Posts Tagged ‘guns’

June 2nd, 2023 - 4:01 am § in Law and Courts

Guns are changing American life

An entire generation of American kids are growing up in fear of being gunned down in their classrooms, or shot at a shopping mall. The NRA likes to say, “An armed society is a polite society,” but the data say otherwise. Guns are now the leading cause of death of Americans under age 19 ([...]

April 18th, 2023 - 12:18 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Reasonable fear or trigger happy?

That’s what a jury may have to decide after a D.A. charged Andrew Lester (photo, left), 84, for shooting a teenager (see story here). Lester was at home on Thursday, April 13, 2023, when the doorbell rang at 9:45 p.m. He went to his door with gun in hand, a .32 pistol. Opening the wood [&helli[...]

April 16th, 2023 - 10:25 pm § in Law and Courts

Two black teens, two doorbells, and gunfire

A black teenager was shot in Kansas City on March 21, 2023, for not answering a doorbell. His mother says “a man came to her house looking for a cousin who he thought lived there,” and when the teen wouldn’t let him in — there were young children there — the man opened [...]

April 15th, 2023 - 12:19 pm § in Law and Courts

Mitigating circumstances

“The mother of a 6-year-old Virginia boy who shot and wounded his teacher had a series of miscarriages and post-partum depression in the year before the shooting, her attorney said Friday,” adding his client “believed her gun, which was legally purchased, was secured” (see s[...]

April 15th, 2023 - 2:39 am § in Politics, Racism, Republicans

Republicans can’t escape their unpopular policies

It’s hard for ordinary people like me to fathom why anybody would want to be president, but a number of Republican politicians do, and they all have a problem. Most Americans hate their positions on abortion and guns. On top of that, the GOP has long been a party for the rich, and often indiff[...]

April 10th, 2023 - 9:02 pm § in Politics, Republicans

Florida isn’t a crime-free haven

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who wants to be president, isn’t keeping Florida residents safe. Florida’s pandemic death rate was twice Washington’s, thanks in part to his lax public health policies. What about crime? DeSantis is bragging he’s made Florida a safe state, but nothing backs[...]

April 7th, 2023 - 1:18 pm § in Law and Courts

Cops go to wrong house, kill owner at door with gun

Farmington, New Mexico, isn’t a tiny rural town. It’s a city as big as Bremerton, Washington, with a police department. On Wednesday, April 5, 2023, Farmington cops were dispatched to 5308 Valley View Avenue on a domestic call. “Domestics,” as they’re called, are well k[...]

March 30th, 2023 - 12:35 pm § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

GOP House leader wants to talk about school shootings

“House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said legislation alone can’t prevent school shootings and that the U.S. must also have some kind of serious talk,” Huffington Post reported on Thursday, March 30, 2023, in the aftermath of a private Christian school massacre (read story here). M[...]

February 24th, 2023 - 2:54 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Guns in schools news for 2/24/23

“A 2-year-old girl, 13-year-old boy, 15-year-old boy and two 16-year-old boys were shot in the schoolyard of the James G. Blaine School at about 5:52 p.m. Thursday, according to Philadelphia police.” (Read story here.) “A male juvenile suspect has been arrested at a high school bas[...]

February 22nd, 2023 - 1:37 pm § in Law and Courts

The Supreme Court doesn’t care about gun violence

Last year’s Supreme Court decision in the Bruen case is “upending gun laws across the country,” Huffington Post says (see story here). That’s because the court changed the rules about how gun laws are reviewed for constitutionality, in a way that’s very bad for public s[...]