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Zimmerman Is Acquitted in Killing of Trayvon Martin – NYTimes.com

Florida justice on trial as the nation watches the justification of profiling and following that led to a senseless killing.

“George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, igniting a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights, was found not guilty late Saturday night of second-degree murder. He was also acquitted of manslaughter …”

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Sunday Coverage of School Shooting Aftermath – NYTimes.com

Adam Lanza’s mental state throws an entire nation into turmoil, anguish and uncertainty.  Will this tragedy prove unacceptable to mainstream Americans?  Will these 20 lost little angels move our collective hearts to reform our mental health system, early screening and intervention and adress access to guns that are for war from our homes, streets, theaters, temples of worship, schools and now elementary schools?

“Two days after the massacre at a school in Newtown, Conn., a shattered community headed off to church in the misty rain, only to have one service interrupted by death threats that forced the evacuation of the …”

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America’s gun laws: Colorado’s dark night | The Economist

IF YOU live in America, you are four times more likely to be murdered than if you live in Britain, almost six times more likely than in Germany, and 13 times more likely than in Japan. These are simple facts on which all can agree; just as it is a simple fact that two-thirds of all murders in America involve guns, whereas in Britain the figure is under 10%. Beyond that, though, there is …

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Trayvon Martin and America’s Gun Laws : The New Yorker

Just after seven-thirty on the morning of February 27th, a seventeen-year-old boy named T. J. Lane walked into the cafeteria at Chardon High School, about thirty miles outside …

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