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Developers to propose downtown project with conference center, hotel and high-rise condos

Same old song, privatize the profits and socialize the costs. Meanwhile, the rich get richer. Maybe the city could demand an equity share in the profit side, run the money through the Community Fund to social service non-profits.

December 11, 2017 at 10:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Orman launches bid for Kansas governor

What a glorious Christmas present for Kris Kobach.

December 6, 2017 at 10:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

At least 59 killed, 527 wounded as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert; worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history

Brock.. FYI.

Wichita Eagle, Feb 24, 2015

Guns that were seized as part of crimes will be sold by the city of Wichita for the first time.

A new state law requires cities to give the weapons to law enforcement or sell them, with the exception of guns that have been involved in homicides or are in poor condition.

More than 200 guns, of various makes and models, will be available on BudsGunShop.com for purchase by licensed firearm dealers, said Elizabeth Harlenske, assistant city attorney.

“Historically, we destroyed them to keep them from going back on the street,” said Sharon Dickgrafe, interim city attorney.

October 2, 2017 at 3:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

At least 59 killed, 527 wounded as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert; worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history

Limiting games and movies sounds like a good idea to me.

October 2, 2017 at 1:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

At least 59 killed, 527 wounded as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert; worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history

Some solutions.

Treat guns like cars. Require licensure, insurance and periodic demonstrations of competency.

Increase liability on gun owners. Should any gun be used in crime or contribute to accidental death, the gun owner (purchaser) should be required to prove that reasonable actions were taken to prevent theft or misuse.

Incentivize the development of "safe guns" by removing the above-noted liabilities on such weapons. See NYT article on the gun industry/cultures war against such common sense ideas.

Increase liability on gun manufacturers for such things as providing their product to gun shops that are known to be pipelines to gangs, etc. Read the NYT article on this practice. And upon those manufacturers who sell accessories -- such as expanded clips or modification kits -- used in criminal activities.

Allow the CDC to consider gun violence as a health hazard. Allow police departments to destroy confiscated guns.

Require that all gun training include interviews -- taped or real -- with people who have been involved in the gun death of a loved one, either accidentally or through neglect.

Require gun-glorifying games and movies to intercut a segment showing actual gun wounds on actual people. Hint: it's not as cute as Hollywood makes it out to be.

Shall I go on?

I know, I know, "the Constitution." Someone said that we need a "Statue of Responsibility" off the west coast. To remind "liberty" people that there needs to be a balance.

October 2, 2017 at 12:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

At least 59 killed, 527 wounded as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert; worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history

Refusing to look at guns responsibly is thwarting meaningful solutions.

October 2, 2017 at 11:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

At least 59 killed, 527 wounded as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert; worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history

From the Associated Press:The FBI says the shooter who killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others at a Las Vegas concert had no connection to an international terrorist group.

October 2, 2017 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

5 people shot in downtown Lawrence; 3 dead

Nice pivot! "Let's stop focusing on guns." You may be right. Let's focus on bullets, instead.

Just Released from KU Public Affairs.

Information about shell casings found near Strong Hall

Earlier today, approximately 20 used shell casings were found in the bushes outside Strong Hall. KU Public Safety retrieved the shell casings and have found no indications a weapon was fired anywhere near Strong Hall. At this time, it is believed these shell casings were deposited by a person or persons wishing to make a statement.

The shell casings have been collected and do not pose a threat to health or safety.

October 2, 2017 at 11:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

5 people shot in downtown Lawrence; 3 dead

Gun brothers! Please, let's stay on script. This was, no doubt, a "responsible gun owner" exercising "2nd Amendment Rights" and "standing their ground" in order to make this "a more polite society."

What difference does it make where they come from? The NRA welcomes all.

October 1, 2017 at 2:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police investigating shooting death of 1-year-old girl in northern Lawrence as 'accidental'

Right out of the NRA playbook.
1, Attempt to vilify anyone who thinks a 1 year old's life is more valuable than the gun that killed her.
2. Demand that people withhold judgment until the facts are gathered.
3. Ignore the facts.
4. Repeat as necessary.
5. Repeat as necessary.
6. Repeat ad nauseam.
I think about the thugs shooting up our town. One thing is certain. They have an overblown sense of entitlement and an underdeveloped understanding of responsibility. Same for the NRA and its apologists.

September 23, 2017 at 9:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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