May 12, 2013 |
Milwaukee Public officials are very selective about when violence and death matter. Massacres and terrorist incidents cannot be ignored, but the day-to-day toll from gun violence is often swept aside. Politicians who tout themselves as advocates of law and order don't want to be unmasked as caring even more about their ratings from gun lobbyists. And opponents of the most moderate gun reforms engage in a shameless game of bait-and-switch. Because measures such as background checks would not stop every murder,...
March 29, 2013 |
Charlotte and Harriet Childress are researchers and consultants on social and political issues. They are the co-authors of " Clueless at the Top: While the Rest of Us Turn Elsewhere for Life, Liberty, and Happiness ," on outdated hierarchies in American culture. Imagine if African American men and boys were committing mass shootings month after month, year after year. Articles and interviews would flood the media, and we'd have political debates demanding that African Americans be "held accountable.
January 18, 2013 |
It has been more than a month since Adam Lanza marched into Sandy Hook Elementary School and massacred 20 children and six adult staff members before taking his own life. Since that day, a massive debate over guns has gripped the country. President Obama has announced new measures to reduce gun violence . A Connecticut school was just named for one of the fallen teachers. And the Sandy Hook students are back in class . Yet we still know...
July 27, 2012 |
A few years ago, one of us came across a young woman who had just been hit by a car. She was the mother of two young children and one of Atlanta's star runners. I found her unconscious and bleeding profusely from a severe head injury. She died in my arms while I tried to resuscitate her. Her death was tragic, but it wasn't "senseless. " In scientific terms, it was explicable. The runner, who had competed in 15 marathons and broken many records, wore no lights or reflective vest in the...
April 17, 2013 |
President Obama delivered remarks at the White House on April 17, 2013, after the Senate rejected the deal on expanded gun background checks reached by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: A few months ago, in response to too many tragedies, including the shootings of a United States congresswoman, Gabby Giffords, who's here today, and the murder of 20 innocent schoolchildren and their teachers, this...
March 12, 2013 |
The afterglow of President Obama's reelection and inauguration appears to have vanished as increasingly negative views among Americans about his stewardship of the economy have forced his public approval rating back down to the 50 percent mark, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll . In December , just after he won a second term, Obama held an 18-percentage-point advantage over congressional Republicans on the question of...