Violence in America: Drug War Policy is the Problem, Not Guns
President Barack Obama has reignited the gun debate by announcing a series of executive actions with the intent of curbing gun violence. To critics, Obamaâ€™s announcement is simply a mistake. To others, executive actions are sideshows, distracting the country from the actual problems tied to violence.
Despite the criticism, former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says sheâ€™s â€œproudâ€ of Obama. To the Democrat, more must be done in order to â€œeliminate all the threats as much as possible.â€
Included with the executive actions are new requirements concerning background checks for guns bought from dealers online and at gun shows. The president also wants to upgrade the background check technology that would help federal officials track stolen weapons.
But despite the presidentâ€™s passionate rhetoric, unregulated private sales usually benefit individuals who are prevented from owning guns but who are not necessarily purchasing weapons to commit crimes.
Read more about the failed war on drugs here.
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Supreme Court Ignores Privacy Groupâ€™s Request to Disclose DHSâ€™s Cellphone Shutdown Policy
Do you think the Department of Homeland Security keeps us safe? What about the Supreme Court? Do you believe it upholds the Constitution as it should?
Recently, a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center demanding the DHS to release its plan to close mobile phone services in the wake of disasters was set aside by the Supreme Court.
With the snub, the highest court of the land refused to look at the federal appeals courtâ€™s May ruling that upholds the secrecy surrounding DHSâ€™s plan. If the ruling remains in place, DHS officers are not required to disclose details concerning Standard Operating Procedure 303, which outlines the guidelines that private and commercial wireless networks are required to follow during the service shutdown and restoration processes in the event of what the DHS describes as a â€œnational crisis.â€
The appeals court used the Freedom of Information Act to keep the DHS from disclosing the plan in May, claiming that allowing details from SPP 303 to become public would put the safety of Americans at risk.
The factor that prompted the privacy group to act involved a full shutdown of cellphone service in the San Francisco Bay Area subway system during what EPIC calls a peaceful protest back in 2011.
Read more about DHS's cellphone shutdown here.