One commonly held belief is that gifted students don't need help and will do fine on their own. This perception may be due to the empirical evidence showing that many gifted students do end up quite successful later in life.
With the understanding that even our political officials are refusing to protect us from these monsters, it is up to us to be the advocates for sensible gun legislation to use our democratic power to promote change.
Earlier this year, my brother, Police Officer David Hofer, was killed in an ambush in the line of duty in Euless, Texas. In the last two weeks, five Dallas Police Department officers were gunned down and three officers were killed in Baton Rouge.
We caused those deaths, by our inaction, by our acquiescence in the maintenance of a social structure, by our active or passive maintenance of a national fabric that not only allowed, but supported the behavior that has inevitably brought us to the ugly place in which we now find ourselves.
We are poised at what seems to be the pinnacle of a manufactured breakdown, with police shooting unarmed citizens, snipers shooting police, global and domestic violence rising, and a political showdown between two presidential candidates equally matched in unpopularity.
Approved by unanimous consent--as in full-body, bipartisan support--the new measure would extend the life of the 2008 Emmett Till Act that has provided $10 million a year to fund FBI investigations of cold cases of civil rights era murders. That original law is set to expire after next year.
As long as the privileged aren't confronted with crime, poverty, economic deprivation or racism, it's far too easy to wash their hands of a responsibility all Americans should share, a more just society.
Baton Rouge simply doubles down on the possibility of another poll bump up for Trump. That's not all that's deeply worrisome. There's a historic parallel that gives an ominous cast to public sentiment about the always volatile impact of racial politics on an election.
It is possible to grieve for police brutality victims and grieve for officers. And yes, it is possible to hold law enforcement accountable, while praising the good work that many of them do day in and day out.