America’s Gun Violence Problem Spiraled Out Of Control Long Ago, And We Just Don’t Care

The latest national news story involving gun violence comes from Smith Mountain Lake, about 90 miles from where I grew up in Virginia. This morning, two employees of the TV station WDBJ7 were shot during a live broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza, apparently by a disgruntled ex-employee who I will not name here. WDBJ7 photographer Adam […]

Former Gang Members and Police Work Together to Reduce Homicides in Chicago Neighborhood (Video)

While there’s a lot of debate in this country over racism, gun violence, police interaction with African-Americans and how all of this ties together, I really don’t see a whole lot of actual meaningful discussions taking place. Sure, there are plenty of people who are highly vocal about how they feel about these particular issues, […]

4 Solutions To Chicago Gun Violence

We’ve talked a lot here about the root problems of Chicago gun violence over the last couple weeks. As progressives, though, I believe it’s our job to not only look at some of the problems in society, but to listen to those impacted by the problems, to analyze, and then strategize for plans to move forward together […]

Chicago Gun Violence Myths 3: Arrest the Druggies!

Rahm Emanuel was notably absent from a vigil for 11 year old Shamiya Adams, shot in an apartment during a sleepover with friends this weekend in Garfield Park, Chicago. T0 be frank, I can understand him not wanting to go; residents are restless and they blame Rahm for much of the violence. I can also […]

Chicago Gun Violence Myths, Part 2: Roland Martin and the National Guard

Roland Martin – the commentator most known for being the ascot-wearing guy on CNN – fired up the old computer box to tell Daily Beast readers that Chicago – aka “Chiraq”  – is “being lost” – which is news to Chicagoans. We’re right here and not going anywhere. In efforts to find us, I suppose, Martin says every option is on the […]

Ripping Apart the Chicago Gun Violence Myths, Part 1: Racism

It seems that whenever there’s a spate of new gun violence in Chicago, automatically every person who has ever heard of the city yet never lived here – let alone in the neighborhoods where these shootings are predominately happening – calls for more blood and/or becomes an expert on what’s wrong in my city. The Wall […]