Daily Commute Traffic Linked To Asthma, Anxiety, And Now Cancer

By: Friday April 12, 2013 10:40 am

There is no shortage of critiques of the suburbs. The most popular suburban critiques typically are cultural and revolve around disgust with Eisenhower era superficiality and antipathy towards white flight. There have even been some recent environmental additions to criticizing the suburban lifestyle with its long daily work commutes burning massive amounts of fossil fuel [...]

President Endorses Reinstatement of Assault Weapons Ban, Other Gun Safety Legislation

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 6:20 am

The President will support a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. He will also “consider” legislation limiting extended magazines that carry a high capacity of bullets, as well as legislation closing the “gun show loophole,” which enables gun purchasers to avoid [...]

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.

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, [...]

Mentally Retarded Man Faces Execution in Texas Today, in Contravention of Supreme Court Ruling

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:55 am

Staying with my Texas theme this morning, the state is about to execute a mentally retarded man today, despite a Supreme Court prohibition on the practice which they managed to get around: In 2002 the Supreme Court ruled that executing the mentally retarded violated the Eighth Amendment. The Court left it up to individual states [...]

Jared Loughner Ruled Incompetent to Stand Trial

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 1:10 pm

Jared Loughner, accused of shooting Gabrielle Giffords and killing 6 people in a rampage in Tuscon this January, has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial by a federal judge today. The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns means 21-year-old Jared Lee Loughner will be sent to a federal facility for up to four [...]

Obama Enters Gun Control Debate Gingerly

By: Monday March 14, 2011 10:58 am

Two months after the tragic shooting in Tucson, President Obama quietly placed an op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star commencing the debate on gun laws that should arise as a result. This is a pretty muted response, but let’s see what he views as priorities: • First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are [...]

Nothing Brave About Jerry Brown’s Budget Approach in California

By: Saturday March 5, 2011 8:58 am

E.J. Dionne had an op-ed this week about how “responsibility equals invisibility.” He contrasted the divisiveness of Scott Walker in Wisconsin or John Kasich in Ohio with the more measured approaches of Democratic governors dealing with their budget crises. There is nothing courageous about an ideological governor hacking away at programs that partisans of his [...]

Loughner’s Conspiracy-Fueled Rampage Has Origins on the Fringe Right

By: Monday January 17, 2011 8:22 am

PORTLAND – Greetings from Oregon. Republicans have pulled off a neat trick with respect to Jared Loughner. They have worked very hard to characterize him as a “whacko” and a “nutjob” (inadvertently hurting the prospect of a successful prosecution, by the way), going so far as to use the shooting as an opportunity to revamp [...]

Concealed Carrying Bystander Nearly Killed Innocent Man During Tucson Shooting

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 11:49 am

Jared Loughner fired 31 shots in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday. At least 20 of those 31 struck individuals. Under the federal assault weapons ban which expired in 2004, it would have been difficult for him to fire more than 10. High-capacity magazine clips were banned from manufacture and hard to get, and the moment of [...]

WaPo’s Irresponsible Article Blaming Acquaintances for Not Committing Jared Loughner

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 6:10 am

According to the Washington Post, Arizona has a law on the books that enables anyone to identify a potential victim of mental illness, and remand them for treatment: Under Arizona law, any one of Jared Lee Loughner’s classmates or teachers at Pima Community College so concerned about his increasingly bizarre behavior could have contacted local [...]

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