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Pakistani mother arrested for burning daughter alive for ‘honour killing’

Pakistani mother arrested for burning daughter alive for ‘honour killing’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A Pakistani woman was arrested on Wednesday after dousing her daughter with kerosene and burning her alive, allegedly because the girl had defied her family to marry a man she was in love with, polic
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Women do not belong to their families; they are not chattel; they should never be seen as disposable property. But then, I am the product of the modern world and not a believer in the barbarism that too often passes itself as religion. 
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Jewish woman detained for taking Torah scroll to Western Wall in Jerusalem - The Boston Globe

Jewish woman detained for taking Torah scroll to Western Wall in Jerusalem - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM — Israeli police briefly detained a leader of a Jewish women’s rights group on Tuesday for bringing a Torah scroll to the Western Wall, signaling a resumption of the battle over rituals at the holy site here.
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I want to remind people that ridiculous sexist attitudes are part of traditional Islam but also of Judaism. Of course, in Catholicism and the Orthodox there are also restrictions on who can play what sacramental roles. At lease, in the US, we may actually have a woman president in the near future. There are many issues in the world that really matter. For me the question of who brings a parchment scroll to an archeological site really isn't one of them. However, the role of ultra-orthodox Jews in the policies of Israel is. Many of these same rabbis stand in the way of peace in the region, a peace that would recognize a Palestinian state and seek reasonable accommodation, especially in Jerusalem. 
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A major Native American site is being looted. Will Obama risk armed conflict to save it?

A major Native American site is being looted. Will Obama risk armed conflict to save it? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The president and Republican lawmakers debate how to protect the Utah land known as the Bears Ears.
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There needs to be a plan that recognizes that the Euro-American history in the area is also important and unique and that the legitimate economic desires of local residents are considered, which doesn't mean creating a tourism economy. The real problem is figuring out what that economy will include. Mineral extraction has a limited possibility especially since most of the local Euro-Americans really aren't interested in mining and the like so it would mean bringing in outsiders and causing exactly the change that the protestors abhor. Ranching is very limited. I've travelled through that area and there is little range. Looting is one industry, but it certainly can't be allowed anymore than poaching is a sustainable industry elsewhere in the world. The only thing that is clear is the strange and lonely beauty of the area and its archeological value. What to do? How about creating a federal-state-local partnership commission to work for the long term growth and wellbeing of the area. Funded by the federal government and empowered to protect the antiquities but at the same time limited by the state and involving local participation in planning. It would be a new way, but one that recognizes the unusual history of Utah. This is a state that actually was created out of the need by a group to differentiate itself from the rest of America, and that spirit of Mormon exceptionalism runs deep. 
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Meet Sultana, the Taliban’s Worst Fear

Meet Sultana, the Taliban’s Worst Fear | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An Afghan girl’s hunger for knowledge is stronger than the threat of an acid attack.
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What happened to the theocratic views of the New England Puritans? They founded schools and their children began to think. Theocracy fell before the onslaught of rationality and humanism. That is the only way theocratic thinking is ever defeated, by educating the young. Are there risks to letting young people from Islamic countries into ours? Yes; there may well be some terrorists and some may be alienated by the enormity of the change from home to America. BUT, if we do not offer young people the future that can be theirs, we will leave power in the hands of traditions and would be holy men. 

Even more upsetting is the propensity of the American government to welcome with open arms the militaristic scions of dictators. Happily we train them to use weapons. How much better to equip minds with the tools to make the world a better one. 
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Some officials worry about briefing Trump, fearing spilled secrets

Some officials worry about briefing Trump, fearing spilled secrets | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some U.S. intelligence officials are concerned that Donald Trump's "shoot from the hip" style could pose national security risks as they prepare to give him a routine pre-election briefing once he is formally anointed as the Republican presidential nominee.
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How have we sunk to a point where there are legitimate concerns about briefing either of the top presidential contenders? Clearly, this shows that something is wrong with how our political system is dysfunctioning. I am very concerned for the future of America, and hope that we can turn this ship of state around before we grind on the shoals. 
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Father who had daughter marry her rapist sentenced to jail

Father who had daughter marry her rapist sentenced to jail | Upsetment | Scoop.it
ST. ANTHONY, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man will spend about four months in jail for taking his 14-year-old daughter to Missouri to marry a 24-year-old man who raped and impregnated her. The father pleaded guilty to injury to a child last week, and a judge put him behind bars for 120 days and ordered four years of supervised probation, the Idaho State Journal reported. "I would note that the 120 days is approximately how long this vile farce of a marriage lasted," Seventh District Judge Gregory Moeller told him at the sentencing. "While you sit in jail, you will sit and think about the 120 days your daughter was in a vile farce of a marriage to a rapist because of you." The Associated Press does not generally identify victims of sexual abuse and is withholding the name of the father and man involved in the marriage to avoid identifying the girl. The father believed that a man should marry a girl he gets pregnant and picked a state where 14-year-olds can legally wed, according to court documents. He told the judge that he loved his daughter and would never intentionally harm her but acknowledged making a bad decision. "Clearly, your daughter underwent great bodily harm based on some of your choices," Moeller told the girl's father. The girl and the man lived together for four months. The teen miscarried, and when she returned to Idaho, her mother filed for an annulment, officials said. The 24-year-old was sentenced in April to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony rape. He must serve three years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole.
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Now here's a story to make you sick to your stomach. It surely makes a case for retroactive abortion. Clearly the world would be a better place without either this father or the rapist. Stepmom doesn't sound to good either. 
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The World Reaps What the Saudis Sow

The World Reaps What the Saudis Sow | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia has spent heavily to promote the radical form of Islam that inspired 9/11 and now inflames the Islamic State. Tiny Kosovo is a victim.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
There is one thing missing in this otherwise excellent editorial from the New York Times. It is disingenuous to claim that we don't know why the extreme Islamic views emanating from Saudi Arabia have gone unchecked. The oil industry has pushed for the preeminence of the Saudis in our foreign policy, and the American foreign policy error which that same industry helped to create in Iran has hampered the natural competition between Iran and Saudi Arabia, a competition that might have kept the Saudis in check. So, while George W. Bush walked hand in hand with the Saudis, literally, and while we rushed to fight their war with Iraq under George H.W. (Kuwait was in fact the first step in Iraq's trying to take over the peninsula.), American policy was to ignore the growing worldwide threat of a particular and peculiar form of Islam. Now, in countries all over the world the marginalized young are finding a cause, the creation of a caliphate that will usher in the era of Islamic dominance. 
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Donald Trump’s Energy Plan: More Fossil Fuels and Fewer Rules

Donald Trump’s Energy Plan: More Fossil Fuels and Fewer Rules | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Speaking in North Dakota, at the heart of America’s oil and gas boom, Mr. Trump vowed to restore coal mining jobs and “cancel” the Paris climate change accord.
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Ignoring the reality that we are almost totally energy independent, especially if you subtract exports from imports.and the reality that this has been achieved with improved air quality, Mr. Trump pushes for coal and fracking, two bad ideas but he knows there's money to be made even if it hurts Americans. Has anybody noticed that gas is cheaper, the air is cleaner? As for the Keystone pipeline, just another great reason to keep him out of the White House; it would be an environmental disaster waiting to happen and with little advantage to us or even to Canada.  In the end his motto is, "Money aead of environment."
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Congress leaves town with no Zika resolution, lengthy negotiations ahead

Congress leaves town with no Zika resolution, lengthy negotiations ahead | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Despite warnings from public health officials, Zika deal stuck in budget fight.
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How can we expect a  Republican led Congress to take on trivial matters like public health when they have important things to do like investigating Hillary's emails, forcing the military to buy weapons that are not needed, and of course voting how many times to end Obamacare? Silly Americans, even some of the GOP, like Rubio, are beginning to realize that we need a functioning congress.
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White high school football players in Idaho charged with raping black, disabled teammate with a coat hanger

White high school football players in Idaho charged with raping black, disabled teammate with a coat hanger | Upsetment | Scoop.it

The parents of the victim have filed a $10 million lawsuit against the high school where the incident allegedly occurred, claiming coaches and administrators did nothing to stop months of racial abuse. 

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This is so despicable, so inexcusable, so vile as to set my gorge afire with outrage. This is not the small town America that I love and celebrate in "Broody New Englander." Indeed, this is not any kind of America. While I'm sure there are decent people living in Dietrich, Idaho, I imagine that they truly wish they were living someplace else. As for the young men involved in this travesty, I can only hope that they find themselves in cages, because the rest of us surely don't want them near other humans. And by the way, in case you don't get it, yes this is both bigotry against the weaker and against Blacks. 
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Teacher abuse payouts top $300 million as L.A. Unified misses warning signs

Teacher abuse payouts top $300 million as L.A. Unified misses warning signs | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The financial hits related to sexual abuse just keep coming for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Since the 2012 arrest of Miramonte teacher Mark Berndt, the nation's second-largest school system has spent more than $300 million in settlements, verdicts and legal fees.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
A few years back, a man who went to the same boarding school as I contacted me to talk about the sexual abuse he had received from the wrestling coach. The man had been my math teacher one year, but I had no inkling that he was molesting kids on the wrestling team. I'm glad society is now talking about pedophilia. It may seem beyond the pale to most of us, but there are potential offenders everywhere there are kids. It isn't enough to tell our children to avoid strangers with lost kittens, we have to tell them to talk openly about sexuality so they can talk with us if a pedophile raises their ugly head. Nothing protects better against a sexual predator than the openness of a society's sexual discussions with its young. Meanwhile, we on It Matters Radio want to find a good guest who is capable of adding to the discussion of this topic. If you have been a sexual predator's prey, or been a predator, or just have a strong knowledge of the subject, please contact us and join us as a guest. The show website is http://www.itmattersradio.com 
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Judge says Bridgewater State Hospital lawsuit should move forward - The Boston Globe

Judge says Bridgewater State Hospital lawsuit should move forward - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A Superior Court judge has allowed a lawsuit against the state to proceed on grounds that conditions at troubled Bridgewater State Hospital may violate the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, a ruling that underscores the controversial use of seclusion and restraints at the facility.
The lawsuit, filed by the families of three former Bridgewater patients, claims that officials discriminate against the most severely mentally ill men in the state by consigning them to a facility run by the Department of Correction rather than one administered by the Department of Mental Health, where trained clinicians maintain policies designed to restrict the use of seclusion and restraints and provide higher-quality mental health care.
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The treatment of the mentally ill is certainly one way in which a society defines its level of humanity. Want to read a fascinating book set inside the asylum? Here you go. https://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Asylum-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B004FN1VL0?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc ;
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Southern California Gas Co. ordered to stop cleaning Porter Ranch-area homes

Southern California Gas Co. ordered to stop cleaning Porter Ranch-area homes | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ordered Southern California Gas Co. late Sunday to stop cleaning the homes of Porter Ranch-area residents affected by the gas leak at the company's Aliso Canyon facility, concluding that the utility’s contractor was not properly trained o
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Is it not surprising that a corporation that has been so indifferent to the wellbeing of people should not provide adequate rendition for the damage that it caused. The need for government could never be clearer than when we see corporations make believe that they are being responsible members of the community. American corporatism as preached by the anti-government conservative right is a recipe for the accumulation of wealth by the few at the expense of the welfare of the many. 
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11 awe-inspiring African cities that are changing the face of urban living in the future.

11 awe-inspiring African cities that are changing the face of urban living in the future. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
These gleaming silver spires probably aren't the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Africa. But they should be.
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There is so much poverty, warfare, and suffering in Africa that we sometimes lose sight of that continent's promise and possibilities. Hopefully, these great examples of architecture and urban planning will be reflected in maturing societies and political systems that will make the lives of ordinary Africans better. 
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Black preschool kids still get suspended much more frequently than white preschool kids

Black preschool kids still get suspended much more frequently than white preschool kids | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Significantly fewer students are getting suspended, according to new federal data. But disparities in suspension rates between different student groups remain, and they start in pre-school.
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If there was one idea that permeated my youth in New England, it was that education was the bedrock of democracy. From Harvard and Boston Latin to my own alma mater, Governor's Academy, the oldest boarding school in America, we New Englanders led the way in giving our young the ability to be productive citizens. As an adult and working as a psychologist in New York, one thing I became very aware of was the difference in educational opportunity that existed for the wealthy versus the poor and for the White versus the Black and Brown among us. 
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The real harm of the global arms trade

The real harm of the global arms trade | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In some parts of the world, it's easier to get an automatic rifle than a glass of clean drinking water. Is this just the way it is? Samantha Nutt, doctor and founder of the international humanitarian organization War Child, explores the global arms trade -- and suggests a bold, common sense solution for ending the cycle of violence. "War is ours," she says. "We buy it, sell it, spread it and wage it. We are therefore not powerless to solve it."
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While at times a bit incoherent, Dr. Nutt reminds us of some important and horrifying facts. 
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Citizenship applications soar in Massachusetts - The Boston Globe

Citizenship applications soar in Massachusetts - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The increase is driven by a contentious presidential election and an expanding array of services to help them apply.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I don't know how much of this is being driven by fear of Trump or by awakening love of America because of him, but if this uptick in citizenship applications is one side effect of his candidacy, it is certainly a welcome one. Remember, the majority of us have grandparents or great-grandparents who came to America as immigrants and we should be proud of these men and women following that same path. 
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The Arab City

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Today there is no better context in which to investigate the complexities of global practice in architecture than that of the rapidly changing Arab city.
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Having never travelled in the Arab world, I was intrigued by this article about the trends in architecture in that part of our globe. It seems as if what was once chaos—often splendid but still chaotic— is being replaced with conceptual art, but it isn't clear exactly from whence the vision of that art comes, from a pan-Arabism that denies cultural identity or perhaps the desire to hide the messy realities of life behind a facade of modernism. At any rate, if architecture and its role in society are of interest to you, this is a fascinating article. 
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In San Diego, Trump shames local ‘Mexican’ judge as protesters storm streets

In San Diego, Trump shames local ‘Mexican’ judge as protesters storm streets | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Outside Trump's San Diego rally on Friday, hundreds of protesters shouted obscenities.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I deplore both Trump's candidacy, but I do hope his detractors won't resort to more of this rioting. Violence is not the answer. Get people too commit to voting. Get them to commit to voting for the Democratic candidate, whoever that is and for Democratic candidates all down the line. Let's make a real difference. 
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Sanders condemns pro-austerity “colonial takeover” of Puerto Rico; Clinton supports it

Sanders condemns pro-austerity “colonial takeover” of Puerto Rico; Clinton supports it | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Bernie calls U.S. debt crisis plan "morally unacceptable" and a gift for "vulture capitalists." Hillary backs it
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Here we see a clear difference between Sanders and Clinton and their methods of tackling problems. Both are partly right and partly wrong. First, the US government should bail out Puerto Rico because to not do so would harm America's image and ratings in bond markets and because the people of Puerto Rico are Americans and need out assistance.. Second, clearly Puerto Rico cannot meet its economic needs, partly because the US attracts the workforce and investors to the mainland and partly because there are many retired military living there which means that they need many services but don't grow the economy. Third, populism unchecked leads to excess debt; the people want more services but not more taxes even if they could pay more. But an external board that emphasizes only cutting costs and raising revenues will not help the island grow. This is the Flint Michigan style answer that we know from sad experience leads to disaster. The real question  is how can Puerto Rico's economy be helped to flourish, how can the future be made brighter. Any restructuring of the debt must work in that direction. Realistically, there isn't much in Puerto Rico that will provide good industrial growth. Tourism is already pushed beyond its reasonable limits. The US military is not so interested in having a massive presence there as it once was. If the best economic plan they've come up with so far is to lower the minimum wage for kids, whoever is running this ship is heading for the rocks. I'm not sure what industrial or farming endeavors could be pushed, but I have no question that simply providing payment on bonds is not sufficient. If Puerto Rico doesn't come up with a development plan that will work, perhaps this bailout should include changing the commonwealth status of the island. As an independent country, they can promise whatever they want to bankers and the US won't be responsible. What do you think?
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Republicans Kill Their Own Spending Bill Over Its LGBT Protections

Republicans Kill Their Own Spending Bill Over Its LGBT Protections | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some couldn't accept a provision that prevents government contractors from firing people for being gay.
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In case you're wondering how dysfunction a Republican congress can be, they are no rejecting their own bills if those bills might protect people from prejudice. Do we really want more of this crap? Isn't it time to vote Democratic? We need a Democratic congress and a Democratic POTUS because that's when good things get done. No, the Democrats aren't perfect, but at least they can govern. 
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U.S. Falls Behind in Arctic Great Game

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U.S. Falls Behind in Arctic Great Game « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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So much of American policy is driven by denial and the belief that we are inherently number one. Sadly, we do little longterm planning and often find ourselves rushing to catch up. This is another example of that failure. The White House is way to concerned with today's crisis and lacks a builtin system for take the long view. At least in part that is because we think of government as having a four year shelf-life rather than an ongoing function. No matter what goals and ideas the Obama administration may suggest, they will be scrap heaped by the next POTUS, even if it is a Democrat. This is not a good way to run a country and certainly not a good way to face the challenges of the future. 
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Why victims of deadly meningitis outbreak haven’t been compensated

Why victims of deadly meningitis outbreak haven’t been compensated | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Victims are supposed to have access to funds totaling millions in compensation.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
This is the kind of government and legal system dysfunction that underlies the wave of discontent that is sweeping through America. Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are riding that wave, but the fact is that no POTUS can make such idiocy and indifference stop. We must stop focusing on the work of lawyers and accountants and start taking a broader view of how the government is supposed to function. By the time this is worked out, those who are most deserving of the small restitution that might be offered will no longer be able to use it and a few pennies will go to their relatives. The rest will have been eaten up by the bureaucracy and legal fees. The saddest thing is that the resulting outrage may feed not the energy of those who would make the government more responsive but those who would take advantage by decrying government regulation and control when in fact the original problem so clearly demonstrates the need for government oversight in some areas, such as health and safety standards. 
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Trump Protesters Hit With Smoke Grenades In Clashes With Albuquerque Police

Trump Protesters Hit With Smoke Grenades In Clashes With Albuquerque Police | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police say protesters threw bottles and rocks and fought with Trump fans.
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As much as I dislike Trump and his positions, as much as i dislike the hatred and bigotry that seems to exude from his campaign, I cannot condone violence of this type. I wish these good people of Albuquerque had instead of such demonstrations decided to stop by The Dew Drop Inne for a drink and a song, maybe even to get hustled in a quick game of eight ball. Here's the book link so you can "Enjoys yerself." http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Drop-Inne-Kenneth-Weene/dp/0984721584/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= ;
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'It's just not fair:' Massachusetts police officer killed, suspected attacker fatally shot after daylong manhunt

'It's just not fair:' Massachusetts police officer killed, suspected attacker fatally shot after daylong manhunt | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A police officer in Massachusetts was fatally shot over the weekend, sparking a day-long manhunt that ended with the suspected attacker dying in a shootout with police.
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The data of a fine police officer like Ronald Tarentino Jr. is a loss not only to his community and to law enforcement everywhere but to our entire society. Just as Black Lives Matter, do too do the lives of hardworking and decent cops. I don't think that gun control laws would have stopped the animal who shot Mr. Tarentino from doing so. I don't think any law will stop somebody from killing a police officer. However, the climate of gun use and violence that is growing in this country probably makes it easier for a scumbag to figure using a gun is just fine. Since it is likely that the perpetrator is likely to die, we can't really consider the punishment for this crime except in the abstract, but I honestly believe that anybody killing a cop should not have the easy end of the death penalty until they have suffered cruel and unusual punishment. Of course, the constitution prohibits such punishment, but damn for that kind of scum. As for anybody who uses a gun to kill another person even unintentionally , I think the consequences should be heavy. It sickens me that gun violence is rising in this country. 
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