Thoughts for today, #180 …. “Biggest Concern”!!


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~~June 21, 2015~~ 

11 essential facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States

America is a land of guns

It was true when twelve people died in Aurora, Colo., when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater. It was true when a gunman killed 27 people, including 20 children, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. And it remains true this morning, as police search for the gunman who is accused of killing nine people at an historic African American church in Charleston, S.C.

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Shooting sprees are not rare in the United States

Gun ownership in the United States is declining overall, but nearly a third of households still have a gun

Active shooter events have become more common in recent years

Of the 12 deadliest shootings in the United States, six have happened from 2007 onward

America is an unusually violent country But we’re not as violent as we used to be

The South is the most violent region in the United States

More guns tend to mean more homicide

States with stricter gun control laws have fewer deaths from gun-related violence

Gun control, in general, has not been politically popular — and its popularity has been declining lately

While general gun control isn’t that popular, particular policies are

Shootings don’t tend to substantially affect views on gun control

“As it appears … full read/full credit”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/18/11-essential-facts-about-guns-and-mass-shootings-in-the-united-states/

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At the end of the day …. “Let’s End Homeless Hate Laws”!!


HomeLMeme

~~June 17, 2015~~ 

Manteca, CA made it illegal to set up shelter anywhere outside – and even went as far as make it illegal to pick food or recyclables out of the trash!

Fort Lauderdale policed repeatedly cited 90-year-old Arnold Abbott for feeding hungry people in public. In Oahu, it is illegal to sit or lie in a number of public areas. These types of laws are common in cities throughout the United States, but do nothing to address the root causes of incarceration.

Diversion programs work better than incarceration – for everyone. In cities like Seattle, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City, we see that successful solutions are a viable option to help end serious social problems. These services alter the course of people’s lives in a positive way and save taxpayers huge amounts of money. We cannot continue to isolate and imprison people who suffer from mental illness, substance abuse, or homelessness. We must treat them with compassion and care to better serve our communities and our pocketbooks.

It’s time we got serious about pulling our money out of incarceration and putting it into systems that foster healthy communities. Hundreds of thousands of people are locked up not because of any dangerous behavior, but because of problems like mental illness, substance use disorders, and homelessness, which should be dealt with outside the criminal justice system. Services like drug treatment and affordable housing cost less and can have a better record of success.

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~~GALLERY~~

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This summer, news stories from around the nation provided the American people with a litany of issues about how police officers respond to community members. By highlighting programs like Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), and Housing First, OverCriminalized explores the possibility of ending incarceration for millions of Americans who, through successful intervention programs, can put their lives back on track.

OverCriminalized focuses on the people who find themselves being trafficked through this nation’s criminal justice system with little regard for their humanity and zero prospects for actual justice.

They are victims of unwillingness to invest in solving major social problems, and the consequent handling off of that responsibility to the police, the courts, and the prisons. They are the mentally ill, the homeless, and the drug addicted. Sometimes they are all three.

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~~SOURCE~~ 

http://www.bravenewfilms.org/

http://www.bravenewfilms.org/overcriminalized

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~~Let’s End Homeless Hate Laws~~

BRAVE NEW FILMS: JUSTICE

~~Published on Dec 8, 2014~~

Homeless Hate Laws are spreading throughout the country.

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Quick facts on over criminalization:

Approximately 20 % of state prisoners and 21 % of local jail detainees have a “recent history” of a mental health condition.

Approximately 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

In 2012, it was estimated that 23.1 million Americans needed treatment for problems that related to drugs or alcohol.

Pew Research finds that 67% of Americans say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for those who use illegal drugs such as heroin or cocaine. Just 26% think the government’s focus should be on prosecuting users of such hard drugs.

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