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Friday, December 09, 2016

Gun control is the least effective means of reducing firearm-related violence in metropolitan areas. Its ineffectiveness stems from the fact that, as Democrat and gun owner Jeremey Wang pointed out in a recent editorial, attempting to restrict access to guns fails to address the root causes of inner-city violence.

But new programs that focus on identifying potential shooters and intervening before they commit a crime have proven to be remarkably effective. The programs take advantage of the fact that an extremely small percentage of a city's population is responsible for much of the firearm-related violence.

One of the best examples comes from Richmond, California, where the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) has managed since 2007 to reduce firearm-related homicides by 76 percent and firearm-related assaults by 66 percent. read more


A Missouri gun dealer, Odessa Gun & Pawn, has settled a lawsuit alleging that it neglectfully sold a pistol to a woman who used it to murder her father. The dealer settled the Brady Center-backed lawsuit for $2.2 million.

Attorneys from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence believe that this will lead to additional lawsuits against gun shops in other states.

"I think this case sends a resounding message to gun dealers across the country that if they put profits over people, we will make them pay with consequences," attorney Jonathan Lowy told the Kansas City Star. "We're taking the profit out of supplying dangerous people with guns."

The team filed the lawsuit against the pawn shop after it sold a handgun and ammunition to Colby Weathers. Weathers' mother, Janet Delana, contacted Odessa Gun & Pawn previously with detailed information about her daughter and her state of mental health. Weathers suffered from schizophrenia and suicidal intentions. read more


Thursday, December 08, 2016

Whether it's a smooth plane or an untouched forest, most American women and men have at least considered grooming their pubic hair at some point. But the decision is a personal one, and for many people, science couldn't have less to do with it. Yet a new study could make you reconsider how and even if you groom, Agata Blaszczak-Boxe reports for LiveScience.

Researchers surveyed 7,580 people, asking about their grooming habits and sexual and health histories. The results of the study, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, suggest a correlation between pubic grooming and sexually transmitted infections in both men and women.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

It's no secret that the U.S. has an inequality problem. But actually looking at the disparity between the top and the bottom can still be staggering. Deutsche Bank's chief international economist Torsten Sløk sent around a chart in a recent note to clients showing the share of U.S. household wealth by income level. Notably, the top 0.1% of households now hold about the same amount of wealth as the bottom 90%. "U.S. wealth ownership has changed significantly over the past several decades," Sløk wrote.


WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump thundered to Americans, "I am your voice," as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination this summer.

As president, he'll find that Washington has a way of shouting back -- even to the point of drowning him out.

The seat of the federal government is teeming with interest groups, corporate lobbyists and big-money super PACs. They will have some different goals than Trump and wide swaths of his voters, particularly on matters of government ethics and trade deals. There's comparatively little in place to pressure lawmakers to follow Trump's lead.

"This has always been the problem for conservatives," said Brent Bozell, a longtime activist who leads a social media effort called For America. "We'll get a person elected only to get the middle finger as soon as the person is sworn into office." read more


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