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US child firearm injuries
Peer reviewed study with basic numbers from CDC researchers
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yesterday by nelson
What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer - The New York Times
A Violent Country
America’s gun homicide rate was 33 per million people in 2009, far exceeding the average among developed countries. In Canada and Britain, it was 5 per million and 0.7 per million, respectively, which also corresponds with differences in gun ownership.

Americans sometimes see this as an expression of deeper problems with crime, a notion ingrained, in part, by a series of films portraying urban gang violence in the early 1990s. But the United States is not actually more prone to crime than other developed countries, according to a landmark 1999 study by Franklin E. Zimring and Gordon Hawkins of the University of California, Berkeley.

Rather, they found, in data that has since been repeatedly confirmed, that American crime is simply more lethal. A New Yorker is just as likely to be robbed as a Londoner, for instance, but the New Yorker is 54 times more likely to be killed in the process.

They concluded that the discrepancy, like so many other anomalies of American violence, came down to guns.
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3 days ago by corrales
Website Flint in a Place - Best in Book in The Annual 2018
“[In the way it is often portrayed Flint is] always the victim, always this broken, ugly place,” he continues. “We work really hard to find stories that are more celebratory as well. I’m basically trying to keep Flint as meaningful as possible for as long as possible, and that’s the body of the work. We’re creating a spiderweb of material so that maybe you see Briana’s story or you see the Prom stuff and then that draws b you in and you say ‘oh what’s going on in this community?’ and then you understand it better.”
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3 days ago by JohnDrake
The gun-law loophole that entices tycoons and criminals to play cop • Bloomberg Businessweek
Zachary Mider, with an amazing piece about a loophole that lets people sign up as police for tiny places - and then carry concealed weapons all around the US:
<p>In Oakley, a village of about 300, the police department charged $1,200 to become a cop. It tried to keep the names of some 150 volunteers confidential by saying they could be targeted by Islamic State jihadis. When a list of applicants became public a few years ago, it included out-of-town lawyers and businessmen, a pro football player and the musician Kid Rock.

Action-movie star Steven Seagal got a badge from Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West. So did at least five people linked to a civilian Navy unit in Virginia that became the focus of an unrelated corruption investigation, the Washington Post reported. According to 2016 testimony in the case, members of the Navy unit helped direct $14,000 worth of radio equipment to the sheriff’s office and used their shields to travel the country armed, including on commercial airlines. 

Neither West nor the former Oakley police chief responded to requests for comment.

To qualify for the concealed-carry perk, known as H.R. 218 after the House version of the bill, officers must be authorized to make arrests and carry a gun on duty. An unarmed dispatcher or records clerk doesn’t meet that standard. But in some states, volunteers can carry weapons and make arrests without completing the rigorous certification process required of most full-time cops. In these states, police chiefs and sheriffs can award the privileges to pretty much anyone they want.

That’s partly why nobody knows how big the badge market is. There’s little state or federal oversight, and some localities keep their volunteer rosters secret. 

“This is widespread and widely abused,” said David LaMontaine, a retired deputy sheriff and union official who pushed for state oversight of volunteers in Michigan. Now federal lawmakers, he said, should “close that loophole.”

The risks of policing with volunteers became national news in 2015, when a 73-year-old reservist and donor to the Tulsa, Oklahoma, sheriff’s office accidentally shot and killed an unarmed suspect during an arrest. The reservist was convicted of manslaughter, and the sheriff later pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor for covering up an internal report alleging preferential treatment for the donor.

Lake Arthur points to a different problem: men with badges who aren’t doing much police work at all.</p>

If you have a system, it will be abused. If the system lets you carry deadly weapons, its abuse will kill people.
Guns  america 
3 days ago by charlesarthur
Diamond and Silk
Editorial about a Black comedy duo doing a pro-Trump shtick
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4 days ago by nelson
The US spends less on children than almost any other developed nation |
The federal government now spends less than it did about 30 years ago on some of the country's poorest children, the result of cuts to federal welfare programs, according to a new research paper.
fusechange  america 
4 days ago by corrales

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