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The Aurora Movie Theatre Shooting and American Gun Culture : The New Yorker
Only in America. Every country has, along with its core civilities and traditions, some kind of inner madness, a belief so irrational that even death and destruction cannot alter it. In Europe not long ago it was the belief that “honor” of the nation was so important that any insult to it had to be avenged by millions of lives. In America, it has been, for so long now, the belief that guns designed to kill people indifferently and in great numbers can be widely available and not have it end with people being killed, indifferently and in great numbers. The argument has gotten dully repetitive: How does one argue with someone convinced that the routine massacre of our children is the price we must pay for our freedom to have guns, or rather to have guns that make us feel free? You can only shake your head and maybe cry a little. “Gun Crazy” is the title of one the best films about the American romance with violence. And gun-crazy we remain.
violence  news  tragedy  mass-shooting  psychology  american  culture  guns  gun-control  politics  murder  law 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Homicide rates linked to trust in government, sense of belonging, study suggests
"When Americans begin routinely complaining about how they hate their government and don't trust their leaders, it may be time to look warily at the homicide rate."
violence  homicide  murder  crime  sociology  economics  capitalism  neoliberalism  free-markets 
january 2011 by tsuomela
A Tale Of Two Capitalisms: Research Into Homicide Rates And The Link To Political Economies
"Dr Steve Hall and Dr Craig McLean, claim in the latest international journal Theoretical Criminology that homicide rates are significantly higher in nations in neo-liberal politics where free market forces are allowed free rein, such as the USA, but are significantly lower in nations governed by social-democratic policies which still characterise most Western European nations."
violence  homicide  murder  crime  sociology  economics  capitalism  neoliberalism  free-markets 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Why the press can't get enough of Harvard or Yale murders. - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine
If you plan to be murdered and expect decent press coverage, please have the good sense to be a Harvard or Yale student or professor. America's top dailies and the cable networks will rush to the scene of the crime and sniff the vicinity for clues to your demise. They'll scrape your personal history and publish enough information to serve as a foundation for a made-for-TV movie about you.
media  journalism  ivy-league  crime  murder  bias 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Sketchy evidence raises doubt - The Denver Post
Long story about a Colorado murder and the on-off investigation of Tim Masters who was convicted 12 years after the crime based on his "violent" drawings from a notebook he had kept as a teenager.
crime  law  evidence  police  legal  murder 
march 2009 by tsuomela

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