A way forward? / ‘A special kind of evil’ / Oh, Emanuel

A way forward? As President Biden asserts that “the Second Amendment was never absolute,” U.S. lawmakers have been talking across party lines about ways to respond to the horrific massacre at a school in Uvalde, Texas …
 … including the lure of actual federal cash for states that adopt “red-flag laws” allowing seizure of guns from people found to be dangerous.
The House Judiciary Committee meets Thursday on an omnibus guns bill that would, among other protections, raise the age for buying semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pushing a plan to freeze handgun ownership across Canada—which would mean it would be, in his words, “no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns anywhere in Canada” …

Tragically memorable. Chicago endured its most violent Memorial Day weekend in five years …
The Tribune’s Jason Meisner takes you to “a new frontier in gun trafficking investigations,” examining the case of a man charged with making virtually untraceable “ghost guns” in his Chicago apartment.
Ex-Chicago Police Superintendent Terry Hillard was shot with a paintball Sunday.

Illinois, winning. The New York Times’ Greg Bensinger praises the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act for demonstrating that “strong privacy laws in a single state can have nationwide ramifications.”
WBEZ: Illinois collects data about who gets abortions, but it hides race and ethnicity—a practice it’s reconsidering.
Congressional Democrats are asking Google to stop retaining people’s location data, which they fear could be used to identify women seeking abortions.

‘A special kind of evil.’ Prosecutors credit surveillance cameras for the arrest of a 27-year-old suburban man charged with attempted first-degree murder in the burning of 75-year-old Joseph Kromelis, the homeless person long known as Chicago’s “Walking Man.”
An assistant state’s attorney says the suspect offered no explanation beyond saying that he “is an angry person and decided … to set something on fire.”
As Chicago’s bicycling season gears up, bikers are sounding an alarm about one of the city’s deadliest routes: Milwaukee Avenue between Kilbourn and Addison.

‘He won’t hate the city of Chicago.’ The Trib editorial board’s made its choice in Illinois’ Republican gubernatorial primary.
Ex-Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas is edging toward a run for mayor—maybe with an announcement Wednesday.
Wonder whom the Trib will back for mayor? Consider all the Vallas opinion pieces the paper’s been running.

The AP: Democrats across the country have been voting in Republican primaries to block Donald Trump’s candidates.
Don’t cast your vote in ignorance. Check the Chicago Public Square Illinois Primary Election Guide.

Not so fast. Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says five days of isolation are enough after a positive test for COVID-19, The Wall Street Journal reports people can test positive 10 or more days later.
Poynter’s Al Tompkins: “Viruses that took time off during the pandemic are back with a vengeance.”

Oh, Emanuel. Ex-Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s brother Ari, a Hollywood talent executive, got married over the weekend …
 … in a wedding that prompted cultural critic Bob Lefsetz to observe, “Ari is what’s wrong with America.”
Before his death in September at 61, comedian Norm McDonald recorded a Netflix comedy special with no stage and no audience, and critic Richard Roeper gives it 3 1/2 stars.

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