Driven to action / Irony alert / Word to know

Driven to action. In the aftermath of the shooting massacre in Parkland, Fla., at least three car rental companies and a bank have cut ties to the National Rifle Association.

The NRA denies any responsibility for the Parkland massacre and accuses “elites” of using the assault “to eliminate the Second Amendment and our firearms freedoms so they can eradicate all individual freedoms.”
Eric Zorn in the Tribune: The problem isn’t NRA money. It’s NRA voters.
NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch’s old tweets reveal a long-running grudge against Neil Young.
A doctor who treated the Parkland shooting victims: “How could a gunshot wound have caused this much damage?
On Instagram, the shooter espoused racist, homophobic and antisemitic views and shared an obsession with violence and guns.

‘The boyfriend loophole.’ Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill that would forbid anyone with a domestic violence conviction from owning a gun.
The Washington Post: Why and how the 1994 ban on assault weapons worked.
Are liberals “flirting with the politics of fear”?
On this week’s Chicago Newsroom, NPR reporter David Schaper contrasts: “I was in Newtown, Conn., after the shooting at Sandy Hook … and what struck me—and I’m actually getting goosebumps just thinking about it—is the profound silence in that community.”

‘Are you a lesbo?’ That’s what a Republican candidate for the state legislature allegedly asked a Republican candidate for Illinois attorney general—prompting much of the party’s leadership to call on him to drop out.
Was Gov. Bruce Rauner’s unfortunate drinking of chocolate milk “the whitest thing that ever happened this week”?
The Tribune editorial board’s Democratic pick for Illinois attorney general: Sharon Fairley.

Irony alert. Missouri’s “family values” governor, accused of blackmail and bondage, yesterday was indicted, arrested and … reportedly handcuffed.
… and he faces the prospect of impeachment.
President Trump’s (once upon a time, anyway) favorite adult film star, Stormy Daniels, is set to perform in Chicago next month.

Word to know. Atomwaffen: It means “atomic weapons” in German, but it’s also the name of a white supremacist group linked to a string of murders across the U.S. ProPublica has gotten its hands on about 250,000 of the group’s encrypted messages. And—surprise—they’re hateful.
Since Trump’s election, a new report concludes, the U.S. has seen a surge in the number of white and black hate groups.
At the Olympics yesterday, a German figure skater performed to music from the Holocaust drama Schindler’s List.
A suburban African-American mom is going public with her account of a stranger’s shout of racial taunts and threats to kill her in front of her young son.
Chief Illiniwek, the University of Illinois mascot whose fans refuse to depart the 19th Century, drew a fresh round of support and protest at last night’s final home basketball game.
Repudiating a racist incident at the United Center, Blackhawks fans and Tribune readers have contributed thousands of dollars to an ice arena that serves North America’s oldest minority youth hockey program.

Chicago underground. RedEye’s Ben Meyerson (yes, relation) details all you can eat, drink and do without surfacing from the cool—but, to many, still mysterious—Pedway.
A new “People’s Pitch” video makes the case for Chicago as home to Amazon’s new HQ2: “Why the hell wouldn’t they come?

Still aboveground. The body of evangelist Rev. Billy Graham will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol rotunda next week.
The Onion: Panicked Billy Graham Realizes He Took Wrong Turn Into Heaven’s Largest Gay Neighborhood.”

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