Topic: Public Safety

Article: Rape: Trauma In The Crossfire

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Article: Another Mass Shooting

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President Obama's full address after Oregon shooting.
Barack Obama
How many of Obama's campaign promises has he kept?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised.  Check it out.

Moms Demand Action
ANYONE can broker a gun deal on Facebook and walk away with a weapon.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has launched a campaign aimed at persuading Facebook to prohibit online gun "marketplaces.Now ANYONE can broker a deal on a gun online, meet the seller in a parking lot somewhere, and walk away with a weapon.

Mitt Romney
The United States stopped plans to build a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe "as a gift to Russia."
Gates, the Bush official who recommended the plan in 2006, acknowledged he drove the change in policy because of improved American intelligence of what the Iranians were working on -- not just to be nice to the Russians.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla
The death penalty "is a deterrent that does affect and impact people."
Existing research doesn’t clearly show support for or against the death penalty as a deterrent, so Coburn can't prove his viewpoint is correct. (In England, when the sentence for picking someone’s pocket could be death by hanging, pickpockets were known to work the crowds at public executions.)  However, executions, along with prison sentences and other punishments for crime, do generally deter criminals.
Gun Violence
Not Your Grandparents’ NRA
the NRA that was created after the Civil War to promote hunting, marksmanship, and safety training was radicalized in 1977 by its leader, Harlon Carter, who rejected calls for background checks, saying that allowing “convicted violent felons, mentally deranged people, violently addicted to narcotics people to have guns” was simply the “price we pay for freedom.”
Jim Rubens NH
Says when armed civilians stop mass shootings with guns, an average of 2.5 people die; otherwise, an average of 18 people die.
Both numbers are highly inaccurate. Civilians stop about one out of every six active shooter events, but their actions rarely involved the use of firearms. The median number of people killed or wounded in all active shooter situations was five. 

Ted Cruz Tx
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), blame the surge of Immigrant children on President Barack Obama's DACA program.
Only undocumented minors who arrived prior to June 2012, were eligible for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DECA. Central American news media routinely portray Obama as tough on immigration. These children are escaping extreme violence, crime, and poverty.
Tucker Carlson, Fox News
"Far more children died last year drowning in their bathtubs than were killed accidentally by guns."
For children 5 years old and up, government data show that guns are three times more deadly than bathtubs.  For children under 17, the difference is smaller, but still more die from gunfire.
James Brown Cbs Sports
'More than 3 women per day' are killed by their partner.
During the Sept. 11 pregame broadcast, Brown urged men to learn "what healthy, respectful manhood is all about" and to "give help or to get help, because our silence is deafening and deadly."  Domestic violence experts confirm his claim.
Amy Klobuchar Cnn State Of The Union
Klobuchar: Children who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to commit domestic violence.
A 2010 study shows children who witnessed any intimate partner violence are 2.6 times as likely to perpetrate it themselves.  Children who witnessed any violence were 1.6 times as likely to become perpetrators.  We need new studies.
Law Enforcement
To avoid rape by a police officer, "people should avoid getting pulled over the first place."
After three law enforcement officials in Oklahoma were arrested for sexually assaulting women while on the job, Capt. George Brown, a state trooper, shared a few tips for women in an interview with local NBC News.  He said he was referring to general safety, not rape specifically.
Republican Policies Questioned
Republicans For Kansas Values are backing the Democratic candidate for governor because the Republican agenda has backfired in Kansas.
This organization, supported by an extensive list of notable Republican politicians and public servants, has posted an impressive statement called, Why Sam Brownback’s Policies are Taking Kansas in the Wrong Direction. They say these Republican policies have caused deficit spending, drastic cuts in education and highway spending, hurt job growth, benefited special interests at the expense of the people, and downgrades Kansas character and creates embarrassing headlines.
Domestic Violence
Psychologist David Adams says it is time to address excuses given by abusers like Ray Rice.
Adams, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Emerge, an abuser education program, says common excuses are: "Alcohol made me do it," "She provoked me," or "I lost control," or "I was under a lot of stress." Even victims may believe the excuse.  Society must be clear that there is no excuse for abuse.
Arnold Abbott
"Drop that Plate!" A 90 year old man was arrested for feeding the poor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, under a new ordinance that can jail him up to 90 days.
Ninety year old "Chef Arnold Abbott" and two pastors were arrested for serving food that they cooked in their church kitchen. Some 30 cities have tried to introduce laws similar laws at a time that more veterans face homelessness and after two harsh winters drove homeless people southward.
Mitch Mcconnell Sen Ky
The Senate Majority Leader says that the climate-change agreement between the United States and China "requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years.
Experts say that it is not in China’s interest to spend the next 16 years working toward the goal, but building that infrastructure cannot be done overnight and will take years to carry out.
Doonesbury said 3,000 Americans "died of gunfire" between the time of the Ebola scare in Dallas and the midterm elections.
The number of deaths by firearm averages over 3,000 per year.  We don't have the stats in yet for 2014, but the trend should hold.  Two thirds of these are suicides, an often ignored stat in the gun rights debate.
Barack Obama
"Nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape."
The number comes from the 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, which was released in September 2014 by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showing that 19.3 percent of women reported experiences that are considered to be rape or attempted rape under the survey’s guidelines.
Charles Koch
Recent solar energy policies in Georgia "have resulted in rate hikes and did not result in solar becoming any more economically viable."
Georgia’s largest utility said that the program in Georgia is thriving. Part of Georgia's implementation plan was that using solar power wouldn’t affect rates, and it hasn’t.
Pope Francis
Pope Francis says Christians who manufacture guns are hypocritical.
Italy averages 11.9 firearms per 100 people. The United States, on the other hand, has the world’s highest average at 88 guns per 100 people.  Gun homicides in the US are over four times higher than in Italy. At Healing Connection we believe It is time that the lives of innocents override the hobby of gun owners.
Former Chicago Investigator Lorenzo Davis
Chicago fired an investigator trying to hold cops accountable for unjustified shootings.
Lorenzo Davis, a fired IRPA investigator, reveals that the independent agency tasked with policing Chicago cops hasn’t released findings on several unjustified police shootings because its leaders are more concerned with protecting officers than investigating citizen complaints.
Charles Koch
New report examines Kochs' role in Hurricane Katrina damage and slow recovery.
The report says that Koch and other oil and gas pipeline companies caused destruction of wetlands south of New Orleans, eliminating New Orleans' "natural protection, and exacerbating the damage done when Katrina hit, .They continue to oppose reform legislation.
Nancy Pelosi House Minority Leader
Pelosi wants Congress to establish a Select Committee on Gun Violence in the wake of the Oregon college shooting that left 10 dead on Thursday.
The House Minority Leader said, "There's already a Select Committee on Benghazi, and there will likely be one to investigate Planned Parenthood." She now wants to create a committee to investigate the "crisis" of mass shootings. In 2015 alone, there have been 45 mass shootings at schools.

Mark Kelly, Responsible Solutions
Mark Kelly points out that "felons, people who are dangerously mentally ill have easy access to guns."
Astronaut Kelly founded Responsible Solutions with his wife, Gabby Giffords, after she was shot in a mass shooting in 2011.  He pointed out on CNN’s State of the Union on Oct. 4 that  for two decades there has been a senseless crippling ban on federal funding of gun violence research.

Gun Violence
Australia has a generation that has grown up FREE from Mass Shootings.
The 1996 Port Arthur Massacre, was Australia's 9/11. A mentally challenged gunman killed 35 and injured 23 innocent people at a tourist attraction.  Australia took action and has never had another mass shooting.  An entire generation has grown up not fearing such things.
Donald Trump
Trump, Republican presidential nominee, painted a picture of a nation in crisis, saying, "Crime is rising."
In Fact, crime rates have been falling almost without fail for roughly a quarter-century.  This includes violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault; as well as  property crimes like burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.  News coverage of crime may have increased.


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