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Red Flag Laws Should Not Target Mental Illness — from the South Seattle Emerald

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Following last week’s murder of five journalists at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, several more states have passed or are seriously considering passing “red flag laws” or Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). Such laws allow police officers, family members, and domestic or intimate partners to petition courts to temporarily remove firearms […] … Continue reading

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The Prosthetics of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Prosthesis: Noun. Originally from a grammatical concept “prosthetics,”  from the 1550s, “addition of a letter or syllable to a word,” from Late Latin, from Greek prosthesis “addition, application, attachment,” from prostithenai “add to,” from pros “to” + tithenai “to put, place, to set down as in a proposition.” Prosthesis in reference to … Continue reading