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Newsflash: Gun-Related Tragedies in Canada and Idaho, An Editorial Criticizes NYPD’s Response to Mayor DeBlasio, Death of Transgender Teen Investigated as Suicide

Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, Assistant Professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, analyzes today’s new headlines:

A horrific incident in Edmonton, Canada, late yesterday has left police and people shaken. In what is being called “an extreme case of domestic violence,” a man shot and killed four women, two men, and two children, and then killed himself. It was the worst mass killing Edmonton has seen since 1956. The shootings were conducted with a stolen gun. Canada’s gun control laws are far stricter than here in the US where gun violence is much more common. Just yesterday a woman in Idaho died after her toddler reached into her purse and accidentally discharged her gun, while they were shopping at a Walmart. The woman apparently had a concealed carry weapons permit of the kind championed by the NRA and the gun lobby. It was the latest in a series of accidental killings this year involving children.

Click here for CBC News article, Edmonton mass killings ‘a horrific event’ linked to domestic violence.

Click here for the Aljazeera America article, Toddler kills mother with her own gun.

For the second time this week the New York Times editorial board criticized the NYPD’s response to Mayor Bill DeBlasio over the killings of two officers. Driven by police union chief Patrick Lynch, who said the mayor had “blood on his hands,” officers turned their backs on the DeBlasio during Rafael Ramos’ funeral. The Times on Monday blasted the NYPD’s “snarling sense of victimhood,” and today said all that New Yorkers expect is for officers to not violate the constitution, not kill unarmed people, and simply do their job. As New Year’s Eve celebrations gear up for tonight, anti police-brutality activists are also planning protests in New York City’s Times Square, Boston’s annual First Night event, and likely at many other venues around the nation.

Click here for NY Times Op-Ed, When New York City Police Walk Off the Job.

Click here for Huffington Post article, NYT Editorial Board Blasts NYPD Officers’ ‘Disgraceful Acts’ of ‘Self-Pity.’

Click here for Newsday article, NYPD ready for New Year’s Eve revelers — and protesters — in Times Square.

And finally the death of a transgender teenager named Leelah Alcorn in Ohio is being investigated as a suicide. Alcorn was hit by a tractor trailer on Sunday but scheduled a note to be published posthumously on her social media account. In her note, which has now gone viral, Alcorn, who was born Joshua, wrote, “After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong.” She also wrote, “The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights…My death needs to mean something.” But even after her death, Alcorn’s mother refused to acknowledge her child’s gender identity, writing on Facebook, “My sweet 16-year-old son, Joshua Ryan Alcorn went home to heaven this morning.” News media are reporting that Leelah Alcorn did receive support among friends at school when she admitted she was attracted to boys.

Click here for The Bellingham Herald article, Transgender teen’s alleged suicide blog goes viral.

Click here for ABC News article, Leelah Alcorn: Transgender Teen’s Reported Suicide Note Makes Dramatic Appeal.