DHS Releases Video On Responding To Mass Shootings

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 10:38 am

The Department Of Homeland Security in Alabama has released a video on responding to a mass shooting. The video called Run, Hide, Fight has some interesting instructions: Occasionally life feels more like an action movie than reality… There a three things you could do to make a difference: run, hide, fight… Always try to escape [...]

NRA’s LaPierre Calls for Armed Guards in Schools – You Know, Like at Columbine

By: Friday December 21, 2012 10:45 am

In a bizarre press conference, NRA Chairman Wayne LaPierre called for the immediate placement of armed guards in all public schools. This is classic “fighting the last war” thinking, along with a dash of “think of the children” policymaking. Just quickly, because you shouldn’t even dignify this with much of a response. One, it would [...]

Michigan Governor Snyder Vetoes Concealed Carry in Public Schools Bill

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 1:40 pm

Embattled Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed ill-timed legislation that would have allowed experienced gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public schools. This is among the first tangible impacts of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The bill was delivered to Snyder’s desk early Tuesday afternoon and he vetoed it [...]

As Gun Safety Debate Heats Up, Danger in Trying to Solve Wrong Problem

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 8:20 am

Before this fight gets waged, however, there has to be some understanding of what problem needs to be solved. I completely agree with Mark Kleiman that asking “how do we stop the type of shootings we saw in Newtown” risks solving the wrong problem. The gun safety debate should not just focus on protecting children, and it may not be accurate to tailor policies toward preventing mass shootings. There are certainly things we can do to curtail the 9,000-odd homicides with guns used each year, but they may not be applicable to the case of the young, mostly white, often mentally disturbed individuals who commit mass murder, often out of a need for attention, which is then lavished upon them by the news media.

Gun Safety Should Not Just Be Directed At Protecting Children

By: Monday December 17, 2012 7:45 am

This to me is a key part of the President’s remarks at last night’s vigil in Newtown, Connecticut: This is our first task — caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that [...]

Feinstein Plans to Reintroduce Assault Weapons Ban Next Year

By: Sunday December 16, 2012 12:26 pm

Dianne Feinstein, author of the 1994 assault weapons ban that expired under President George W. Bush in 2004, told Meet the Press that she plans to reintroduce the law on the first day of the new Congress in 2013. The bill seeks to respond to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, [...]

Thoughts on the Newtown Elementary School Tragedy

By: Friday December 14, 2012 12:56 pm

I haven’t been posting this afternoon because I’ve been preoccupied with other things, but also because of a general frustration with how America responds to gun tragedies. Really the lowest form of our political discourse comes out on these days. It seems as if somebody is just inventing scenarios to increase the outrage over the [...]

Debate Odds and Ends

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 3:18 pm

A few more comments on last night’s debate: • I don’t think the college student worried about his job prospects was looking for the answer Obama gave about the budding rise of manufacturing. He’s not looking for a factory job. I think high-skill manufacturing should absolutely be part of the mix of the 21st-century job [...]

Justice Department IG Report Refutes Many Issa Claims from Fast and Furious Scandal

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 2:04 pm

A Justice Department Inspector General’s report on the Fast and Furious matter largely exonerates Attorney General Eric Holder, claiming that he knew nothing about the gun-running operation until after the death of a US Border Patrol agent. The report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz said there is “no evidence that … Holder [...]

Empire State Building Shooting Shows Danger of Using Guns to Stop Gun Violence

By: Friday August 24, 2012 1:45 pm

Today, gun violence claimed the life of another American outside the Empire State Building. But the muddled and confusing aftermath offers a lesson as to why the preferred conservative response to mass shootings, i.e. arm more citizens, would be disastrous: A clothing designer who had been fired from a Midtown Manhattan company shot and killed [...]

Gunman in Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting Suspected as a White Supremacist

By: Monday August 6, 2012 6:15 am

The nation witnessed another incident of right-wing domestic terrorism yesterday, when a suspected white supremacist killed 7 people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. This is only the latest in the suffering of the Sikh-American community in the United States, which has endured discrimination for over 10 years since 9-11. Sikhs are continuously [...]

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