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Thinking Out Loud About Discussions

Discussions.  Lately, people are talking about the time being right for discussion about gun control, discussion about race relations, discussion about police reform.

People have discussed these things for decades if not longer.   In my opinion, there are no resolutions because people do not go to the foundation of the issues.

The second amendment?  An argument can be made that when it was written, it was for the protection of this country against other countries because the U.S. did not have organized Armed Forces.  In that argument, it can also be said that guns then are not the guns that exist now.

Regarding race relations, there are many foundational problems including ignorance and prejudicial assumptions.  The experiences of minorities are generally diminished .   Once comparisons start, it is no longer a discussion but a competition of which is the better race. Read the rest of this entry

Illinois Passes Police Reform Law

elgie-sims“Police encounters gone tragically wrong in Ferguson, New York City, Baltimore and elsewhere forced the nation to confront uncomfortable realities about race and policing in America, and here in Illinois, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle felt compelled to take action to address the disparities and restore trust. Independent investigations, better training and better record-keeping will foster an atmosphere of seriousness about tackling racial disparities in law enforcement and zero tolerance of police misconduct.” Statement of Representative Elgie Sims (D-Chicago), who spearheaded the legislation in the House.

Kwame Raoul

Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul

“Illinois has set the standard, set the standard nationally.” Statement of Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, who co-sponsored the Bill in the state senate.

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law, which will take full effect in January 2016. Currently the state is forming a commission to review training requirements and other issues. The commission is scheduled to report to legislators and Governor Rauner by the end of January.

Some of the highlights of the new law.

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