When was the last time you heard “Thou shalt not kill” or “Love thy neighbor as thyself” spoken by a politician, or media personality, or teacher, or even religious leader?

Why did this happen?  This is the question everyone asks when horrific events occur like those in Dayton and El Paso.  This is partly a search for a solution and partly a search for some semblance of control.  We hate to think that these killers cannot be identified and their crimes cannot be prevented.  But I’m not sure we really want to know the answer.

After the Las Vegas shooting last year, the New York Times published a piece, Mass Shooters Are All Different. Except for One Thing: Most Are Men.  I don’t take the NYT’s word for anything, so I decided to look into this.  Are there really no significant common factors for mass shooters?  I didn’t want to spend my time investigating the killers individually, so I did a very quick survey of reports on the topic.  (A number of these are summarized, briefly but well, at Statista.  You can also find data via FBI crime statistics and various Justice Department sources.)

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This morning, President Trump addressed the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. 

C-SPAN has the transcript of the President’s full remarks here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?463254-1/president-trump-condemns-racism-bigotry-white-supremacy-mass-shootings&live=

 

 

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80% of Mexico Is Controlled by Cartels

The map above, prepared by the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), shows that 80 percent of the country’s 266 districts recently targeted for enforcement by the Mexican National Guard in a new counter-cartel operation are either controlled (57.5 percent) or disputed (23.3 percent) by the cartels. All of the major cities and all of the main border crossing areas in Mexico are no longer considered by the Mexican government to be under their control.  Of course, the Cartels make their money primarily by smuggling drugs and people into the US.  You can read more details here.

Today Attorney General William Barr testified before the US Senate.  Ranking Member Senator Dianne Feinstein asked the Attorney General about whether President Trump obstructed justice by asking for Robert Mueller to be removed during private conversations with White House staff.

“If the President is being falsely accused, which the evidence now suggests the accusations against him were false and he knew they were false, and he felt that this investigation was unfair, propelled by his political opponents and was hampering his ability to government. That is not a corrupt motive for replacing an independent counsel,” Barr said.

A summary and link to the full Mueller Report, finding no evidence of collusion or obstruction, is available here.

 

 

The unemployment rate among those with a high school education is 3.9 percent. The poorest quintile of Americans have seen their post-tax incomes increase 80 percent since 1979, according to Congressional Budget Office data, and post-tax and transfer income for that quintile has skyrocketed 32 percent since 2000. The upper-middle class in America constituted 13 percent of the population in 1979; as of 2014, it constituted 30 percent. According to Pew Research from 2015, when it comes to standard of living, “The U.S. stands head and shoulders above the rest of the world. More than half (56 percent) of Americans were high income by the global standard … and 2 percent were poor.” – Ben Shapiro, The Ungrateful Nation

The overall crime rate for 2018, meanwhile, is projected to fall by 2.9 percent compared to 2017. “If this estimate holds, this group of cities will experience the lowest crime rate this year since at least 1990,” – German Lopez, So far this year, crime and murder are trending down in America’s biggest cities

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.  – Read The Bill of Rights (Constitutional Amendments 1-10) courtesy National Center for Constitutional Studies