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Beware: Unsettled times like these spark suicides

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

As a run-up to the Fourth of July, Americans typically buy beer, barbecue meats and fireworks. This year, as so many have become overwhelmed by the anxiety and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are buying guns at a record pace.

Make no mistake; more guns equal more suicides.

This is not an attack on citizen's Second Amendment ...Read more

The devil's in the details of police reform

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

The time for serious police reforms has come. There is no ignoring that fact. Cities and states around the nation are already working on what those reforms will look like.

Colorado just implemented a new set of standards that other jurisdictions are sure to study. This new set of standards:

-- Bans chokeholds.

-- Limits an officer's use of ...Read more

Crimes against common sense...

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

What the hell is going on in this country? When did we, the majority, stop speaking up for ourselves? Crimes against common sense seem to happen every week, yet most of us stay silent.

Or is it that the media only highlights those who scream the loudest, leaving the impression that what they demand must be implemented?

The most vocal citizens ...Read more

A time of reckoning to repair racial tensions

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

If you don't agree that black lives matter, you should stop reading now.

Conversely, if you believe blacks in America are victims of a deadly conspiracy of systemic police racism, you may want to look away. The facts simply do not bear out that claim.

Yes, we have heard about a horrific series of black citizens killed by police. But over the ...Read more

Enemies of the state are lurking in every corner

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

As if the current COVID-19 pandemic hadn't created enough chaos in our lives, yet another outrageous, race-based police brutality case emerged to engulf the nation in its terrifying aftermath.

Righteous street protests were infiltrated by agitators whose sole goal was to create mayhem, destroy property and upset the delicate balance of a ...Read more

Murder as a public service?

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

On the evening of May 14, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, James Fairbanks went to the home of Mattieo Condoluci and shot him dead. Condoluci, 64, was a twice convicted pedophile, and Fairbanks, 43, had spent years working with troubled kids in the Omaha Public School system.

After the body was discovered, the dead man's daughter, Amanda Henry, was ...Read more

The good, the bad and the ugly of citizen's arrests

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Nearly every state has a citizen's arrest law allowing civilians to detain someone if they have witnessed a crime being committed. Some of these laws allow only felony suspects to be held until law enforcement arrives, while others also allow those suspected of "breach of peace" misdemeanors to be held.

Does this mean you can use any force ...Read more

Policing during a pandemic

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

The classified ad might read: "Looking for college-educated applicants who can handle serious on-the-job stress, constant public criticism and loss of co-workers by suicide. Must be skilled in handling firearms, life-and-death conflicts, domestic abuse suspects, the mentally ill and drug addicts. Training in murder, arson, cybercrime and white-...Read more

The pandemic spawns a litany of litigation

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

It is a sure bet that lots of lawyers have not stopped working during the quarantine. Judging from the number of COVID-19-related lawsuits that have been filed, lawyers may be the most fully employed of all the occupations, excluding health care workers.

The number of lawsuits stemming from the pandemic increases every day. Some of the suits ...Read more

All allegations of sexual assault must be taken seriously

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Wow. Reaction to my last column, which was focused on today's political hypocrisy, was both shockingly swift and largely off-base.

I wrote about a new police report alleging a sexual attack by then-Sen. Joe Biden against one of his young staffers 27 years ago. I compared how her charges against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee ...Read more

What was good for Kavanaugh should be good for Biden

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Sometimes, the world of crime and justice collides with the body politic. This is one of those times, although with all the news about the COVID-19 pandemic, this item may have escaped widespread notice.

A police report, filed in Washington, D.C., in early April, accuses former Sen. and Vice President Joe Biden of sexually assaulting one of his...Read more

Prisoners need COVID-19 protection, too

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

These days, we are all worried about those most susceptible to the ravages of the COVID-19 virus -- not only the elderly and already sick but also those on the daily line of fire, like medical first responders and the countless essential workers still on the job.

But my inbox is filling up with letters beseeching Americans not to forget the ...Read more

Lessons learned from China's chokehold on America

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Indulge me a quick personal story. Twice now, I've been duped by Facebook ads into ordering American-looking products (furniture polish and a blouse) that I later discovered came from China.

The packages arrived months late with return addresses written in Chinese that were indecipherable and unreturnable. The blouse was doll-sized with two ...Read more

 

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