Category Archives: Gun-violence

US protests were triggered by George Floyd’s killing, but tension has been building for centuries – ABC News as seen from Australia

It all started with a call to police over a $20 bill

In 2016, Philando Castile was shot dead during a routine traffic stop in the suburbs outside Minneapolis.

And in 2018, Thurman Blevins was killed during a police chase in the city. He was captured on police body-cam footage pleading, “please don’t shoot me”.

About 1,000 Americans are shot and killed by police every year, according to data compiled by the Washington Post.

And while African-Americans account for just under 13 per cent of the population, they are killed by police at more than twice the rate of white Americans.

Source: US protests were triggered by George Floyd’s killing, but tension has been building for centuries – ABC News

Europe must prepare for US exit from vital Russia treaty, former Nato generals warn | World news | The Guardian

if the US does leave the treaty, the statement argues its Nato allies should stay in the agreement, noting that European states perform 55% of the flights and are the subject of nearly 59% of Russian overflights. European states do not have the satellite-surveillance capacity of the US, so are particularly reliant on Open Skies flights, which can be carried out under cloud cover.

It calls for the remaining parties to the treaty to meet within two months of a US withdrawal to discuss how the agreement would function without Washington. That would involve limits on what information Nato members could share with the US.

“It’s important for western European governments, to be prepared for this,” said Andreas Persbo, ELN research director. “For them this treaty has some value, and it would be in their interest to continue flying over Russia, and Russia would like to continue to overfly western Europe. The question is can that be maintained without Russia exacting too heavy a price from western governments.”

Source: Europe must prepare for US exit from vital Russia treaty, former Nato generals warn | World news | The Guardian

Security Researchers Say The Reopen America Campaign Is Being Astroturfed

Gun advocacy and conservative groups are responsible for astroturfing the reopen America campaign that has swept the US in recent days, according to research from cybersecurity experts.

Source: Security Researchers Say The Reopen America Campaign Is Being Astroturfed

Kent State–50 Years On — In Saner Thought

Before the days when cops have a free hand at killing American citizens….there were antiwar protests all over the nation……one particularly deadly encounter was Kent State…. Do you remember this iconic photo from the massacre? On this day in 1970 Ohioan National Guard open fire on protesting students……with disastrous results….death and maiming…… On May 4, […]

via Kent State–50 Years On — In Saner Thought

Justin Trudeau Bans Assault Weapons in Canada – Mother Jones

Though Canada’s order is immediate, it comes with a two-year amnesty period for Canadian citizens who already own assault-style firearms to turn in their weapons. Trudeau explained that there would be legislation passed to provide “fair compensation” for citizens who own now-illegal firearms.  “These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only — only to kill the largest amount of people in the shortest amount of time,” Trudeau said. “You don’t need an AR-15 to bring down a deer.”

Source: Justin Trudeau Bans Assault Weapons in Canada – Mother Jones

Open Thread | The Complete Corruption and Incompetence of the Republican Party

The corruption of the Republican Party is obvious and disgusting 😠😠 In the middle of a PANDEMIC 😠😠😠   To clarify, one of Inhofe’s stock trades, …

Open Thread | The Complete Corruption and Incompetence of the Republican Party

Trump: 2nd Amendment under ‘serious attack’ in Virginia – Reuters “Sides with Neo-Fascists against Citizens of Virginia!”

President Donald Trump said on Friday that the U.S. Constitution was being attacked in the state of Virginia, where lawmakers have been moving to enact tougher gun laws and arms enthusiasts are planning a rally next week.

Source: Trump: 2nd Amendment under ‘serious attack’ in Virginia – Reuters