There have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. That equals an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week.
Courtesy of the Washington Post. This map is of the cities where the 74 shootings place. Note: Blue markers represent incidents in 2014; red markers are for incidents from 2013.
Those numbers are unbearable to write. How is it possible that we’ve watch this unfold weekly and nothing has changed. Perhaps you’ve seen on Facebook the bullet proof backpack or blanket you can buy your child. That’s right, to be a good parent you might have to buy …read more
Jamaica has had a 40% drop in its murder rate from 2009 to 2013. There are many events that may have attributed to this drop: a major drug lord arrest; an emphasis on community police, violence reduction and combating corruption; and replacing leaded gasoline with unleaded. Wait, unleaded gasoline? That’s right. From 1990-2000, Jamaica started to phase out leaded gasoline, which leads some to believe that the beneficial impact of youth with lower levels of lead poisoning is just beginning.
Leaded gas which has been banned in the US since 1995, one of TIME’s 50 worst inventions, has been linked …read more
Source: Amnesty International
Amnesty International recently released their annual report on the countries with the most executions. With 43 total executions in 2012 the USA ranked 5th this year on Amnesty’s list for the worst offenders. Who else is on this cringe-worthy list? At the top is China followed by Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. This is the company we keep.
This year Maryland made major strides when the death penalty was abolished. However, there are still 32 states that utilize the death penalty.
Source: Death Penalty Information Center
Why should we join the enlightened world …read more