Despite a claim by President Obama, the only "pattern" with mass shootings is the predictable response to such tragedies by the president: stricter gun control.
Only days after he told reporters that he had Mayor Rahm Emanuel's full support, Chicago police chief Garry McCarthy has been fired by the mayor. Emanuel announced the dismissal of McCarthy at a Tuesday morning press conference, saying that McCarthy was "only as effective as the trust in him," adding, "Now is the time for fresh eyes and leadership."
The National Fraternal Order of Police asked the NFL to lift its ban on fans carrying guns to games, asserting that the ban “weakens safety and security.” The NFL, however, has elected to maintain its policy.
Race and politics are dividing factors in far too many issues that are not primarily about race or politics. Police shootings are no exception. In fact — as the Chicago police shooting of 17 year old Laquan McDonald shows — police shootings are prime examples of race and politics being used to divide communities and blur the lines of truth that would otherwise be clear.
Concerns by some administrators and students about students being allowed to carry on campus is much ado about nothing: Crime will decline while carrying concealed becomes commonplace.
A background check, no matter how rigorous, would never have picked up Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear and kept him from purchasing and using a firearm.
Agendas were in full public display following the massacre of innocents at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. Nothing was mentioned about the massacre of countless unborn innocents there every week.
About 2,000 protesters descended on The Magnificent Mile — a major shopping area in Chicago — on Black Friday to protest the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The protest, which was largely peaceful, disrupted businesses on the biggest shopping day of the year. The most common slogans chanted by the protesters were, "13 months, 16 shots" and "Stop the cover up, 16 shots." There were demands for police reform and the "demilitarization" of the Chicago Police Department.
Exactly 400 days after Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, killing him, Chicago police released a video of the shooting. On the same day, Tuesday, Cook County prosecutor Anita Alvarez also charged the police officer with first degree murder.