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Morning Links: Debunking the myths of mass shootings

• Mass shootings are not occurring more frequently. And the policy proposals offered to prevent them aren’t going to work. Here’s the paper Gene Healy cites in his piece.

•  Yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down mandatory  life without parole for juveniles should be applied retroactively. More on the topic here.

• Earlier this month, two of the last victims of the satanic ritual abuse panic of the 1980s and early 1990s were released from prison. The “satanic ritual” part of the problem may now be a thing of the past, but there’s still a lot of work to be done with wrongful sex abuse convictions.

Encouraging leaked video appears to show North Korean citizens defying government officials.

DEA Chief of Operations James L. Capra says that DEA agents are worried about marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington. I’d imagine so. Their livelihoods are at stake.

• Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. moves closer to decriminalizing the drug.

Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."



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