They Recorded 125 Phone Calls. What They Found Made My Stomach Turn.

When it comes to stuff like this, it’s probably best to have some scruples.

Here’s an article that explains how this loophole works, citing specific examples of how it can go horribly wrong. And this post, in which the author conducted an abbreviated version of the same experiment, boils the problem down to this punchy analogy:

“Requiring background checks in some places but not others is like locking three of your car doors, leaving one unlocked, and expecting that car to be secure.”

Universal background checks are sounding pretty reasonable about now, eh?

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These Kids Walk Some Scary Streets Every Day. A Former Gang Member Gives Them A Place To Feel Safe.

These kids in Chicago are basically living in a war zone and hear gunfire outside of their bedrooms as they fall asleep. In America, we can do better.

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This Lovely Norwegian Town Exposes The Public To Murderers, Rapists, And Child Molesters

Here’s how one Norwegian prison creates a community of respect instead of one of degradation and fear. Watch the effect it has on the prisoners.

FACT CHECK TIME: The video claims that Norway’s murder rate is the lowest in the world. While murder rates fluctuate, Norway’s is usually just slightly higher than a small handful of other countries.

By the way, its slightly-higher-than-the-lowest-murder-rate rate is about a fifth of the U.S.’s.

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Think Border Security Is Just For Immigrants? Watch How It's Affecting Americans.

We all have different opinions on immigration reform. I want undocumented immigrants to stay, some of you might not. That’s OK — we’re allowed to disagree!

But if you’re pitching your vote for tighter border security, you’d at least better know what “tighter border security” will mean for you and your fellow American citizens.

Because if “tighter border security” means that we can be stopped and pulled over at random? I’m not sure I want to be part of that.

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If You Hadn't Heard Of This Little Girl Either, Ask Yourself Why That Is

I don’t recall seeing national outrage when this happened. I feel like these cases are too often lost, forgotten, or ignored, and that’s why I am so glad J. Cole brought this little girl and her tragic story back into our consciousness.

Watch it, and then read the recap below.

This video is a dramatization. Here’s what happened:

At nearly 1 a.m. on May 16, 2010, on an unlit street in the East Side of Detroit, a Special Response Team (Detroit Police Department’s version of a SWAT team) raided a duplex in search of a murder suspect. A single shot was fired from an officer’s submachine gun. It struck and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones. She was 7 years old.

You have to ask yourself whether the 25-year trend of outfitting our police forces with the tools and mentality of an invading army is really worth this type of casualty.

Special thanks to the unofficial poet laureate of Detroit, Charlie LeDuff, for crucial background. If you want to fall down the rabbit hole of the American police state, Radley Balko‘s report is essential reading.

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WATCH: Hyper-Pro-Gun Activist's Argument Gets Destroyed By Smart Lady's Calm Decency

I LOL’d when he suggests that equipping teachers (who, apparently, are all bestowed with ninja-style reflexes as part of their inherent genetic make-up) with guns is an actual, realistic, rational solution to gun violence. 

What’s your favorite part?

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