On The Availability of Guns and the Eagerness to Hate | Common Dreams.
10.29.13 – 4:42 PM
On The Availability of Guns and the Eagerness to Hate
by Abby Zimet
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At today’s Senate hearing on Stand Your Ground laws, powerful testimony from two Florida mothers who lost their teenage sons – both black, unarmed, wearing hoodies and minding their own business – to racist angry white guys with guns. A fierce Lucia Holman McBath, whose son Jordan Russell Davis was shot and killed for sitting in a car with friends listening to loud music just nine months after Trayvon Martin’s death, blasted laws that allow people to “establish their own definition of right and wrong and how ‘justice’ will be carried out.” McBath, who became an anti-gun activist after Jordan’s death, noted that “there were many ways (the encounter between the shooter and her son) could have ended, but there was only one once a gun entered the equation.” Despite the appalling and oblivious racism still abroad in the land – Halloween, among many other things, seems to bring it out – McBath was hopeful that change will happen. “That man was empowered by the ‘stand your ground’ statute. I am here to tell you there was no ground to stand.
There was no threat. No one was trying to invade his home…I can tell you all about (Jordan). His easy smile, his first girlfriend…But you can never really know my boy because an angry man who owned a gun kept it close at hand and chose to demonstrate unbridled hatred one balmy evening for reasons I will never understand.” Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
UK child poverty survey exposes ‘grinding reality’ of cold, damp homes
Children’s Society finds more than half of UK’s 3m poor children complain of cold and 76% often worry about family finances
Children play in a run-down street in the deprived Govan area of Glasgow. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
More than half of all poor children in the UK are living in homes that are too cold, and around a quarter said their home suffered from damp or mould, a survey published by the Children’s Society indicates.
Of those children surveyed who said their family was “not well off at all”, 76% said they “often worried” about how much money the family had. More than 53% said their home was too cold last winter and 24% said it was “much colder” than they would have liked, while 26% said their home suffered from damp or mould.
There are over three million children living in poverty in the UK, a figure that is predicted to rise. Poverty remains stigmatising, according to the survey of 2,000 children aged between 10 and 17, published on Tuesday.
California police shoot and kill boy carrying replica of assault rifle
Santa Rosa officer opened fire on Andy Lopez Cruz, 13, as he walked down street carrying pellet gun, authorities say
Andy Lopez was shot dead by a Santa Rosa police officer as he walked down the street carrying a pellet gun modelled on an assault rifle. Photograph: AP/The Press Democrat
A 13-year-old California boy carrying a replica of an assault rifle to a friend’s house was shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy who believed the gun was real, authorities have said.
The incident took place in Santa Rosa, northern California, on Tuesday, a day after a 12-year-old boy killed a teacher at a Nevada middle school with a gun he then used to take his own life.
The Santa Rosa boy’s father said his son, Andy Lopez Cruz, a middle schooler who played the saxophone and liked basketball and boxing, was shot while on his way to a friend’s house with a pellet gun that had been left at the family home over the weekend.
“It’s not right what they did to my son,” said the father, Rodrigo Lopez, as he sat with friends and family on Wednesday outside Santa Rosa City Hall in a quiet protest….
Please, read this article here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/24/california-police-kill-boy-rifle?