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by Subhash Kateel
(Originally published in the Examiner)

In 2005, when our decision makers wanted
desperately to stop young Americans from being killed in the streets,
they knew they could do it by investing millions in the people that were
doing the shooting and killing. But those streets were in Baghdad.
As the debate on “gun violence
(apparently the only type of violence worth stopping) carries on, we
are stuck recycling the same solutions with the same dubious results. As
I noted in my last piece, “Beyond Banning Bad Guns and Arming Good Guys,
“ some measures, like background checks, may actually have an impact on
violence. Others, like a much touted assault weapons ban, or the
increased armed presence of…um…”resource officers” in schools very likely won’t. Even though everyone admits that horrible school shootings are “exceedingly rare” and current proposals probably wouldn’t stop them
even if they weren’t, the race to respond to Newtown has made it
abundantly clear that leaders of all parties lack the political will to
stop the next wave of killings in New Haven, Newark or New Orleans. 
To understand how bankrupt our solutions to the
American culture of violence are, you only have to compare them to the
decisive action taken in Iraq as American lives where being cut down by
Iraqi insurgents…KEEP READING HERE

To listen to our segment on Wisconsin, click here or press play below…

To listen to our segment on the gang truce in El Salvador, click here or press play below…

1.  Did Walker win Wisconsin because he had the money or because the Democrats sort of sucked?
Last year, Wisconsin erupted when its controversial Governor tried to take out worker rights such as collective bargaining, occupying the Capital before occupying became a thing.  What happened next was a recall.  But after spending record money in the race, Governor Scott Walker came out victorious.  Is that the only story being told?  Listen to excerpts.
 2.  The Anatomy of a Gang Truce
LA-originated-turned-multinational rival gangs MS-13 and 18th street are often considered among the most “notorious” in the world, especially in their “native” country of El Salvador.  But something else is happening that has the potential to bring peace to streets across Central America and the United States, a historic gang truce.  Listen as we talk about a true attempt at anti-violence and a real road to redemption from El Salvador to LA and then some.  Guests include Alex Sanchez (Homies Unidos),  Luis Rodriguez (Tia Chucha Cultural Center) and Aquil Basheer (Maximum Force).

Plus check out the realest coverage of the Marissa Alexander Case here, here and here and on the Fake Zombie Apocalypse here.