Today’s buzz features more on the Dallas shootings and RBG’s thoughts on a possible Trump presidency. I can’t get enough of the Olympic Trials, so you get to enjoy it along with me in today’s buzz!
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Dallas Has Been Called A Leader In Police Training, Transparency: The morning after a gunman targeted and killed five law enforcement officers, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings called it “ironic” that his city was the target of the worst police loss-of-life since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
More police officers die on the job in states with more guns: Five police officers were killed and seven others were wounded this week by sniper fire in Dallas, in what has become the deadliest day for the nation’s law enforcement officers since 9/11. Texas has long had a strong gun culture, with the state’s gun laws among the country’s least restrictive according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. But late last year, researchers at Harvard and elsewhere discovered an alarming fact: Police officers are much more likely to be killed in the line of duty in states with high rates of gun ownership.
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Dallas Shootings Were ‘Vicious’ and ‘Despicable,’ Obama Says: President Obama on Friday deplored the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas, saying there was “no possible justification” for such a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.”
In An Apparent First, Police Used A Robot To Kill: After sniper fire struck 12 police officers at a rally in downtown Dallas, killing five, police cornered a single suspect in a parking garage. After a prolonged exchange of gunfire and a five-hour-long standoff, police made what experts say was an unprecedented decision: to send in a police robot, jury-rigged with a bomb.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: ‘I don’t want to think about’ Trump as president: For Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the reality that Donald Trump could be elected president is one that she wants to ignore. “I don’t want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs,” Ginsburg told The Associated Press in an interview published Friday, conducted the previous day, in which the 83-year-old liberal justice suggested that she sees Hillary Clinton as the next president.
The horrific, predictable result of a widely armed citizenry: The killings in Dallas are one more reminder that guns are central, not accessory, to the American plague of violence. They were central fifty-plus years ago, when a troubled ex-Marine had only to send a coupon to a mail-order gun house in Chicago to get a military rifle with which to kill John F. Kennedy—that assassin-sniper also fired from a Dallas building onto a Dallas street. They are central now, when the increased fetishism of guns and carrying guns has made such horrors as last night’s not merely predictable but unsurprising. The one thing we can be sure of, after we have mourned the last massacre, is that there will be another. You wake up at three in the morning, check the news, and there it is.
Three Terrible Days of Violence: In a single week, we have seen the spectacle of two black men killed by police and five police officers gunned down at a rally that was being held in response to those deaths. On Thursday, President Obama spoke of the incidents in Baton Rouge and Minnesota, saying, “When incidents like this occur, there’s a big chunk of our citizenry that feels as if, because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same, and that hurts, and that should trouble all of us. This is not just a black issue, not just a Hispanic issue. This is an American issue that we all should care about.” Less than twenty-four hours later, he released a statement calling the shooting of eleven police in Dallas a “vicious, despicable, calculated attack upon law enforcement.” What began as a lethargic return to work following a holiday has devolved into an American crucible.
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‘This Is on My Generation of Leaders,’ Says Dallas Mayor: Mike Rawlings bluntly invoked the legacy of racism in speaking about recent violence by and against police.
Man accused of pulling gun on Portland protesters was armed with multiple magazines of ammo, prosecutor says: Michael Strickland, the 36-year-old man accused of pulling a gun on Don’t Shoot PDX protesters marching outside Portland’s Justice Center, had a round in the chamber of the loaded handgun he swept in front of the crowd and five other magazines of ammunition on him Thursday night, according to court records.
JetBlue plans Atlanta flights in ‘17: The New York-based low-cost carrier has long been missing from the world’s busiest airport. But JetBlue last week sent a letter of interest to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, saying it plans to renew service to Atlanta in September 2017.