The New York Times‘ Monica Davey has a nice story this morning with some pretty maps detailing where guns used in Chicago crimes actually come from. The story rests on an empirical analysis performed by my terrific University of Chicago Crime Lab colleague Seth Bour. Many of the guns seized by Chicago police come from [...]
Mark Kleiman and I did a bloggingheads-style conversation about gun policy. We’re not quite ready for prime-time, given President Obama’s response today. Instead of posting our incomplete conversation, I think it’s best to simply post a “Coming Attraction,” below. Enjoy, if that’s the word.
We need innovative strategies for gun policy–not (merely) new policy ideas, but new strategies to change the political dynamic to engage the silent majority more effectively on this issue. Over at CNN.com. my University of Chicago colleagues Ethan Bueno de Mesquita and Jens Ludwig offer an intriguing suggestion.
I had the chance to interview the Urban Institute’s Howard Gleckman, one of the nation’s leading experts on disability policy and long-term care.
There’s much wonderful reporting in Monica Davey’s front-page New York Times’ piece on Chicago’s current homicide challenge. But I hate the headline: “In a Soaring Homicide Rate, a Divide in Chicago.” To be more precise, I hate the first half of the headline. The second is on the money.
The CLASS act went from the ranks of the walking dead to the dead and buried. This worthy, imperfect effort at least deserves some mourners at the funeral.
I won’t vote for Senator Mark Kirk. But his simple words today command respect.
Quantum field theory explains Democrats’ approach to the fiscal cliff.
Last week, one of my twitter followers called me to task for writing an entire column on HIV and AIDS without focusing on the huge disparities by race/ethnicity. She was certainly correct about the critical role of such disparities. Yesterday–again on twitter–Chicago commissioner of public health Bechara Choucair drew my attention to an especially pertinent [...]
…with Glenn Loury. We hit gun violence, immigration, respectfully discussing same-sex marriage with people we love who were raised in another era, dispelling Glenn’s cynical views of American politics. This particular clip hits on immigration policy. I think it’s unjust to invite immigrants here, to implicitly and explicitly benefit from their low-wage labor for years within our [...]