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Yet another column about yet another shooting in America

Published Oct. 6, 2015

It should be clear to everyone by now that no matter how many words I or anyone else - be they president, celebrity, parent of a dead child, parent of a mass shooter or random person on the street - spend talking about the insanity of this country's gun culture, nothing will change.


"Peace Officer" hunts for solutions to cop-civilian tensions

Published Oct. 3, 2015

William "Dub" Lawrence knows more about the current tensions between cops and citizens than most people - and from both sides of the debate. As former Utah sheriff, he helped create the state's first SWAT team in 1975, serving over 16,000 warrants without issue. 30 years later, that very team he helped bring to life would be responsible for his son-in-law's death. His story and ensuing investigation takes the spotlight in the doc "Peace Officer."


Is the national war on police costing lives?

Published Sept. 7, 2015

I'm not talking about police deaths as a pattern because those are down under the Obama administration (the highest spike was in 1930 actually). Instead, I'm posing this question: Whether it's plausible to argue that at least one reason for the sudden national spikes in non-police related homicides in various American cities over the past year might be the result of the rhetorical (and in scattered cases, literal) "war on police."


Why don't we treat guns the same way we treat cars?

Published July 28, 2015

America doesn't have a gun problem, the argument goes; it has a car problem! This is perhaps my favorite of all the pro-gun defenses - favorite being in this case a relative term. But I need to be clear about this: I would give just about anything if guns could be licensed, regulated and policed the way automobiles are in this country.


Local leaders say root causes must be addressed before violence can end

Published June 4, 2015

Through the first five months of 2015, 63 homicides have occurred in the city of Milwaukee, compared with 94 in all of 2014. Talking to Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, local leaders in the communities most affected by violence say its causes are complex and deep-rooted, and that solutions are hard to find.

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