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The "Zimmerman Dilemma": How afraid should we be of young black men?
While commentators led by no less than President Obama  have blamed violent crime on "the entire generation of young men in our society" and have warned us to fear young black men in particular, those Americans more thoughtful than politicians running for office, exploitative interest groups, sensationalist reporters, and racist fear-mongers know that "entire generations" don't commit violence; individuals do. If the individual approaching you is a black teenaged male, how much more likely are…
Who has the right to "stand your ground"?
Florida teenager Trayvon Martin had been dead for a month and the national furor over his shooting by vigilante George Zimmerman was into its third week before anyone, to my knowledge, asked that fundamental question.  Law enforcement officials, experts, and commentators across the spectrum had assumed that the only issue was whether Zimmerman was entitled to use Florida's "stand your ground" law to justify shooting Martin. MSNBC commentator Melissa Harris Perry finally declared what the…
The Gun Culture

"Police said the gunman was a 22-year-old college dropout who was armed with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and extended clips that allowed him to fire dozens of bullets without reloading." Arizona Republic, January 11, 2011. I don't know if there is anything I can add to what has already been written in the news media and stated on newscasts and talk radio almost non-stop since the horrific events on January 8.  Here I merely want to comment on guns. There is something fundamentally sick about…

Let Our Kids Shoot Back
Let Our Kids Shoot Back! Recent sweeping affirmations by the U.S. Supreme Court, in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010), that "the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of... individual self-defense" as "a basic right" means gun possession by children and youths must be legalized immediately. Given the expansion of laws easing more widespread ownership of guns by adults and Court decisions forbidding lawmakers from infringing…
Avoid Easy "Blame the Media" Path on Crime
Two starkly diverging pathways for President-elect Barack Obama's crucial, so far unknown, public stance toward crime issues are emerging. This brief discusses the Easy Path:  Blaming youth, gangs, popular culture, and "the media" that former President Clinton largely embraced. News reports are abuzz with a barrage of "shocking new studies" declaring popular-media influences such as television, movies, rap music, and internet sites are pivotal causes of violence by youth. Unfortunately,…
School House Hype: Two Years Later
School House Hype: Two Years Later
School House Hype: The School Shootings, and the Real Risks Kids Face in America
School House Hype: The School Shootings, and the Real Risks Kids Face in America
Violence in America: How can we save our children?

A look at societal attitudes towards youth and delinquency.

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