Tag: gun violence

Hey Chicago! Have You Heard About Fix The FOID?

Hey Chicago!  Have You Heard About Fix The FOID?
The first person to look me in the eye and tell me that the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card system needed to be fixed was an 8th grader. We were talking about the Michael Arquero case.  I’d come across the case while doing research, and thought it was a great way to dive into the... Read more »

The 6th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

The 6th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence
Yesterday was the 6th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Tragedy.  6 years ago, on December 14th, a 20-year-old man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunned down 20 six and seven year olds, as well as 6 adults. The weakness of blogging is that sometimes it cannot convey the emotional, breadth, and levity of words. ... Read more »

Here It Goes Again: A Brief Reflection On Another School Shooting

Here It Goes Again: A Brief Reflection On Another School Shooting
While eating dinner this evening, I saw on Twitter that there was another shooting at another high school. 1 dead, 1 in custody. So unfortunate. In my prior professional position, I would often talk to students about the real price of gun violence, and the ripple effect of these events. Butler High School in Matthews, North... Read more »
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Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan

Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan
I’ve always told my students, “Don’t just read about history someone else is making.  Make some yourself.” Yesterday felt like history being made.  It felt momentous.  In the wake of the March For Our Lives movement, and the new explosion of youth engagement, it felt like so many pages coming together. Now, I’m no stranger... Read more »

Strides For Peace, Spring Awakening, and UFC 225!!!

Strides For Peace, Spring Awakening, and UFC 225!!!
First things first… I didn’t quit!!! I wanted to quit, could’ve quit…but I didn’t quit. So as I mentioned in my previous blog, I ran the 5K for the Strides for Peace Race Against Gun Violence… …And I didn’t quit. This was my first time running in 2 years…since I ran Strides for Peace in... Read more »

Are You Going To Strides For Peace?

Are You Going To Strides For Peace?
Do you think about Chicago violence? Do you talk about Chicago violence? If either of those answers is yes, then the only place you should be Thursday night is Grant Park, for the Strides for Peace “Race Against Gun Violence”. I don’t intend to sound mean, but I will say it to all of you as... Read more »
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The Metro Gun Share Program

The Metro Gun Share Program
If you’ve ventured down to Daley Plaza in the last 24 hours, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a new addition to the Plaza,  a new art exhibit entitled the Metro Gun Share Program.  The design of the art piece will look extremely familiar to Chicagoans; it looks exactly like a Divvy bike share docking station.  However, you’ll... Read more »

Unpublished Throwback: Did You Know There Was A Peace March and Rally In Chicago Thursday? And It Was Awesome

Unpublished Throwback: Did You Know There Was A Peace March and Rally In Chicago Thursday? And It Was Awesome
Note: This blog was originally created on October 29, 2017, but was never published. Today, I had the privilege of an attending a peace march and rally here in Chicago.  In fact, I was the guest speaker. The rally was organized by the community of teachers and students at Dr. Martin Luther King Academy for... Read more »

Have You Read Chicago's Gun Trace Report?

Have You Read Chicago's Gun Trace Report?
I suppose an easier question is did you know that Chicago released a gun trace report?  If you have yet to see it, click on the picture below to read it…I’ll wait.   Now, I’ve been meaning to post on this topic since the report was released last week.  However today, I heard two things that... Read more »
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Cops Leaving Crates of Guns Lying Around You Say?

Cops Leaving Crates of Guns Lying Around You Say?
So, it takes a lot for me to look someone in the face and say “You’re full of shit.”  Outside of Wayne Lapierre and the NRA nuts (they’re not all nuts, but there’s a very vocal minority, emboldened by a dirtbag leadership, that just keeps the boat rocking), I’m generally a live and let live... Read more »