Andrew Leigh: Sometimes a tragedy is so awful that it changes the national debate. The 1996 Dunblane school shooting in Scotland, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, and the 2011 Norwegian gun massacre all prompted an outpouring of anguish and a demand for changes in law.
Kevin Zeese: Majorities now support the outright legalization of marijuana and oppose the war on drugs. The public has overcome decades of misinformation to justify the drug war.
Dave Zirin: Just as “rape” is a crime and “rape culture” is when the crime is disregarded and mocked, violence against women excused is ensuring that violence will occur again.
Peter Bibring: There’s no reason that shootings should be anonymous, and this week’s ruling rightly makes clear that even general evidence that officers might face retaliation isn’t enough to withhold information; there must be a specific threat of violence.
Jamala Rogers: Missouri has a history of screwed up executions. It once employed a dyslexic doctor with a history of malpractice suits to carry out its executions.
Kevin Zeese: The Judge may have intended to send a message to those who dissent, instead may have created a powerful messenger of dissent.
Even with the creation of an Office of the Inspector General, there remains a need for a high-level body of nonpolitical leaders, who are held in high regard by the community and can focus exclusively on the time consuming task of LASD oversight.
Sharon Kyle: So now I’m intrigued and confused. If he was mistaken for the murder suspect, why would he have to cop a plea and why is he behind bars, and why haven’t the bullets been removed and oh yeah – why was he shot in the first place?
The Cooler Bandits Free Screening – Come to this free screening on the Pitzer College campus Benson Auditorium Thursday • May 15th • 1pm during Graduation week – Free and Open to the public
Larry Wines: Excuse me, but aren’t the people who are most demanding of government prayer the very ones who engage in proselytizing, petitioning prayer, intimidatingly aimed like a weapon at non-Christians who must be “saved” by the superior Christians who are the sole impediment to the road to hell?
Jamala Rogers: Since police have these super toys, they feel compelled to use them resulting over-reactions and over-kill such as botched raids and deadly encounters with innocent citizens.
David Love: With the death of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, we have lost a great fighter in the ring and a powerful advocate for the wrongfully convicted. In many ways, he helped open the eyes of many to the injustices of a system that far too often throws innocent people behind bars.
Bob Gelfand: When the gun violence involves the police killing an unarmed civilian, peoples’ views range from the angry to the downright illogical.