Another week, another disturbed young man, another mass killing spree. It's come to where episodes like Eliot Rodger's murder of four men and two women near the Cal-Santa Barbara campus have become so frequent in America that the crime scene tapes have hardly been removed before people turn them into political symbols. /more/
Mother Jones reports that Sonic and Chili's outlets in Texas refused to knuckle under to intimidation tactics of open carry gun advocates. Growing backlash at the intimidation tactics appears to have backed the gun toters down. /more/
Joe Nocera in the New York Times, prompted by another killing spree, draws from a new book on the 2nd Amendment to explain how the NRA and politicians have bent the amendment all out of shape of what the founding fathers intended — a tool to guarantee a "well-regulated militia." It was not, he writes, intended to allow an individual right to trump the public good. /more/
The Los Angeles Times' coverage of the mass slaying in Southern California includes an extract of a manifesto left behind y suspected killer Elliott Rodger. It's the work of a disturbed young man, though rational enough to plot in detail, forecast his actions in YouTube videos and cause no alarm when law officers checked on him once. /more/
A reader sends this photo of a new sign at Little Rock City Hall announcing that concealed weapons are not allowed on premises, except when carried by law officers. This is only a restatement of long-standing law, I'm pretty sure. But the sign is new and I've noticed them elsewhere, such as at the fitness center in War Memorial Park. /more/
Arkansas hasn't yet adopted "castle doctrine" or "stand your ground" laws which provide additional protection to armed people who shoot first and ask questions later about the precise nature of threats that prompted a shooting (sometimes after the only other witness is dead,) A case in Montana highlights the issue. /more/
An automated poll Tuesday of 850 Arkansas voters found support for medical marijuana, but not for allowing people to grow their own. No measure is on the ballot this fall, but advocates are working already toward 2016.
Last week, Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, spoke against the private option Medicaid expansion last week. He invoked FDR's New Deal — a "hand up," he said, not a "handout."
Scott Ellington, the prosecuting attorney for Arkansas's Second Judicial District, said in a recent interview that, "There are no ongoing investigations by governmental investigative authorities" concerning the West Memphis Three case. Ellington may be the only person on the planet who believes there is "closure" in my case.