-By Ashley Fantz
April 17, 2013- Almost a year ago, 8-year-old Martin Richard wrote four simple words on a sign at school.
"No more hurting people," it said.
For the camera, he held up the bright blue sign decorated with hearts framing the word "Peace."
It's a photograph that many find difficult to look at Tuesday as they struggle to comprehend the violence that took Martin's life. On Monday, the boy and his family were watching the Boston Marathon near the finish line when two bombs exploded just off Copley Square in the heart of the city.
The grade-schooler was killed, authorities said.
Martin's mother, Denise, and his sister were grievously injured, The Boston Globe reported.
-By Josh Levs and Monte Plott
April 15, 2013- Two bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, turning a celebration into a bloody scene of destruction.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said Monday night that the death toll had risen to three. Scores were injured at the scene.
One of the dead was an 8-year-old boy, according to a state law enforcement source.
Hospitals reported at least 144 people are being treated, with at least 17 of them in critical condition and 25 in serious condition. At least eight of the patients are children.
At least 10 people injured had limbs amputated, according to a terrorism expert briefed on the investigation.
SPLC: New Report: Radical antigovernment movement continues explosive growth; SPLC urges government to review resources devoted to domestic terrorism
March 5, 2013- The number of conspiracy-minded antigovernment “Patriot” groups on the American radical right reached an all-time high in 2012, the fourth consecutive year of powerful growth by a movement that is becoming increasingly militant as President Obama enters his second term and Congress debates gun control measures, according to a report issued today by the SPLC.
In a letter today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the SPLC warned of the potential for domestic terrorism and urged the creation of a new interagency task force to assess the adequacy of federal resources devoted to the threat.
Blogged by Jason on Americans Against the Tea Party
February 26, 2013- Here we go again, with another “isolated” incident of violent Tea Party threats against a liberal public official who is trying to reduce gun violence in her state. Colorado’s state legislature adopted four gun-control measures earlier this month, two of which were sponsored by Representative Fields. One requires universal background checks on all firearms purchases in the state, and the other limits ammunition magazines to 8 rounds for handguns and 15 rounds for larger firearms.
-By Michael Meurer
February 22, 2013- After the mass murder of 20 children and 6 teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, by a disturbed 20-year-old on December 14, 2012, the dominant media narrative quickly turned into a national debate about gun control. As necessary and important as this debate is in a nation with over 270 million guns in private hands, we need to dig deeper for root causes. In the avalanche of reporting aimed at understanding the Newtown killer's motive, little attention has been paid to the idea that the killer may be a harbinger of the corrosive effects of new underlying changes in human nature, and that these changes may be shaped by the dehumanizing tendencies of advanced capitalism in an age of abstract financialization and social media.