Barack Obama´s emotional response to the Newton shootings was measured, heartfelt, and exceptionally moving. When seen through a political prism, however, it contained one a single highly charged line: "We´re going to have to come together to take meaningful action to prevent further tragedies like this, regardless of the politics." This has thrown America, once again, into a frenetic debate about the right to bear arms. However fervently Obama might wish for political concord--and even though, in the words of former Democratic congressman Bob Edgar, “nothing is more powerful than a classroom of kindergarten kids getting killed by assault weapons”
While we’re having that whole conversation about wadding up the Bill of Rights and throwing it into the trash, why don’t we have a brief conversation about what might have actually prevented the shooting by dealing with the mental illness of the shooter. Let’s talk ACLU instead of NRA. Connecticut is one of only SIX states in the U.S. that doesn’t have a type of “assisted outpatient treatment” (AOT) law (sometimes referred to as “involuntary outpatient treatment”). There’s no one standard for these types of laws,
Just days before Adam Lanza would open fire on helpless elementary school children, his mother Nancy Lanza confided that ´she was losing him´ and that ´he was getting worse.´ An anonymous drinking buddy said Nancy made the remarks in a disturbing conversation over craft beers at a bar called My Place in Newtown, Conn. The friend asked not to be named by press.(Snip) The friend knew Adam had been troubled, and he rarely came up in conversation, with Nancy preferring instead to talk about son Ryan if she discussed her children.
CLEVELAND - A chase that ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds, killing two people, began with a pop , perhaps a gunshot or backfire from a car speeding past police headquarters. For the next 25 minutes late in the night of Nov. 29, the car crisscrossed Cleveland tailed by officers, headed along Interstate 90 and wound up near the back entrance of a school in East Cleveland, where police opened fire. Police don´t know why the driver, Timothy Russell, 43, refused to stop. Russell had a criminal record including convictions for receiving stolen property and robbery.
Ten people — including four teenagers — were wounded in separate shootings since Friday afternoon throughout the city. The latest shooting happened about 11 p.m. when a male was shot in the leg in the 2600 block of South Pulaski Avenue, police said. A 26-year-old man was shot about 9:45 p.m. in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. He was standing with a group of people in the 1500 block of South Sawyer Avenue when shots were fired, police said. A 26-year-old man was shot about 9:45 p.m. in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. He was standing with a group of people
The St Rose of Lima church - located close to where President Obama is due to attend a memorial service for the victims of the Newtown school massacre was evacuated during noon mass today after the church received a bomb threat. Police and heavily armed Connecticut state troopers hurriedly entered the Catholic church that has become a center of grieving since the deaths of 20 children and six adults at the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School. In a community already on edge following the horrific tragedy on Friday, tensions were raised at the sight of nearly a dozen camouflage-clad
In the harrowing aftermath of the school shooting in Connecticut, one thought wells in my mind: Why can’t we regulate guns as seriously as we do cars? The fundamental reason kids are dying in massacres like this one is not that we have lunatics or criminals — all countries have them — but that we suffer from a political failure to regulate guns. Children ages 5 to 14 in America are 13 times as likely to be murdered with guns as children in other industrialized countries, according to David Hemenway, a public health specialist at Harvard who has written an excellent book on gun violence. Headline split, intro corrected, content added by staff
Democratic California senator Dianne Feinstein announced today that she will be introducing a bill that would ban assault weapons. “He is going to have a bill to lead on,” Feinstein said of President Obama on Meet the Press, “because as a first day bill, I’m going to introduce in the senate and the same bill will be introduced in the house,a bill to ban assault weapons. It will.ban the sale, the transfer, the importation, and the possession –not retroactively, but prospectively. And it will ban the same for big clips, drums, or strips of more than ten bullets.”..
New York Democrat senator Chuck Schumer is hoping there will be a way to establish more national gun-control laws as a result of the Newton shootings. I think we have to do things that protect the second amendment rights of legitimate gun owners, but three things that we should focus on. we don’t know the details yet, so you can’t say any that any of them would have stopped this incident, but you can say they are parts of the pattern,” Schumer said on Face the Nation. “One is to ban assault weapons, to try and reinstate
If certain aspects of stories relating to an incident of gun violence don´t fit the template, they usually doesn´t get reported at all. But if such things somehow get some local exposure, they rarely escape into the broader national news environment. What follows is an example of the latter. On Saturday, Dan Zimmerman at the Truth About Guns blog (HT Instapundit) asked a quite logical question about the horrible murders at Oregon´s Clackamas Mall on December 11, and referred readers to a report from local Portland TV station KGW (video at link) which provides the probable answer:
Over at the American Spectator, Peter Ferrara makes the case for dumping John Boehner as Speaker of the House, and replacing him with . . . well, I’ll get to that part of Peter’s argument in a moment. Peter is one of the unsung workhorses and heroes of conservatism in Washington, battling every day to shore up the cause of lower taxes and spending restraint on Capitol Hill. So in my disagreeing with him, Peter deserves the regard that, I am pleased to note, he pays to Boehner. Bottom line: I think Peter is mistaken
What if Hollywood made a high profile movie that carried an implicit message supporting George W. Bush´s War on Terror policies and made Barack Obama look naïve? What if the movie were made by an acclaimed director, and was really, really good? Why, you´d have the amusing opportunity to read up on the critical reaction To Kathryn Bigelow´s new blockbuster film, Zero Dark Thirty. I confess that when I learned that Hollywood was to enjoy very broad cooperation from the intelligence community for the production, I assumed that the Obama Administration would get a free pass, a semi-hagiographic treatment
CEDAR LAKE — A Northern Indiana man who allegedly threatened to “kill as many people as he could” at an elementary school near his home was arrested by officers who later found 47 guns and ammunition hidden throughout his home. Von. I. Meyer, 60, of Cedar Lake, was arrested Saturday after prosecutors filed formal charges of felony intimidation, domestic battery and resisting law enforcement against him. He was being held Sunday without bond at the Lake County Jail, pending an initial hearing on the charges, police said in a statement.
On Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Washington Post columnist George Will claimed that strict gun control laws often do not prevent determined killers from committing deadly mass-shootings. “In 1996, a man went into a gym class in Scotland, [and] killed sixteen 5-and 6-year-olds and the teacher,” Will said. “A few years ago in Norway, a young, deranged, young man killed, what, 69 people on an island, mostly teenagers. Connecticut has among the toughest gun laws in this country. Didn’t help.
A young woman dressed in next to nothing lies prostrate on a soaking pavement, one of thousands of binge-drinking revellers who caused chaos on Britain´s streets on ´Black Friday´. With just nine days until Christmas, hordes of party-goers ignored the driving rain and freezing conditions to pack out pubs, bars and clubs on festive parties, and many were so drunk they could barely stand. In scenes of carnage repeated across the country, women stumbled in the middle of the road and yobs fought in and outside bars, while some thugs hurled rubbish at each other.
Amid all its political correctness and ideological distortion, one thing often overlooked concerning the mainstream media is its essential strangeness, its near-total separation from any behavior, attitudes, or ideas that could be defined as "normal". We find yet another example of this in the treatment of Adam Lanza, the Newtown CT shooter. A photograph released by the wire services reveals a delicate-looking kid with a shy smile and a goofy haircut. (snip)But there´s another photo extant as well, one that has not seen such wide circulation
Prison justice — it’s a b***h. The jailed, heroin-addict son of Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas suffered a broken leg and finger behind bars after a crime-family captain put a $100 bounty on him for being a “rat,” a prison insider says. The source says that Cameron Douglas, 34, mysteriously suffered the injuries after a New York City mobster offered payment to anyone who hurt the drug-dealing scion during flag-football season this fall at Loretto, Pa.
A 28-year-old far north suburban man was killed in the West Side´s Tri-Taylor neighborhood and two women were injured in separate shootings Saturday night and Sunday morning, police said. The man was shot about 2:45 a.m. as he stood on a porch in the 2400 block of West Flournoy Street, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said, citing preliminary information. He was taken in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was pronounced dead
Outgoing Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) appeared on Fox News Sunday where he was asked about the mass shooting in his home state and what kind of legislative solutions that lawmakers in Washington could pursue to make sure this situation never occurs again. Lieberman said that producers of violent movies and video games must be asked to “tone it down,” because violence in entertainment is “a causative factor” leading to incidences of violence. Chris Wallace noted that children are exposed to thousands of acts of violence in video games and television in their youth and wondered if policy makers Staff has corrected headline.
A Jewish faith organisation has received 37 reports of possible anti-Semitic harassment so far this year. Jews in Denmark are advised to avoid wearing the Star of David or the religious headpiece, the kippah, in public according to advice given out by the Israeli Embassy and Jewish faith groups. Israel’s ambassador, Arthur Avon.. We advise Israelis who travel here and want to go to the synagogue that they should only put their kippah on once they are inside.. They shouldn’t wear them on the street, even in areas that are considered safe.
Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants. (Snip) I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me. A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me (Snip)His 7 and 9 year old siblings knew the safety plan -- they ran to the car and locked the doors This very important blog is posted with special permission of staff.
Attorney General Eric Holder made a few remarks about the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut´s Sandy Hook Elementary School that should raise some eyebrows. "As a nation I think we have to ask ourselves some hard questions. We gather too often to talk about these kinds of incidents. We need to discuss who we are as a nation, talk about the freedoms that we have, the rights that we have and how those might be used in a responsible way. But for now I think we should concentrate on dealing with the situation in Connecticut and we are doing,
BERWICK, Pa. - An energy company says it´s trying to figure out why a central Pennsylvania nuclear power plant reactor shut down unexpectedly. PPL Corp. says Unit 2 at the Susquehanna nuclear facility near Berwick shut down early Sunday morning. The company says the reactor is safe and stable. In a statement, Allentown-based PPL says the shutdown occurred during routine testing of a valve on the unit´s main turbine system. The company says the plant´s other reactor is operating normally.
When it comes to becoming a physician, the academic rigors, years of schooling, and personal sacrifice common to the effort are well-known. This process is a sort of rite of passage, an intellectual marathon that only the best and brightest can complete. As such, medical schools should select candidates best-suited to excel throughout school and cultivate the skills that will allow them to practice in the best health care system in the world. The process by which these candidates are selected, however, may come as a shock.
SHELTON, Conn. — There was no pride in Mary Ann McDonnell’s voice, only the trembling echo of pain and loss. “My son’s picture is on the front page of The New York Times,” she said. This 77-year-old mother and grandmother awoke yesterday, imprisoned in a nightmare that may never end. “I still can’t wrap my mind around any of it. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up from this,” she said, pointing to a photo of her son Chris, taken Friday at the moment he learned his 7-year-old daughter, Gracie,