The top story in my Google newsfeed is that a fifteen year old boy was wounded in the arm by a fourteen year boy with a rifle at a Palmdale, California high school.
A 14-year-old former student is in custody after allegedly shooting a current student in the arm with a rifle at Highland High School in Palmdale Friday morning.
Source: 14-Year-Old in Custody After Shooting Student in Arm With Rifle at Highland High in Palmdale: LASD | KTLA
I feel for the wounded child and the students and parents of that school. They must have been terrified when they got the news of a shooting. Still, it’s local news. Why do I need to hear about it?
My guess is because its a school shooting. Even though the injury was very minor it happened at a school and it involved a rifle.
In the mean time what does make local news and isn’t caught up in the national newsfeeds is that:
Two boys, 13 and 17, were shot Thursday night in Uptown on the North Side, among seven people hit by gunfire in Chicago over 12 hours, according to police.
Source: Two boys in Uptown among 7 hit by gunfire in Chicago over 12 hours – Chicago Tribune
Why didn’t this make national news? I guess it’s because it’s Chicago and none of the shootings happened at a school.
Dan passed this along and I think I need to make it as widespread as possible. Illinois is making it a felony to record law enforcement officers. To be sure, regular citizens are getting the same protection but at a lower sentencing rate.
According to IllinoisPolicy.org, the bill discourages people from recording conversations with police by making unlawfully recording a conversation with police – or an attorney general, assistant attorney general, state’s attorney, assistant state’s attorney or judge – a class 3 felony, which carries a sentence of two to four years in prison. Meanwhile, the bill makes illegal recording of a private citizen a class 4 felony, which carries a lower sentencing range of one to three years in prison.
via Illinois Just Made it a Felony for Its Citizens to Record the Police and the Media is Silent | The Free Thought Project.
Now I’m not sure what constitutes “illegal recording” but I’m guessing it’s illegal to record anyone who doesn’t consent to being recording.