Friday, January 31, 2014

What Do the Pope and Congressman Darrell Issa Have in Common - Not Much!


Pope Francis
How far does Pope Francis' social justice agenda go? Would you believe payday lending?

Well, not technically payday lending, but 'loansharking' (which many would say is six of one; half dozen of the other). But it is true, he's taking on those institutions which charge usurious fees that enslave borrowers under a mountain of debt. 

"The pope's comments at his general audience coincided with statistics issued on Wednesday by the country's tax police that showed they had seized some 168 million euros from loansharks in 2013, up some 1,250 percent over the previous year."

""When a family has nothing to eat, because it has to make payments to usurers, this is not Christian, it is not human," the pope said."

""This dramatic scourge in our society harms the inviolable dignity of the human person," he said, expressing his support for Italian groups who help families and businesses and who attended the audience."

"A number of Catholic associations in Italy help victims of loansharks. According Abele, a Catholic social services group, the illicit lenders are tied to organized crime and charge annual interest rates that can reach 1,500 percent in some cases. The annual rate is usually between 150 and 400 percent."

The pope's attitude toward such business practices makes it plain that his sympathies are with the borrowers and not with the lenders. Would to God that were true with the American politicians. Oh, to be sure, there are pockets of resistance where the government is fighting back. The New York attorney general, for instance, recently compelled a cluster of payday loan services to pay refunds and penalties to borrowers after it was discovered they were charging compound annual interest rates of 89 to 355 percent. That's a clear violation of New York's usury law, which sets the maximum interest rate for most loans at 16 percent.

According to reports, the payday services in question had made 18,000 loans since 2010 with a net value of $40 million.
U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA)
But then there is U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) are fighting U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder over the justice departments investigation of big banks and their relationship to payday lenders.Operation Choke Point” is a massive investigation into whether banks help payday lenders illegally siphon billions of dollars from consumers’ checking accounts in exchange for a fee. Some banks, which offered loans of their own, recently announced they would get out of the payday lending business entirely to avoid a separate regulatory crackdown.
Mind you this industry in the U.S defrauds some 12 million Americans costing them billions of dollars a year in the same type of loans Pope Francis decries. In fact in America the average interest rates of between 138, 400 to 1200 percent.
Issa and Jordan's response? A January 8 letter to Holder saying in part, "The Department has consistently stated that its goal is to combat mass-market consumer fraud. However there is ample evidence that the true target of Operation Choke Point is the online lending industry, not actual frauders. Initial press reports of the Department’s investigations support such an understanding." The 'online lending industry' is, of course, online payday lenders.
From the Pope's righteous outrage at an industry practice that strips people of their dignity, to Darrell Issa's outrage that the U.S. Attorney General would dare seek to protect those same people is a greater ideological distance than from here to the Vatican...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Privilege and Poverty

What goes through your mind when you read these words?

Advantage
Privilege
Opportunity
Hard working
Mine

These are just a few words that generally describe how we think in our various socioeconomic groups - rich and poor.

In fact they represent the lens through which we view one another. The rich tend to see the poor as objects of charity. People who don't work hard enough to make it. The poor see the wealthy as greedy. Some poor people are deemed worthy if they are seen as hardworking, while the wealthy are deemed to have earned what they have. 

This TED talk uses an experiment the board game Monopoly to show how we change when we think we are earned our place in the world when we start out with 'money' and our attitudes towards those who don't. 


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How Do You Make it if You are Poor?


Invariably when you talk about poverty someone will say, "It's about personal responsibility; if these people didn't have children they can't take care of their lives would be easier." Or "Why don't these people just get another job?" Or even, "What are churches and other non-profits doing to help these people?"  

Of course the first question falls in the category of what I call, 'true but useless information'. The fact is 'these people' do have these children and something needs to be done about them...not in the abstract, but concretely. The other two questions are simply idle questions in which many times earnest people seeking to evade any sense of personal responsibility, or public responsibility, try and come up with 'easy' solutions to someone else's problems. 

This video by Catholic Campaign for Human Development outlines the issue as plainly as possible, while also making the case for a $10-$15 minimum wage.


Monday, January 27, 2014

A Story of a Father and a 'Look'

StoryCorp produces a series of vignettes that are tell stories of that are essentially morality tales many of which are based upon the memories of the people telling the tales. 

'A Family Man' is the story of  John L. Black, Sr. who in 1955, started his job as a janitor for the Cincinnati public school system. He regularly put in 16-hour days to provide for his wife and eleven children. At StoryCorps, his son Samuel talks with his wife, Edda Fields-Black, about his father's lasting legacy and the power of a look. It's a wonderfully simple story of the powerful influence of a father on the life of a son. Nothing particularly profound...unless you had a hardworking father like John Black.

I'll be sharing some of these stories periodically. I hope you enjoy them...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Never Grow Old

I don't have to tell you that Aretha Franklin's voice is one of the premier voices of our time. She is one of the very few pop singers who can sing gospel and make you forget that she makes her living singing pop music.
This is from a classic album she recorded several years ago with the Southern California Choir and the late 
Rev. James Cleveland. I hope you are as blessed as I am whenever I listen to it....


Adelfa Cajello, Latina Civil Rights Attorney Dies at 90



I met Adelfa Callejo more than 20 years ago when I was the secretary of Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Dallas. At that time I was awestruck by the civil rights and community leaders I was meeting as SCLC was fighting to stop the city council of Dallas from appealing a federal judges ruling that would clear the way for a vote on a new configuration for the city's ruling body.

Of course, I met Adelfa through then SCLC regional director Peter Johnson. Adelfa held press conferences with us and was a principally responsible for organizing the Hispanic community as allies in increasing representation of minorities on the city council.

I didn't get to know her or her story very well until many years later. She was no longer the quick, apparently eternally energetic woman I met in the early 90's, but she did indeed possess as regal and viable as she did back then. She relayed to me her improbable journey which made her the first Hispanic female lawyer in Texas; and she told me about her quest to make sure that all children got an education and pursued a dream that included financial independence.

Adelfa Callejo was supremely committed to the uplift of her people, "Callejo’s crusades ranged from protests over the police shooting of a 12-year-old Mexican-American boy in 1973, to city council redistricting in the late 1980s, to private strategizing over harsh immigration policies in Farmers Branch in 2006. As a nine-year-old in Millett, Texas, she translated for her father Felix Botello who went to complain to school authorities about the treatment of Mexican-American children in that south Texas town. The sweep of her influence was such some simply called her La Madrina, the godmother. But she herself liked to call herself a “millionaire militant.”"

Adelfa Callejo's life was full and committed. It's just the kind of life we all should strive to live. It's the kind of life that leaves the world better than it was when you found it.

Friday, January 24, 2014

"Who You Calling a 'Thug'...?!"

thug

  [thuhg]  Show IPA
noun
1.
a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.
2.
sometimes initial capital letter one of a former group of professional robbers and murderers in Indiawho strangled their victims.
Origin: 
1800–10;  < Hindi thag  literally, rogue, cheat


thug·ger·y  [thuhg-uh-ree]  Show IPA noun
thug·gish, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013. 
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OK, full disclosure. I fell asleep on the Seattle Seahawks/San Francisco game. I wanted 'Frisco to win, but as I told a friend, my feelings wouldn't have been hurt if Seattle won. They've got a great team. Russell Wilson is as solid a quarterback as I've ever seen and Marshawn Lynch is a great runner. So in my thinking, if Colin Capernick and the '49ers don't make it the Denver Broncos will have stiff opposition (although I think the Broncos are still going to win!).

As I sometimes do, when I'm watching a game that I'm sleeping on, I'll wake up and catch a few minutes of the game just to check on the score. I think San Francisco was ahead the last time I viewed the game through my sleep induced haze. When I finally did awaken, the channel had switched to something else. I learned later that Seattle won.

Good...I thought...

Then I heard about Richard Sherman and his tirade, temper tantrum. When I first heard the interview I was distracted by Sherman's demeanor. "OK, great," I said to myself, "Another loud mouthed athlete who can't control himself." I'd heretofore liked Sherman. He's a great specimen of a defensive back: big, fast, quick, smart. I knew he was a bit of a braggart. But that's football today. Something about this seemed over the line, but let's face it, I have bigger fish to fry.

But the conversation won't die. Especially the 'thug' thing...

Richard Sherman didn't curse. Didn't have to be bleeped once. He did hurl any invective at Erin Andrews, the female reporter who was trying to interview him. Sherman did 'go off' but apparently producers cut the interview and it was fine. Well, OK...

But Monday, Tuesday, in fact all this week Richard Sherman has been portrayed as an out of control, 'thug'.
Fast forward, a little to yesterday. I watched, or was trying to watch serious news and I was constantly being interrupted by constant news updates on the arrest of Justin Bieber, the 19 year old 'singer', uber popular, uber rich, entertainer who has been repeatedly in trouble for 'thug' behavior, but who has never been called a 'thug'. This time his arrest was for intoxication, drug use (marijuana) and some kind of prescription meds. He was belligerent with arresting officers, only calming down when he was at the police station. Thug behavior?



Mollie Cyrus, famous more recently, for not being able to keep her clothes on in public and singing about drug induced sexual behavior, has never been referred to as a 'thug'...

There was a hockey game after the Seattle/San Francisco game during which after the puck had been dropped and the two teams didn't even go after the puck, they immediately started fighting...on two areas of the ice! Not one of the hockey players was called a 'thug'. Richard Sherman has one admittedly loud mouthed interview in which he excoriates an opponent, without using profanity, extols his own greatness as a ball player and he is called a 'thug'...




WHAT?!

Sherman's later press conference in which this intelligent, articulate and thoughtful individual said that 'It seems like 'thug' is the new 'N-word'...' I think nailed it. Whites (and some blacks) who would never have been comfortable calling Richard Sherman the N-word, felt perfectly comfortable calling him a 'thug' and everyone would have known what they were talking about. It is no accident that neither Justin Bieber, Molly Cyrus, or hockey players exhibit far more thuggish behavior that Richard Sherman, but who are never referred to as thugs and who are given opportunities to explain themselves...or not, have never been referred to as 'thugs'. "Lost celebrities"...they're referred to. Even though none of them are much younger than Sherman.

Look, Richard Sherman is a Stanford educated professional football player; the same college that graduated Andrew Luck, QB for the Indianapolis Colts, by the way. He is supposedly going back to school for his Master's Degree. He was an honors graduate from his high school in Compton, CA. He's escaped the desolation of poverty in which he was raised and he is trying to help other youth and children escape as well. These are not the actions of a 'thug'.

Perhaps what Sherman's tirade really shows us is that most of us need a more expansive vocabulary and a less stereotypical imagination.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Economic Inequality is Dangerously Real - Now What Will We do About It?

You've heard it before - and it's true - when I was growing up the expectation was that we would live lives better than our parents. Now, I was fortunate in that my parents were not poor, they were working to middle class who made sure that we lived in relative comfort.

And you've heard it before - and it appears to be true - that our economy today does not foster that same type of confidence. Indeed, it appears that our children, depending upon the circumstances under which they were born, have less chance of experiencing the upward mobility I and my friends did as we grew up.

Jim Tankersley, writer for the Washington Post posits that same reality in an article published today...

"Children growing up in America today are as just as likely — no more, no less — to climb the economic ladder as children born more than a half-century ago, a team of economists reported Thursday.
Even though social movements have delivered better career opportunities for women and minorities and government grants have made college more accessible, one thing has stayed constant: If you are growing up poor today, you appear to have the same odds of staying poor in adulthood that your grandparents did.
"The landmark new study, from a group led by Harvard University's Raj Chetty, suggests that any advances in opportunity provided by expanded social programs have been offset by other changes in economic conditions. Increased trade and advanced technology, for instance, have closed off traditional sources of middle-income jobs...
"...The paper suggests that "it is not true that mobility itself is getting lower," said Lawrence F. Katz, a Harvard economist and mobility scholar who was not one of the paper's authors but has reviewed the findings. "What's really changed is the consequences of it. Because there's so much inequality, people born near the bottom tend to stay near the bottom, and that's much more consequential than it was 50 years ago."
What are the consequences of such lagging economic insecurity? Certainly it depresses incentives for academic achievement; it reduces incentive for younger Americans to excel when they have little or no experience in seeing an upwardly mobile adults with whom they are familiar; and it depresses incentive to strive for upward mobility in the jobs that youth typically find employment.

What's worse is that we are nurturing a culture in which inequality is becoming the norm and in which an underclass is being frozen in place by policies that are making it harder for young people to get ahead.

The article goes on to say...

"The findings from Chetty and his co-authors are likely to set off a new round of debate over mobility and inequality, which Obama recently called "the defining challenge of our time."
"There's something in the paper to challenge both political parties' converging approaches to the issue. It suggests that both sides are wrong to talk about mobility declining. It explicitly calls into question the "Great Gatsby Curve" invoked by the Obama administration, the idea that widening inequality will depress mobility over time.
"But the findings also suggest that Republicans are wrong to downplay inequality and focus solely on improving mobility."
And the authors are right. The Obama administration's focus on inequality could indeed lead to a self fulfilling prophecy and Republicans unwillingness to acknowledge inequality instead of developing policies that improve mobility will only cause the problem to worsen.
It's yet another reason for our politicians to work together to identify a solution to one of America's growing, festering problems...


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"A Royal Fellowship of Death..."


Of course the NRA has told us that the way to combat gun violence in our country is to arm all of the good people. They say there's nothing that we can do about all of the deaths associated with guns violence. 
I thought it might be a good idea to see how many incidents of death by killing machines we 'cannot do anything about'. These incidents are just a few of those that have happened this past weekend...
Friday:
A 34-year-old police officer shot and killed his wife, mother-in-law and two young children before turning the gun on himself in Spanish Fork, Utah, late Thursday. A teenage girl and boy were shot and wounded when a young man pulled out a handgun in a gymnasium full of students at a charter high school in northern Philadelphia, Pa., Friday afternoon. A 7-year-old boy was wounded by a stray bullet in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday afternoon. A 14-year-old boy was shot in the foot while he and his friends were playing ding dong ditch in Arendtsville, Pa., early Friday. Abdul Frazier, 14, one of three teenagers shot in Newark, N.J., on Dec. 25, died early Friday.
A 15-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the head on his way to school in Memphis, Tenn., Friday morning. A 15-year-old girl was shot in the chin as her boyfriend, also 15, was showing her a gun in his home inChicago, Ill., Friday afternoon. Tremaine Scott, 19, was shot in the chest and killed in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago Friday night. Timothy Travis, 21, was shot and killed in the Austin neighborhood of ChicagoFriday afternoon. A 16-year-old boy was shot while walking in an alley in St. Louis, Mo., Friday afternoon. Joseph Molina, 15, and Hyden Mora, 16, were shot and killed outside a home in San Bernardino, Calif., late Friday.
A 17-year-old boy was shot four times and ran to a convenience store for help in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia early Friday. Ernest Torrence, 49, was shot multiple times and killed in a home in the Parkside section of Philadelphia Friday night. A man and two women in their 30s were seriously wounded in a car-to-car shooting on the east side of Detroit, Mich., early Friday. A sheriff’s deputy was shot in the back of a home in Orange City, Fla., late Friday, and police arrested 16-year-old Dominic Jorgensen-Cloutier, who was wanted for armed robbery.
A 19-year-old pregnant woman was shot while walking down the street inPensacola, Fla., Thursday night, and 15-year-old Ladarryl Derrell Paige was arrested. A 16-year-old student was shot in the arm near Albany High School in Albany, Ga., Friday afternoon. A 23-year-old man was shot in his parked car on an Albany, N.Y., street Thursday night. Kristal Fesher, 20, was found shot to death in San Jacinto, Calif., late Thursday. A man was found shot in the face in a car in the parking lot of Lawrence Gymnastics and Athletics in Lawrence, Kan., Friday afternoon.
Mark Simon was shot three times in the stomach while defending a friend from a domestic attack in Spring Lake, N.C., Friday morning, sparking a hostage situation involving two young children that lasted 24 hours. Marvin Hills, 24, was shot outside a McDonald’s in Savannah, Ga., early Friday. Javon Starghill, 21, who was shot along with two others on the south side ofColumbus, Ohio, on Jan. 9, died of his wounds Thursday. A man was shotduring a robbery in south Columbus Friday evening. A man was found screaming after being shot several times in a truck in south Richmond, Va., Thursday evening.
Kevin McLaughlin, who entered a Dollar General store shouting and waving a gun, was shot and killed by a man carrying a concealed weapon in Orrville, Ala, Thursday. A man in his 20s was shot and critically wounded at an apartment complex in Lexington, Ky., Friday morning. Two men in their 20s were wounded in a shooting in Lexington late Friday.
A 35-year-old man was shot and critically wounded and his wife was raped during a home invasion robbery in northwest Houston, Tex., Thursday evening. A 49-year-old woman was shot in a home in Palmdale, Calif., Friday morning, and her husband, the suspected shooter, killed himself after a barricade situation. David Wade, 58, was found shot and critically injured in the backyard of a home in Miami Gardens, Fla., Friday afternoon.
Damian Nuñez, 23, was shot several times and killed in his apartment building in the Morrisania section of Bronx, N.Y., Thursday night. On Friday afternoon in the Bronx, a man was shot and wounded in the same neighborhood. A 34-year-old man was shot dead after an argument on the west side of Cincinnati, Ohio, early Friday. A 20 year-old man was shotand wounded near a school in the East Price Hill area of Cincinnati Friday afternoon.
A man was found fatally shot in an alley in the Harwood neighborhood of north Baltimore, Md., Friday morning. Jeron Sutton was shot several times and drove himself to a hospital in south Toledo, Ohio, Friday morning. A man was shot in the head and killed in an apartment inHuntsville, Ala., Friday evening. A 43-year-old man was shot during a family dispute in Newark, N.J., early Friday and fled on foot before being located by police.
A man was shot and killed outside an apartment complex in Orlando, Fla., Thursday night. A man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Midwest City, Okla., Friday night. A man was shot in the chest outside a methadone clinic in the Homewood area of Pittsburgh, Pa., early Friday. Thomas Gilbert, 31, was killed and 31-year-old Terrence Brison was wounded in ashooting in Little Rock, Ark., Friday night.
Lawelden McDowell, 34, was shot in the chest and killed following an argument with another man on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio, early Friday. Two people were shot and wounded at a home in north Lubbock, Tex., Friday evening, and the gunman was shot by police. Nhia Lee, 65, was killed and his wife was wounded during a carjacking and shooting spree in northwest Fresno, Calif., Thursday night.
Justin Wayne Backhaus, 32, was shot and wounded in Ponca City, Okla., early Thursday, and his roommate is a suspect. Jermarl Dawkins, 34, wasshot and killed outside an apartment complex in Bridgeton, N.J., Thursday night. Nelson Viera, 32, was shot and killed on an Atlantic City, N.J., street Friday night. Robert Morris Jr., 25, was shot in the chest and critically wounded while sitting in a car with his cousin in Syracuse, N.Y., late Friday.
A woman was shot and killed at her Fort Worth, Tex., apartment late Friday, and the father of her child was wounded, leading police to believe the shooting was an attempted murder-suicide. Three men were shot in three separate shootings in Oakland, Calif., Friday. A man walked into an emergency room with a gunshot wound in Waterloo, Iowa, late Friday. Oscar Alberto Felix, 25, was found shot to death on a porch in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, Calif., Friday evening.
Sonia Soto, 27, was found shot to death in a vehicle in downtown Los Angeles late Friday. Two men, 33 and 39, were shot and wounded on the front porch of a residence in the Chollas View neighborhood of San Diego, Calif., Friday night. A man in his 30s was shot and killed when joking with a barbershop owner turned personal in Selma, Ala., Friday evening.
Kareem Morey, 38, was shot and killed when he accompanied his sons, 19 and 21, to an apartment where they’d had a dispute with a group of men inWaterbury, Conn., Friday evening. Nathaniel Crow, 39, was shot and wounded following an argument in Franklin County, Mo., Friday night, and police arrested his father, Charles Crow, 67.
William Thomas Mackey, 30, was shot and killed by an elderly homeowner while breaking into a home in Phoenix, Ariz., Friday; Russell Wildey, 77, said he was devastated by the incident.
Saturday:
A 9-year-old boy and a 28-year-old man were shot and wounded in a parking lot in north Wichita, Kan., Saturday afternoon. Brian Freeman, 15, wasshot and killed while walking home with a friend in Rocky Mount, N.C., early Saturday. A 17-year-old boy was shot in the neck as a group of friends were handling a weapon in White Marsh, Md., Saturday night.
An 18-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooting at the same time a rally for victims of violent crime was being held in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday afternoon. A 16-year-old boy suffered an accidental self-inflictedgunshot wound in Grand Rapids, Mich., Saturday afternoon. Three people were shot near a bar in Columbia, S.C., early Saturday.
Three people, including a pregnant woman, were shot after their car broke down on a Chicago expressway early Saturday. A 31-year-old man was shotin the leg while standing on the street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago Saturday afternoon. An 18-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were shot in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago early Saturday.
A man was shot to death in an apartment complex in Carmichael, Calif., Saturday night. A 16-year-old boy was shot multiple times and wounded inTrenton, N.J., Saturday evening. A 43-year-old man was shot and killed in front of Martinez Liquors in the Wilbur section of Trenton Saturday afternoon, and that morning in a separate incident, a man was shot during a robbery.
Quintarius Brown, 18, accidentally shot and killed himself while handling a firearm in a home in Monroe, La., Saturday night. A man was shot and killed while driving in Vallejo, Calif., Saturday afternoon. A 47-year-old man was shot in the chest in his car in the Wynnefield neighborhood ofPhiladelphia, Pa., Saturday night.
A 41-year-old man was shot in the foot in northeast Rochester, N.Y., early Saturday. Joshua Faile, 24, was accidentally shot and critically wounded by his brother at a convenience store in Leesburg, Fla., early Saturday. Enrico Denis, 33, was shot in the neck after causing a disturbance at a home in northwest Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday morning.
Johnny Bryant, 65, was shot and wounded during a home invasion robbery inGoldsboro, N.C., Saturday. Joseph Ronald Boris, 60, was shot and killed inSchuylkill County, Pa., Saturday morning, and his neighbor, Ronald Adam Kozak, 66, was charged in his death. A man was shot and wounded in his front yard following an argument in Mecca, Calif., early Saturday.
A 23-year old man was shot in the head and killed and a 24-year-old man was critically wounded in a car in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, N.Y., early Saturday. That night in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn, a woman was shot in the chest and critically wounded. A man was shot and wounded in the parking lot of an auto parts store in the South Jamaica section of Queens, N.Y., Saturday morning.
A man was killed in a shooting in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, Mass., Saturday night. One person was shot and killed and another person was wounded outside a south Houston, Tex., nightclub early Saturday. Bowie Richard, 21, was shot and killed after a heated exchange outside a bar in Harvey, La., early Saturday.
A man was shot in the buttocks in north Minneapolis, Minn., early Saturday. A man was shot and wounded in Loxahatchee, Fla., Saturday night. Hauson Baltimore-Greene, Jr., 18, a high school student, was shot and killed on the front porch of a home in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday night. A young man was found sitting on the steps outside his home suffering from agunshot wound to the chest in Providence, R.I., Saturday afternoon.
An 18-year-old woman was shot three times and seriously injured when someone at the door to her apartment opened fire in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday night. A 24-year-old woman was accidentally shot by her husband in a hunting accident in Jamestown Township, Mich., Saturday afternoon. A 30-year-old man was shot in the chest by a stray bullet unleashed during a nearby dispute in Holland, Mich., early Saturday.
Two men were shot and wounded during a home invasion robbery in Erie, Pa., early Saturday. A man shot himself in the leg when his gun accidentally discharged in a motel room in west Toledo, Ohio, Saturday evening. A 20-year-old man was shot and wounded while leaving a party in Elgin, Ill., early Saturday. Two people were shot to death in a possible murder-suicide in Paris, Tex., Saturday morning.
A man was shot and wounded during domestic dispute in Cut Bank, Mont., Saturday night. Lt. Daniel Lynch was shot in the leg when his firearm discharged while apprehending two burglary suspects in Melbourne, Fla., Saturday afternoon. A man shot and killed himself in front of police after a rollover car crash in Williamston, S.C., Saturday night.
A man was shot twice during an attempted robbery in Baltimore Saturday night. A man was killed and a woman and another man were injured in ashooting in Pine Bluff, Ark., Saturday evening. Daniel Boone, 28, was found shot to death on a county road west of Aztec, N.M., Saturday night. A man believed to be in his 20s was shot and killed at a house party inArlington, Tex., late Saturday.
Demetrio Ulloa Jr., 29, shot himself in the head with a borrowed .45-caliber handgun at a Los Angeles shooting range Saturday evening. Tyrice Washington, 27, was dropped off at a hospital with fatal gunshot wounds inBeaufort, S.C., Saturday night. Nathan Bradley Maddox, 35, and his wife, Krystal Renee Maddox, 31, were shot to death while leaving a church inTyler, Tex., Saturday afternoon.
One person was shot and seriously injured at an apartment complex inLawrence, Kan., Saturday night. A 17-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man were shot and wounded in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday afternoon.
Sunday:
Jermani Brooks, 5, was shot and killed and her mother was seriously wounded while leaving a friend’s house in Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday night. A 5-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded while he and a 10-year-old cousin played with a gun in Danville, Ill., Sunday afternoon. Stefan Rushing, 13, and his father, Uwe Rushing, 49, were gunned down while watching television in their home in northwest Lawton, Okla., early Monday.
Deandre L. Choice, 15, was found shot to death in an alley in Dayton, Ohio, Sunday afternoon. Raynol Wilson, 16, was shot and killed after being accosted on a sidewalk in Fort Pierce, Fla., Sunday night. A 16-year-old boy was shot and wounded in Louisville, Ky., Monday afternoon. William Dresser, 88, was arrested for shooting his wife in the chest at a rehabilitation center where she was a patient in Carson City, Nev., Sunday morning.
Two men, 63 and 45, were shot in the legs when a San Francisco 49ers fan opened fire after he was taunted following a viewing of the game in a home in southeast Fresno, Calif., Sunday night. After days of feuding on social media, Maylik Watson, 20, was shot in the face and wounded near a Kroger supermarket on the west side of Charleston, W.Va., Sunday afternoon.
Raequan Dupree Rouse, 18, was shot several times and killed inWilmington, N.C., Sunday night. Jermaine Andrus, 28, who was facing an attempted murder charge, was found shot to death in Opelousas, La., Sunday morning. Michael Lyke, 33, who fatally shot another man in self-defense last year, was shot and killed by a man he was trying to collect money from at an apartment complex on the north side of Tulsa, Okla., Sunday afternoon; police believe the shooting was self-defense.
Webstern Stovall was shot in the leg during a domestic dispute with his stepbrother in Altavista, Va., Sunday afternoon. Two men were wounded in two separate shootings in Baltimore Sunday. Damian J. Miller II, 32, wasshot and killed during a fight at Dupont Bar & Grill in Fort Wayne, Ind., early Sunday. Two people were injured in a shooting in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, Calif., Sunday night.
Two brothers in their 30s were shot, one fatally, in a drive-by shooting as they threw a football back and forth in Tampa, Fla., Sunday afternoon. Michael Tavon Tolbert, 22, was shot and killed in the parking lot of Flashbacks Sports Bar & Lounge in Raleigh, N.C., early Sunday. Three people were shot and wounded following an argument on the north side ofMinneapolis, Minn., Sunday afternoon.
Two men and a woman were shot in a liquor store parking lot in Hudson, Wis., Sunday morning. A 23-year-old man was found shot to death on a sidewalk outside a home in Oakley, Calif., Sunday morning. Two men wereshot and killed in a car stopped at an intersection in east Oakland, Calif., Sunday afternoon. One person is in critical condition after a shooting inFlint, Mich., Sunday.
Michelle Y. Ferrell, 42, a homeless woman, was found shot to death on a sidewalk by a pizza delivery driver on the east side of Columbus, Ohio, Sunday night. John Bridgeman, 29, was wounded and Jodeci Meek, 19, was critically wounded in a shooting at a residence in Columbus early Sunday. Two men, 18 and 35, were found shot to death after an apparent home invasion in the South Chicago neighborhood of Chicago Sunday morning.
A 22-year-old man was shot while shoveling snow in the Avalon Park neighborhood of Chicago Sunday morning. Hussein Saghir was shot and killed while attempting to reason with two robbers as he closed his tobacco and food mart near O’Hare International Airport in Chicago Sunday evening. Two men were shot and wounded during a possible robbery at aMiami, Fla., body shop Sunday afternoon.
A 27-year-old man was injured in a shooting in east Charlotte, N.C., Sunday night. A man was shot and seriously wounded during an attempted robbery as he loaded equipment into his pick-up truck in Grand Rapids, Mich., early Sunday. Two men in their 20s or 30s were shot through an apartment window and wounded in South Bend, Ind., Sunday evening.
A man was shot after a fight broke out at a restaurant in Jacksonville, Fla., early Sunday. A man was shot and wounded in the front yard of a home on the west side of Jacksonville Sunday afternoon. Kortlon Trevon Johnson, 19, was shot multiple times and killed at a home in Baker, La., Sunday evening. Joseph Henry Williams, Jr., a 71-year-old church deacon, was caught in the crossfire between two men and killed in Newport News, Va., Sunday afternoon.
A man in his 20s was killed in a car-to-car shooting while stopped at an intersection in Lancaster, Calif., Sunday afternoon. Donna Muller, 49, and her 22-year-old son, Richard Muller, were found shot to death on the second floor of their home in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia Sunday afternoon. A woman was shot in the chest in a road rage incident in west Houston early Sunday.
A 48-year-old woman was shot in the face on the south side of Richmond, Va., early Sunday. A woman was shot in the leg while calling police during a home invasion in Marion, Ind., Sunday afternoon. One man was killed and another was wounded during a shooting following an argument in a restaurant in Fort Bend County, Tex., Sunday night.
Amber Long, 26, was shot in the chest and killed in front of her mother when two men snatched her purse and tried to take her shopping bag steps from their car in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa., Sunday night. A man in his late 30s was shot and killed after arriving home inMontgomery, Ala., Sunday night.
Monday:
Four people were wounded when someone opened fire after being kicked out of a sports bar in Manassas, Va., early Monday. A 16-year-old boy was shotand wounded near Shelby Park in Louisville, Ky., Monday afternoon. A 16-year-old boy showed up at a hospital with gunshot wounds to both legs inLowell, Mass., Monday afternoon.
Kedrick Bowman, 17, was shot in the head and killed in Decatur, Ala., early Monday. A 17 year-old boy was shot while riding his bicycle in Moses Lake, Wash., Monday afternoon. A teenager was shot in the leg and buttocks outside of a Des Moines, Iowa, gas station Monday night. A 19-year-old student was shot while sitting in his car after a basketball game at Widener University Sun Hill section of Chester, Pa., Monday night.
Two men were shot and killed on a street in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, Calif., Monday afternoon. A man accidentally shot himself in the leg in his car during a possible road rage incident on I-4 in Orlando, Fla., Monday morning. Durrell Patrick Law, 20, was shot in the chest and killed at an apartment complex in New Haven, Conn., Monday afternoon.
A 24-year-old man was shot and wounded at a subway station in the Ditmas Park area of Brooklyn, N.Y., Monday afternoon. Hosea Davis, 37, was killed when someone fired at least 16 shots from an assault-style rifle in the Lincoln-Larimer neighborhood of Pittsburgh Monday afternoon. Isaiah Manuel Sampeur, 25, and Pamela Ann Coe, 40, were shot and killed by someone who came to the door of their apartment in Fayetteville, N.C., Monday evening.
Arsenio Brinson, 26, was shot and killed and another man was shot in the legs in St. Petersburg, Fla., Monday night. Kelvin Hunter, 22, was shot and killed after a fight near a restaurant in College Park, Ga., early Monday. Two people were killed, including the gunman, in a shooting following a domestic disturbance in Indian Hills, Colo., late Monday.
Keith Graham, 46, was shot and killed in a home in Charlotte, N.C., Monday evening. A woman was shot and killed in Sun Valley, Nev., Monday morning. One person was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshotwound in a car outside a business in Pensacola, Fla., Monday morning. Tiffany A. Doney, 26, and Robert G. McVicker Jr., 25, were found shot to death in a home in Millersburg, Ohio, Monday morning.
William Moritz, 45, was shot and killed while sitting in a car in Clifton, Ohio, Monday afternoon. Tevin Demetrius Davis, 22, was shot and killed as he walked with a friend along a commercial stretch of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Monday afternoon, and a pair of 19-year-old twins was arrested. A man was shot and seriously wounded following a fight with another man in the parking lot of a club in midtown Houston early Monday.
A man was shot in the shoulder and seriously wounded during a home invasion in Fort Wayne, Ind., Monday night. A 19-year-old man was wounded in a car-to-car shooting after leaving a party at a Ramada hotel in downtown St. Louis, Mo., early Monday. A man was shot and killed while sitting in the driver’s seat of a car in north St. Louis Monday night.
A man was shot in the head near the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in downtownBaltimore early Monday. A 42-year-old man was shot and wounded inRochester, N.Y., Monday evening. A 19-year-old man walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound he said he sustained in an argument inSeattle, Wash., Monday morning. A woman was wounded when someone fired into a home in Greensboro, N.C., early Monday.
A man was found shot to death behind an apartment complex in Orange County, Fla., Monday evening. A man is in critical condition after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Mad River Township, Ohio, Monday night. One person was shot in the arm in a possible gang-related incident outside an apartment complex in east Las Vegas, Nev., Monday afternoon.
A man accidentally shot himself after playing with a gun in North Charleston, S.C., Monday night. A man who was trying to move a loaded shotgun from his house to keep his grandchildren from playing with it was killed when the gun went off accidentally in Oklahoma City, Okla., Monday morning. Corey Brown Jr., 20, was found shot and critically wounded in a parking lot in Atlantic City, N.J., early Monday.
A 31-year-old woman was injured in a prostitution-related shooting on the south side of Milwaukee, Wis., early Monday. A 25-year-old man was shotwith a shotgun after an argument with another man over whose pit bull was better in Thibodaux, La., Monday morning. A man shot and wounded a suspected intruder in a home in Jupiter, Fla., early Sunday.
Two men, 18 and 20, were critically wounded in separate shootingsChicago’s Heart of Chicago and Portage Park neighborhoods Monday. In all, four people were killed and 12 were wounded in shootings in Chicagoover the holiday weekend.
By the way, since the Newtown massacre more than 12,042 people have been killed in gun violence...