“Good grief - it's apparent from all of these comments about gun control laws that none of you are from Chicago.
If you were, you would be talking about the fact that these shooters and victims are mostly below the age of 20. You would be talking about how these young folk in the inner city don't have any other option than to engage in a "turf" war. They don't dream of becoming doctors and lawyers, they dream of living to 21. This whole conversation has absolutely NOTHING to do with gun laws. It has everything to do with the neighborhoods and communities that these young people grow up in. There will always be illegal weapons on the street, any person will tell you that. Rather than pointing the conversation at gun laws, maybe you can talk about reforming the public education system that has done a disservice to these young people. Maybe you can talk about the immense poverty that they grow up around and the rampant drug use that has plagued the inner city for decades. Maybe you would want to talk about the segregation that has long existed on Chicago's southside. But until then, please keep your politics out of it and push for ideas that will further enhance the opportunities for good within this city rather than pursue your own political bias.”
Cornelius G on May 1, 2013 at 15:26:00
“One of the biggest problems, if not the biggest problem in this day and age, is the cyclical poverty whereby parents bring children into the world without capacity to raise them properly. Almost all of these victims and perpetrators are byproducts of fractured and dysfunctional households. Any significant change in Chicago and similar communities must come from within the people.”
Karchi13 on May 1, 2013 at 14:44:20
gwrit on May 1, 2013 at 14:41:46
“Anyone can come out of any situation if they desire to do the work it takes. I know many instances where this has happened.They have choices just like all of us do. No matter the color of their skin.”
MrMonarch on May 1, 2013 at 14:33:36
“I'm here and was born and raised.
The thing I notice is that the shooters never have a FOID, never have a Chicago Firearms Permit, and never have their firearm registered with the city.”
Jan 19, 2012 at 21:34:20
“WOW - can't believe such an inspiring story that is the epitome of the "American Dream" can inspire such hateful words and sentiment solely based on his country of origin. Last time I checked traveling to America to pursue a dream is why 99.9% of people came to this country throughout the past decades. Just because american politicians in the mid-20th century decided to alter immigration policies, all immigrants became void of their humanity. We owe it to ourself as an intelligent nation to be better than this rather than be brought down by our own discrimination.”
“Actually, yes they do. Once the US detains them in a wartime capacity they must follow the rule of the Geneva Convention. The Bush Administration tried to get around this by labeling people "enemy combatants" - a term that doesn't exist in international law, to bring them outside of the jurisdiction tied to convention.
The US only suspend the writ of habeus corpus for any detainee during a war - and yes, habeus corpus can be extended to detainees. Solely because it's a perpetual "War on Terror," this has been used to hold these prisoners indefinitely. That's like saying you want to hold a pot smoker in Gitmo indefinitely because of the "War on Drugs."”
globaltrekkie on Jan 16, 2012 at 00:44:33
“Good point. I would have appreciated it more if I had not fallen asleep reading it.”
pinetrale on Jan 12, 2012 at 01:24:26
“yes its going to be a multi century war. No one will declare it over as they won't take the risk to their political future if a future attack of some kind happens, and their opponents would use that against them.”
“So would you recommend locking up indefinitely someone that you SUSPECT to be guilty of raping and killing in America? Without hearing or trial? There is a right to due process under the Geneva Convention and under International Law and for America to continue to act unilaterally is immature and only continues to exacerbate our reputation as individualist cowboys and the world's policing power.
If they did do as you suggest, which the number prove that there is only a small minority to which that applies, they have a right to hear the charges against them and have their crimes proved in a court of law.”
globaltrekkie on Jan 11, 2012 at 23:03:54
“Then you to go Cuba and fix it all. Yeah, that is what I thought.”
“I think you would probably look for a lady in a burka. And if someone stole her baby, I think she would be running around looking for it. Seems like from that interaction, women in burkas are not found much around your parts.”
“"One nation under God" - maybe he should've kept going with the rest of the pledge and realized that it finishes with "liberty and justice for all," not just those 1% that can afford to have liberties and justices that are not afforded to the rest of the 99%.”
“It's called Due Process. The Constitution and subsequent laws state that you can only hold prisoners and suspend the writ in times of military conflict and war. The problem comes in when you have a "War on Terror" that could in theory be perpetual. Do you then suspend their right to due process indefinitely? That sounds more like the "evil" that the US has been fighting wars over and condemning other country's for violating.”
“I agreed that it's up to the parents but what this could lead to is a distorted body image - especially when using young girls with such an extreme message. Every young girl, at one point in her life, struggles with weight. I think that this extreme measure promotes those same feelings of insecurity all children face at one point or another in life.”
“Unfortunately the Bush Administration didn't like writs of habeus corpus for "enemy combatants" -- ironically a term not recognized by any international criminal court or tribunal.
Under the Military Commissions Act, the Bush Administration allowed only military tribunals in front of military judges, detainees given last minute counsel, were not allowed to hear the complete charges against them or any evidence for that matter, hearsay was admitted, meaning that if an official said this person was a "terrorist" with no evidence whatsoever, that was substantial. Thankfully the Supreme Court struck that down but there has been a limited development into the alternatives afforded to these detainees.”
Realrelief01 on Jan 3, 2012 at 21:46:49
“OK try them under the laws of there host country. That must be fair if they are fighting for it? Right ?”
“The US is so concerned and so willing to take action against the potential development of a nuclear weapons program rather than taking action to prevent the continued persecution by the Iranian government of the Bahai minority that was one of the key points in the UN Resolution against Iranian Human Rights Violations. Interesting priorities...”
“Unfortunately, if I had all the answers, I would hopefully be making a lot more money.
But I don't think that a general amnesty is the solution as much as I would like that. Most of Americans wouldn't go for that and I think that needs to be respected. I think that the process of citizenship needs to be reformed to allow more than 700,000 people admitted every year and doing away with the Green Card Lottery. Despite the good intentions, they are not really solving the issue of permitting permanent documented entry into the US.”
jstanavgguy on Jan 2, 2012 at 12:29:13
“And what of the illegals that are in the country?
“I would be very careful making blanket statements about the education of all illegal immigrants. It's very well established that immigrants from all corners of the world come in with degrees in engineering, medicine, law, etc. but cannot find employment with this knowledge because of the immigration policies put forth by the US.
And Einstein emigrated prior to the US entry into WWII. He went through the same process as most at the time, though was a valuable asset to the Roosevelt Administration based on his knowledge of the Nazi government. He wasn't granted citizenship until 1940 under the old process.”
randyjet on Jan 3, 2012 at 08:18:10
“All immigration had been BANNED by FDR during the Depression. There were exceptions made for folks like Einstein and those with family members here.”
randyjet on Jan 2, 2012 at 12:33:33
“The well educated immigrants are NOT the same as ILLEGAL ones. Comparing a LEGAL immigrant Indian PhD in electrical enginerring to an uneducated illegal is absurd.”
I agree that the immigration policy of the US should not discriminate based on color, race and religion or nation of origin; however, unfortunately the sad reality of laws passed post WWII have been based primarily on race, ethnicity, and political discrimination -- the Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act, the McCarran Act, famously the Hart Cellar Act - which did away with numerical quotas, and most recently the Secured Fence Act.
I don't believe that any of the recent legislation that has been enacted including the Arizona law (which actually violates the Supremacy clause of the Constitution by the way) really attempts to solve the issue of A.) what to do with the HUGE population of illegal immigrants that currently reside within the US; and B.) how to reform the current immigration process that obviously does not prevent or solve the current influx of illegal immigration from all corners of the globe.
Even the Dream Act is merely an attempted band-aid to the failed reform that we need as a nation for years.”
jstanavgguy on Jan 2, 2012 at 12:15:30
“What, exaclty, is the reform you think should take place?
Do you simply make all of the illegals legal? Do we grant them citizenship?