republicans

Guns aren’t free speech

“Firearms are frequently becoming part of political life as Republicans loosen restrictions on carrying guns in public,” Raw Story says (in a story here). “Across the country, openly carrying a gun in public is no longer just an exercise in self-defense — increasingly it is a soa[...]

November 25th, 2022 - 1:55 pm § in Politics, Republicans

Kyle Rittenhouse is still an awful person

I was astonished, yet not really surprised, to read there’s a video game called “Kyle Rittenhouse’s Turkey Shoot.” It’s exactly what the title implies: Gamers pretend to be the teenaged killer and try to gun down virtual turkeys (read story here). In a video promoting t[...]

November 15th, 2022 - 12:34 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Black men can’t have guns

Harith Augustus, aka “Snoop the Barber,” was a popular barber in Chicago’s south side. On July 14, 2018, Augustus was on a sidewalk near his barbershop, just walking and doing nothing suspicious, when he was accosted by five cops. Two of the officers were black, three were white. T[...]

September 23rd, 2022 - 1:49 pm § in Democrats, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Crime blotter: I don’t care what his excuse is

Isabella Thallas (photo, left) didn’t see her 22nd birthday, because Michael Close (photo, below right), 38, killed her over dog poop. Thallas and her boyfriend, Darian Simon, were walking a dog on June 10, 2020, outside Close’s apartment building in Denver. They stopped and encouraged t[...]

September 21st, 2022 - 1:12 am § in Law and Courts

The guy who raped your sister can now legally carry a gun while stalking you

Until yesterday, a federal law prohibited people under felony indictment from buying guns. But that public safety protection is now gone, thanks to a ruling by an Obama-nominated, Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas (see his bio here). I’m not sure it’s his fault. In striking down the[...]

September 2nd, 2022 - 8:26 pm § in Schools & Colleges

Kids with guns

“School had just started for the year on Monday,” the CNN story begins (here). “A suspect approached the victim, 17, during dismissal. The encounter became heated, and the suspect … also 17, shot at the victim multiple times …. School police performed CPR on the studen[...]

August 30th, 2022 - 7:06 pm § in Law and Courts

What America can do about guns right now

I’m not talking about overcoming the very difficult hurdles of the Supreme Court and Senate filibuster to pass new laws. I’m saying enforce the laws we already have.      “The number of shootings involving automatic weapons in the US has skyrocketed,” CNN says. “Inci[...]

August 2nd, 2022 - 12:24 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Only 60 days in jail for threatening to kill kids wearing BLM tee-shirts

Steven L. Cibotti, 57, of San Francisco was intoxicated when he did it, but that doesn’t excuse him. In June 2020, during the height of the George Floyd protests, he was at a restaurant when he spotted a family with young kids wearing BLM tee-shirts. Without any prompting or provocation, Cibot[...]

June 14th, 2022 - 2:13 am § in Schools & Colleges

“I was almost a school shooter” (video)

Is there insight to be gained by listening to someone who almost did the unthinkable? Is this man’s confession worth 7-1/2 minutes of your time? It should be, because he has a solution for school shootings. It comes at 5:45 into the video, although you should listen to what comes first. He als[...]