this went thru my mind (on violence)


V-for-violenceAbortion: Arkansas Adopts a Ban on Abortions After 12 Weeks

“Arkansas adopted what is by far the country’s most restrictive ban on abortion on Wednesday — at 12 weeks of pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can typically be detected by abdominal ultrasound. … The law contradicts the limit established by Supreme Court decisions, which give women a right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, usually around 24 weeks into pregnancy, and abortion rights groups promised a quick lawsuit to block it.”

Christian faith, influence & violence: National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath

“Places of worship across the nation are asked to participate in the “National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend, March 15-17. Purpose of the observance is twofold: (1) To remember those who have lost their lives to gunfire, and (2) To discuss how communities of faith can work together to help reduce gun violence.”

Gun control: * Study Links Gun Laws and Lower Gun Mortality; * Senators Bearing Arms

* “‘States that have the most laws have a 42% decreased rate of firearm fatalities compared to those with the least laws,’ said Dr. Eric W. Fleegler, an attending physician in pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Those states with the most gun laws saw a 40% reduction in firearm-related homicides and a 37% reduction in firearm-related suicides.”

* “People, do you think Congress is actually going to do anything about gun violence in the wake of the Newtown shootings? Judiciary is going to vote on two big proposals next week: a ban on assault weapons and an expansion of gun purchase background checks. If the Democrats stick together, the bills can pass on a party-line vote. But to go any further, they need Republican support, and there wasn’t a whole lot of it in evidence this week.”

Violent crime: Gun Deaths, Violent Crime Overall are Down in District and U.S., but Reasons are Elusive [required reading]

“… explanations for the nation’s plummeting homicide rate remain elusive, stymieing economists, criminologists, police, politicians and demographers.”

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