President Obama and other prominent politicians are calling for greater gun control in the wake of the Charleston church shootings.

The current surveillance state has reached a place where it is beginning to resemble the 2002 film Minority Report. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now attempting to predict crime by doing behavioral analysis of crowds at airports via video surveillance. The program is in the experimental stages and is being conducted using "trained actors posing as passengers, as well as members of the traveling public," according to the 14-page report published online by DHS earlier this month.

A shooter identified by the FBI as Dylann Storm Roof of Columbia, South Carolina, walked into a Wednesday night Bible study class at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 17 and allegedly opened fire, killing the pastor, the Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, and eight church members. Pinckney was also a member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing Senate District 45 as a Democrat.

 

Senator Mike Lee and Representative Raúl Labrador have proposed bills protecting the right of individuals and groups to oppose same-sex "marriage."

The Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on the primary source of trans fats in processed foods, effective in three years.