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James Alan Fox

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March 1, 2017

Five flaws in Trump's crime agenda
Trump’s sly strategy of making America scared again has paid off handsomely.

January 11, 2017

Dylann Roof got what he asked for - death
Dylann Roof never showed remorse for killing nine churchgoers at Emanuel A.M.E. Church.
Life in prison would be better for white supremacy martyr wannabe.

January 4, 2017

Guns, road rage and a tragic trend
When it comes to driving, "gunning it" should be about horsepower, not firepower.

December 7, 2016

Could we let the mob decide parole?
Americans believe they know better than the parole board. But that's dangerous.

Sept. 27, 2016

Crime fear focus at first debate
Trump did his best to scare people while Clinton focused on facts.

July 31, 2016

Concealed carry on campus is a bad idea
Texas law takes effect on 50th anniversary of massacre that showed citizen shooters didn't help.

June 19, 2016

As the next mass shooting looms
New gun laws likely won't prevent massacres, but there are other good reasons to pass them.

June 12, 2016

Hate doesn't have to be terror to kill
Knowing the Orlando shooter's motive needn't shape how we respond to his murderous rampage.

June 2, 2016

UCLA shooting pushes panic button
Broad 'active shooter' warnings fuel hysteria more than boost safety.

February 29, 2016

Defending Hillary Clinton for her use of the term “superpredator” during a 1996 speech
The Democratic front-runner wasn't demonizing black youth in 1996, and black voters know it.

February 18, 2016

Soft on crime turns out to be smart on crime
As U.S. repudiates war on drugs, finds innocent men on death row, states recognize 'lock 'em up' policies fail.

December 7, 2015

You're not about to die in a mass shooting
Only an absurdly broad definition yields media-touted statistic of hundreds of mass shootings per year.

December 3, 2015

In San Bernardino, focus on the murderous partnership
Most mass killers are enabled by social isolation, only rarely do pairs bring out the worst in each other.

October 2, 2015

Umpqua shooting - a tragedy, not a trend
Another mass shooting sears deep into our collective consciousness, but it is hype and hysteria on the rise, not violence.

September 27, 2015

NFL arrests overhyped
Study reveals football players less criminal than general population.

August 25, 2015

Aging our children
Court is not the only arena where it’s criminal to be treated as an adult.

August 9, 2015

Police recklessness, not racism
It's high time for the visually impaired to collectively demand fairness in flying.

July 26, 2015

Airports are blind to fliers like me
It's high time for the visually impaired to collectively demand fairness in flying.

July 12, 2015

Better background check wouldn't have stopped Charleston
Mass murderers will find a way, no matter how restrictive the law.

June 18, 2015

Churches, like schools, give haters an exact target
Last night's deadly massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.

June 4, 2015

No, there's no new murder epidemic
This year's increase is next year's drop.

May 15, 2015

Tsarnaev death expensive justice
We don't need to kill to make a point.

May 6, 2015

Remember moms behind bars
Children are innocent victims of the justice system when mothers are incarcerated.

April 8, 2015

Why Tsarnaev should not get the death penalty
Bomber's guilt never in doubt, but life without parole will let him fade into obscurity.

March 16, 2015

Why trying kids as adults unjust
Slender Man case latest example. Studies show young suspects think differently from adults.

February 24, 2015

Guns don't deter sexual assaults
Advocates seize on college rape debate, but concealed weapons are not the answer.

January 6, 2015

Will marathon bomber trial bring closure? 
Not always. A Tsarnaev plea deal of life without parole would have been best for all.

December 8, 2014

Make school security invisible
As Sandy Hook anniversary nears, there are new approaches that don't traumatize students.

November 19, 2014

Lovesick over Charles Manson. Really?
Mass murderer's wedding plans not that unusual. These killers often attract 'groupies.'

October 23, 2014

Serial killers find prostitutes easy prey   
Indiana case reflects a tragically common trend of picking victims who get less attention.

August 24, 2014

Sandy Hook no reason to scare kids to death The frightening realism of school shooter drills outweigh the benefits of preparedness.

August 10, 2014

Sex assault surveys not the answer
Instead of Senate proposal, coaching college students on prevention is more effective.

July 28, 2014

Death penalty becomes cruel and usual

Arizona's two-hour execution the latest example. And sympathy seems in short supply.

 

July 13, 2014

Texas slaughter doesn't count for too many
We don't feel threatened by killings that take place in private so we focus elsewhere.

May 26, 2014

Why mass killers need to explain their plan
Like the accused Rodger in his video and treatise, most shooters want to justify actions.

April 14, 2014

Focus on marathon resiliency, not tragedy
Anniversaries of tragedies too often relive horrors rather than celebrate resiliency.

April 6, 2014

Quit abusing 'active shooter' term 
Fort Hood is latest example of unnecessary panic created by misuse of this terminology.

February 17, 2014

Moms, mayors offer misguided message on guns
Their rate of more than three incidents per month is lower than 20 years ago.

December 11, 2013

Nancy Lanza was a victim, too
Despite criticism that she ignored warning signs or was an enabler, she did her best.

October 22, 2013

Nevada school shooting shows limits of security
Instead of arming teachers, restrict access to guns of young people.

September 24, 2013

Mentally ill doesn't mean murderer
Mass killings calls for focus on mental health for wrong reasons.

September 17, 2013

Mass murders less frequent than we think
Despite tragic Navy Yard shooting, number of mass killings each year remain static.

August 29, 2013

Don't give Hasan the martyrdom he wants
Why give Fort Hood shooter the death penalty he seeks? Let him suffer in obscurity.

August 22, 2013

Okla. killing fits 'shared misunderstanding'
Motivation in group kill typically goes deeper than a temporary thrill.

August 13, 2013

Bulger deserves to be forgotten
The crook shouldn't be glamorized by movies and media attention.

July 9, 2013

Boston bombing suspect's fate
Statements from victims' families should not guide prosecution strategy or sentencing decisions.

May 7, 2013

Let family bury Tsarnaev's body
Flap over what to do with suspected bomber's corpse does not reflect well on my hometown.

April 23, 2013

The Tsarnaevs' deadly brotherhood
Understanding alleged bombers motivation requires us to examine human need for belonging.

April 15, 2013

Marathon bombings could impact outdoor events
Though details remain sketchy, marathon violence will influence how we choose to live.

January 16, 2013

President's plan won't stop mass killings
Too many guns are already out there, but violent crimes can be lowered.

December 16, 2012

Keep Conn. shooting in context
Some in press asked if it was a record. But is any spree any less tragic.