Peter Lanza, the father of mass murderer Adam Lanza, who killed 28 people including himself and his mother in the infamous December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., has publicly broken his silence for the first time since the incident and says he wished his son had never been born.
The elder Lanza opened up about how the incident has affected him in a report in The New Yorker, explaining it was about six months after the shooting before the reality of what happened dawned on him. He's still trying to make sense of it.
Growing up "on the wrong side of the tracks" in Cincinnati, I experienced some of the racial crimes committed – blacks on whites; whites on blacks. But what was most concerning were the heinous acts of violence that involved black perpetrators on black victims, especially involving black men.
The murder of young black men is not an uncommon occurrence. During the first two weeks of this year, fourteen people were murdered in Baltimore, Maryland, an average of one murder a day in a city of just over 600,000 people. By the end of the month, the count had reached 27. Last year, there were 234 murders in Baltimore, and the overwhelming majority of the victims were African American.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between eight and nine thousand African Americans are murdered each year. Of course crimes where a black is murdered by a non-black-as in the slayings of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis-receive the most media attention. But in fact, more than 90 percent of black murder victims are killed by other blacks. Unsurprisingly, most killings are related to drugs or gang activity. more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – A panel on marijuana legalization led to a spirited debate on the social costs of drug use and the drug war at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.
"Marijuana makes people dumber, do we really need more dumb people right now?" asked Chris Beach, executive producer of Bill Bennett's show "Morning in America." Beach passionately argued that the effort to crack down on marijuana and other drugs is worth the cost to taxpayers. He insisted that America is falling behind in terms of education and "I don't think it's going to help us catch up to legalize marijuana."
Mary Katharine Ham, editor-at-large of HotAir.com and winner of CPAC's "Blogger of the Year" award, vehemently declared that the drug war is not worth the social and economic costs, especially to minority youth. "The weed itself is less damaging than the criminal justice system can be to a young person, certainly of low economic status," Ham told CP in an interview following the panel. more >>
Neighbors of a Tampa, Fla., man flagged down a police officer in their neighborhhod after allegedly catching 57-year-old Bernard Marsonek in a sex act with a pit bull in his yard Wednesday.
A report in the Huffington Post said Marsonek's neighbors called the police after he ignored repeated requests to stop abusing the dog.
By the time police arrived on the scene a small crowd had gathered at Marsonek's home, according to WPTV. Officers then tried interviewing him and he was uncooperative. A search of his home by police revealed that he had a gun and ammunition. more >>
The only thing remotely religious about the Project ROSE program that seeks to rehabilitate sex workers in Arizona is that it is hosted by the Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix. It is also completely voluntary.
Recent media reports on the three year old project that was conceived through a partnership between the Arizona State University School of Social Work, the Phoenix Police Department and a number of other public and private agencies, however, have painted a different picture.
"Project ROSE is a Phoenix city program that arrests sex workers in the name of saving them. In five two-day stings, more than 100 police officers targeted alleged sex workers on the street and online," charged a VICE report. more >>
Christianity student and children's minister, Charles Pittman, 21, who was charged with the murder of his 21-year-old fiancée after he allegedly tried to make her death look like a suicide, has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation by a Tennessee judge.
The Christian Post reported last month that Pittman was suspended by his church after he was arrested for the murder his fiancée, Olivia Greenlee, who he was supposed to wed in August.
The couple were both seniors at Union University in Tennessee where Pittman was a Christian ministries major and Greenlee majored in music education. They lived separately off campus. more >>