Just a quick observation . . . 

Traditional rampant illegal fireworks and celebratory gunfire reminds us that, in practice, Kansas City really isn't adamant about the rule of law or obeying the rules. 

Big picture . . . This probably benefits most of us given that everybody needs a little "wiggle room" from time to time and as long as people aren't hurting anybody else . . . The so-called broken windows theory of tough law enforcement crackdowns was mostly invented to push poor people of every demographic out of their homes. 

And so tonight we chill with this peek at the news as the shooting and explosions prove that nothing is getting "solved" tonight.

Check-it . . .

Word To The Wise

KCPD asks people to put down the guns on the Fourth of July

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department is asking for people to celebrate in a safe way this Fourth of July. They worry about people doing celebratory gunfire, which is when people take a gun and shoot it in the air. It is illegal and also can be deadly.

Local Blast Double Check

Enjoy your Fourth of July celebration, just think twice when it comes to safety

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As Fourth of July celebrations continue across the Metro, a Kearney family has a warning of their own. Marc Eater is an energetic nine-year-old kid who loves playing football. This year he played for the Kearney Bulldogs. "Football is my favorite sport," Marc Eater said.

Rolling Tribute To Hero

Kansas City area veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan honored with new car at KC Air Show

Before the planes took the sky at Sunday's KC Air Show, a local veteran got a special gift on the ground.Dustin Johns, a Marine sergeant who lost both his legs and two fingers in Afghanistan, is now the owner of this 2021 Ford Explorer courtesy of Wounded Warriors Family Support."We

Kansas City Feigns Consideration

Fireworks and veterans with PTSD: What to know before setting off your backyard display

by: Nexstar Media Wire Posted: / Updated: In many parts of the country where they're legal - and probably in many places where they're not - the sounds of fireworks and firecrackers have been heralding the Fourth of July holiday for weeks.

Prez Promises Freedom

Biden says U.S. is close to "independence from a deadly virus"

President Joe Biden used his Fourth of July speech Sunday to declare that the U.S. is "closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus." What he's saying: "This year, the Fourth of July is a day of special celebration," Biden said before a crowd of 1,000 essential workers and military families.

Preview Of Fight Ahead

Afghanistan: All foreign troops must leave by deadline - Taliban

Any foreign troops left in Afghanistan after Nato's September withdrawal deadline will be at risk as occupiers, the Taliban has told the BBC. It comes amid reports that 1,000 mainly US troops could remain on the ground to protect diplomatic missions and Kabul's international airport.

Teachable Moment This Summer

Largest teachers union says critical race theory is 'reasonable and appropriate' for kids

The country's largest teachers' union has moved to undermine the left-wing talking point that critical race theory is not taught to children -- by voting promote it and arguing it is "reasonable and appropriate" to use CRT in social studies classes.

Top Doc Talks Politics

Fauci Warns of New COVID Surge as Poll Shows Republicans Still Hesitant to Get Vaccinated

Anthony Fauci is worried about the emergence of "almost two types of America" as vaccination rates vary widely by region. Around 99 percent of recent COVID-19 deaths in the United States involved unvaccinated people, the country's top infectious disease expert said, characterizing it as a "tragic" situation.

Sounds Totally Reasonable

Britney Spears Called 911 for Conservatorship Abuse Before Testimony

Britney Spears called 911 just before her conservatorship hearing, and she reported her abuse claims officially. The "Stronger" singer called the police in Ventura County, California, to "report herself as a victim of conservatorship abuse," according to Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino's expose, published in The New Yorker on Saturday, July 3.

Local Sound Of The Islands

Kansas City Reggae Music and Jerk Festival promotes unity on Fourth of July

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Among the festivities in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday was the Kansas City Reggae Music and Jerk Festival. The theme of the festival was "unity," and people had the chance to try a variety of foods and even watch the legendary band "The Wailers."

Tragic Conclusion

Man gifted Super Bowl tickets from former Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman dies from brain cancer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A young man who was gifted Super Bowl tickets earlier this year from former Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman has passed away after a long battle with brain cancer. FOX4 spoke with 22-year-old Jace Ward back in February when a player known as "the Shermanator" gifted him and his father tickets to watch his team go back to the Super Bowl.

Check The Quick Summer Forecast

Your Storm Track 5 Daily Forecast

Good morning and Happy Independence Day! Another warm and dry day awaits us. Temperatures are starting out in the upper 60s and lower 70s destined for an afternoon high near 90 under mostly sunny skies and calm winds.

And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now. Hopefully, we'll see you in the morning. Be safe out there and STAY TUNED!!!