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Don't Be Fooled. Homicides In Schools Are Still As Rare As Always

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

On Thursday, Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, brought guns to Oregon’s Umpqua Community College and opened fire on unsuspecting students and i...

What Happened to Brazil?

John Feffer | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
John Feffer

Brazil was heading into the semifinals of world development as an odds-on favorite. How did the country go from world-class performer to global embarrassment in what seems like the blink of an eye?

Woman Prosecuted for Loss of a Child After Birth

Lynda Bekore | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Lynda Bekore

Are women to be forever guilty until proven innocent? If this decision holds, then America, 2015 has truly turned into Salem, 1692, and women's strides for equality and fairness will indeed have been tossed back into Bizarro World.

The 'Ferguson Effect' Isn't Real, And The New York Times Shouldn't Act Like It Might Be

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics

On Monday, The New York Times published an article on murder rates that was misleading at best, and fearmongering at worst. "Murder Rates Rising...

Cop Killings Are Way Down During Obama Presidency

Tom Mullen | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Mullen

In the seventh year of Bush's presidency, there were 77 cop killings, by our definition. So far this year, Obama's seventh in office, there have been 35. Statistically speaking, we're on pace for a total of 52 in 2015, which would be the lowest total in this century.

Kansas City Calls for Action and Healing in Response to Tamara Dominguez's Murder

Randall Jenson | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Randall Jenson

The murder of trans women, particularly trans women of color, is a real epidemic facing our nation. We demand immediate attention on both local and national levels to end this violence.

Washington, D.C. and Gun Violence Among Black Youth: A Bellwether City at a Crossroads

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 08.19.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

What if we carefully listened to the stories of young men in jail, particularly those accused of gun-related crimes, to deeply understand their motivations or sought their advice about how to solve these problems?

South African Prosecutors File Appeal Against Pistorius Verdict

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.17.2015 | World

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 17 (Reuters) - South African state prosecutors filed an appeal on Monday against the verdict of culpable homicide passed on Oscar P...

This One Thing Could Keep Cops From Being Shot On The Job

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Support for expansive gun rights and police officers often go hand in hand, and most conversations about gun control center on civilian casualtie...

Teens In Custody After Police Find 5 Dead In Oklahoma Home

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.23.2015 | Crime

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Police in eastern Oklahoma say five people have been found dead and two teenagers were taken into custody. In a news ...

The Black Lives We Aren't Talking About

Rashawn Davis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Black Voices
Rashawn Davis

Everyday, dozens of Black men and women are being killed by other Black men and women and although the circumstances that have created these realities may not be our fault, the solvency must be. If not us, then who?

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mayor Mitch Landrieu Talk Violence in America

Aspen Institute | Posted 07.03.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

Is violence a function of our culture? During a recent 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival session, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) and Senior Editor and National Correspondent for The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates explored this complex and provocative question.

Journalism Is Red in Tooth and Claw

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.01.2015 | Media
Nigel Barber

If it bleeds, it leads is a truism of news coverage. We all sympathize with the victims of senseless violence, and their families, because we know that it could have been us, and our families. Yet, our world has never been less violent - except in news media and entertainment.

Jason Linkins

Everybody Chill: There's No Ferguson-Inspired 'New Nationwide Crime Wave' | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

If you were paying attention to the news Monday, you might have heard something about how a violent crime wave has swept across these United States, o...

Stronger Gun Laws, Less Violence

Robert Muggah | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Muggah

Strong gun laws are not equivalent to taking guns away from citizens. To the contrary, they consist of transparent rules and procedures designed to manage the possession, storage and carrying of firearms in order to limit access to legitimate users alone.

Freddie Gray's Family Is 'Satisfied' With Charges Against Officers

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices

The family of Freddie Gray on Friday applauded the news that Gray’s death had been ruled a homicide and that criminal charges were being brought aga...

Lilly Workneh

Baltimore Protesters Rejoice Over Charges In Freddie Gray's Death | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices

It wasn’t expected -- but it was welcome. Many Baltimore residents applauded Friday's announcement from State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby that F...

Let's Stamp Out Stigma

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To scapegoat and stigmatize people with psychological problems may discourage them from seeking treatment and result in a backlash including the occurrence of an increased incidence of violent episodes.

12 Unsolved Murders in Illinois since 1974

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While it is the job of police in Illinois to solve crimes committed in the state, not every crime ends with an explanation and a conviction. The Illinois State Police has a list of 24 unsolved murders since September 1974, in hopes that it may lead to new information, tips or leads from the public.

Ex-NFL Player's Cellmate Was Strangled To Death In Cell

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2015 | Sports

Phillips, 39, is suspected of being the one who strangled him.

The Making of a Murderer

Lisa Firestone | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime
Lisa Firestone

If we are serious about preventing violence, we have to be serious about early intervention. We have to work together to prevent child abuse and build better mental health screening and services for younger people.

Why We Must Not Fear Depression in the Wake of the Germanwings Tragedy

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

In the wake of the Germanwings crash, questions abound about what happened, what was going through the mind of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, what his motiv...

Making Sense of The Jinx, Robert Durst and What He Said

Joe Navarro | Posted 05.24.2015 | Crime
Joe Navarro

I don't know if the statements made by Mr. Durst in the HBO documentary will be admitted in a future trial or even if they are needed. What I can say from experience is this: We should not be surprised when people make utterances that inculpate them in crimes.

Better Than Somalia -- How to Feel Good About Gun Violence

Evan DeFilippis | Posted 04.25.2015 | Crime
Evan DeFilippis

Unsurprisingly, the United States does indeed have a lower homicide rate than countries in the middle of civil war, run by despots, or struggling with crippling poverty. Should we really be patting ourselves on the back that our homicide rate just barely beats out Yemen?

Guns, Steel, Grit and Grief

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Guns and grief are a bad combination. Our judgment is clouded and undone in moments of aggrieved passion; we are least suited at such times to take on the roles of both jury and judge, leaving aside the illegality of such vigilantism. We may, in the throes of passion, misconstrue causes and misdirect blame. But we may hope to live through such moments, and see in a calmer, clarifying light.