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Jackson Tells Obama To Address Chicago Killings

From Reuters:

Chicago marchers urge Obama to come home to address gun violence

By Renita D. Young | February 2, 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and relatives of victims of fatal shootings in Chicago urged President Barack Obama on Saturday to come back to his hometown and address the gun violence plaguing the city.

Before a march on the city’s South Side, Jackson, a former Democratic presidential candidate, said America’s third most populous city needed more help than Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy could offer.

Both of whom are Democrats. Still, what more needs to be done? Chicago already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. They already have a ban on ‘assault weapons.’

"When the president shows up, it shows ultimate national seriousness," said Jackson, a Chicago resident. He also called for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help patrol the streets of Chicago.

Gun violence in Chicago has been in the national spotlight over the past year, with 506 murders in 2012, an increase of 17 percent from the previous year. As of Thursday, there were 42 homicides and 157 shootings so far this year, according to Chicago police.

The issue received new urgency with the killing this week of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, an honors student who performed with her high school band at Obama’s inauguration on January 21…

And never mind that Reuters or the AP or the rest of our national news media have barely reported on any of this. Perhaps because it just shows that gun control laws are not the solution.

A petition posted on the White House’s "We the People" website calls for Obama and his family to attend Pendleton’s funeral on February 9. The petition must have at least 100,000 signatures to receive an official response from the White House.

What a laugh. If the White House decides this would be a good optic for their gun-grabbing agenda, Obama will be there with bells on. The problem is the Chicago murder rate shows that strict gun control laws do not work.

Jackson led nearly 150 people on a march from Martin Luther King Jr. College Prep High School, where Pendleton was a student, to the park where she died a few blocks away.

"My greatest fear about the gun violence in Chicago is that we’re adjusting to it," he said…

Jackson’s greatest fear is that he won’t make any money off of it.

Meanwhile, we have this from ABC’s Chicago affiliate, WLS:

Chicago murder rate far worse than during Al Capone ‘gangland’ days

Chuck Goudie | February 1, 2013

CHICAGO (WLS) — In this I-Team report, Chicago’s rising murder rate in a new context, how the numbers of shooting deaths compare to the city’s most notorious crime era, the one that has tarnished Chicago’s reputation around the world for a century.

The surprising stats show the city is worse off now in the category of murder than at the height of the era that has driven Chicago’s reputation for almost a century, Capone’s "gangland" Chicago.

Let’s compare two months: January 1929, leading up to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and last month, January 2013. Forty-two people were killed in Chicago last month, the most in January since 2002, and far worse than the city’s most notorious crime era at the end of the Roaring Twenties. January 1929 there were 26 killings…

Forty-two people were killed in Chicago last month, the most in January since 2002, and far worse than the city’s most notorious crime era at the end of the Roaring Twenties.

Even though the image of Chicago, perpetuated by Hollywood over the years, was that mobsters routinely mowed down people on the streets, the crime stats tell a different story. The figures from January 2013 are significantly higher than the January of Al Capone’s most famous year.

[I]f the current murder rate continues, February 2013 will far exceed February 1929, when there were 26 killings, and that number includes the attack known around the world, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. In that single slaughter, seven people were lined up against a warehouse wall on North Clark Street and gunned down. It was a bootlegging dispute between North and South Side mob gangs…

Gee, gangs. Just like today. Only today’s gangs are much more blood-thirsty.

There was no real gun control back in Capone’s day. The first national firearms act wasn’t signed until 1934. It required approval of the local police chief, federally registered fingerprints, federal background check and a $200 tax…

Once again, Chicago now has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. So what is the problem now?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 4th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Jackson Tells Obama To Address Chicago Killings”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Jesse, you helped build the modern Democrat Party and you helped mold Chicago into the hell on earth it has become.

    Own it, biatch, own it ….

  2. untrainable says:

    Maybe Rahmmy should get back on TV and shore up his stance on people shooting kids. You know, “…keep it away from da kidz… youse guys should just kill each udder…” They already got the Hollywood message :”Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.”

    Isn’t it sad that poor Rahm and poor Garry are so overwhelmed. They just have too much crime to do anything about it. Maybe they should treat it as if it were immigration, just give up and forget about law enforcement. If you’re nice to them, maybe they’ll vote democrat.

  3. canary says:

    Chicago voted for Change twice.

  4. USSFreedom says:

    Just more wind from “The Windy City”, accompanied by a foul odor coming from the likes of (Reverend?) Jesse Jackson as usual. A patriarch of “Show me a problem involving the brothers and I will make money off it.”
    Look for his partner in racial flim-flam, ” Gimmee a dollar” ( Reverend?) AL Sharpton to pitch an entire segment of his ” resist we much” program to implore President (The police acted stupidly) to intervene with more talk of “Skeet shooting” to those unarmed by decree pigeons inhabiting the shooting range, known as Chicago.
    Regrets to those existing in “The City That Works” to be used by the likes of those that have never really worked
    for anything, except self promotion. Should Mrs O’Leary’s cow be housed in City Hall? No Room ..filled with BS.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And the longer this continues, the more the dysfunction will become self-evident. However, history has shown that a country endures decades, centuries even, of such mismanagement, ineptitude, graft, corruption and more until it reaches its eventual collapse.

    The human desire to have a status-quo where life is miserable seems to trump freedom and self-direction. In other words, humans can be remarkably lazy if they are fed and housed and clothed with basic survival needs beating all else.

    Such is evident with the obama-phone owners. Yet someday, as even they must know, the free stuff will stop. The end result is riots and carnage. Those of us who see larger hunks of our paychecks removed to pay for bribes to “the poor” who vote in record numbers to keep the toga-wearers in office get angry but have no voice any longer because the same toga-wearers have the system wired.

    It’s not a conspiracy per se but a de facto machina. That is, a mechanism of convenience and has, at its core, operatives who have, for some stupid reason, the control of how people operate there. In other words, regardless of who’s in office, they all pay homage to the puppetmasters such as Reid, or Shumer or whomever. Not because of fear of skeletons being uncovered but a combination of being skewered publicly by the media and of being ostracized by the others who still play along with the other toga-wearers.

    It’s now “Of the government, for the government, by the government”. And…we did it to ourselves.

    How? Well, ask yourself….when you were in grade school, junior high, high school, did you or did you not put into celebrity status the jocks and other “cool kids” who…if you had the objectivity of an older person, would note that those kids really weren’t anything of any note except that they had an air of superiority about them. In other words, the “average” kids put them on a pedestal, even made excuses for them, even let them use their pencil at the expense of not having one for themselves in the hopes they would be liked by said “cool kid”. And lo, the haughty derision that came if you disagreed with one of them over something in class, or on the playground or..well…anywhere. They held the social power…and to a kid, social power is everything.

    Fast forward to the present and we find ourselves with a celebrity president, with people in government sorely lacking in character, credibility, experience (except at being complete and utter tools and wisdom. How? The own the social power. They have figured out how to manipulate others into making them want to be liked.

    For me, something of an anti-social bastard, I see it and despise it. I see it in corporate America and quickly identify the boot-lickers and sycophants who make day-to-day life miserable for the rest of us. Policies, rules, being checked-upon by them and being tattled on by others. It’s really gone sublime. We even have a union officer who tells employees not to come to work on a day off (to pick something up, for example) in anything but the approved work attire. In other words, not in jeans and a sweatshirt or shorts and flip-flops.

    This sycophantic guy desperately wants to be liked by management…which makes him (categorically) anathema to being a union officer. His worldview, being that he’s a flaming homosexual is one of “new world order” and I won’t go on about that but anyone who comes here regularly can figure out the unnecessary thirteen paragraphs I would write about that.

    But, everyone seems compelled to tattle on everyone else. And, the people we see on a regular basis from various other workgroups all feel empowered now with our socialist government so that if you are accused of saying something racist, sexist, homophobic, or “offensive” in any way, you are subjected to re-education camp, at some cost to the company, while they try to figure out a way to fire you for fear of a lawsuit from the one person who bitched about it.

    In other words, the single, solitary whiner and self-loathing individual is now a powerful force and they like to use it to teach everyone a lesson, so they won’t be offended anymore.

    But, the psychology that was taught to me by my elders fifty years ago, tells me that such is a fool’s errand and there’s ALWAYS something to be offended about. The question is, does one choose to stop their life to focus on the trivial or move on and ignore it? For by stopping everything, one fails to grow and quickly earns a reputation as one who cannot be trusted.

    Thus, we again arrive at today. The government, employing those who serve no other purpose than to tattle on everyone, be it about guns, taxes, sex, or putting a dog in a crate on top of the family station-wagon, cannot be trusted. Not that it ever could as the number one purpose of a bureaucracy is to perpetuate the bureaucracy and thus, the end-game is always pain for the citizen.

    So what’s the answer? For me, like anyone else, it’s putting up with government where I have to, ignoring it when I can (when captain idiot is on the radio or TV, I silence him) but keep a watchful eye on things so that I don’t get torpedoed by some gay-lezbo-afro-hispani-fem-bitch-jack-wagon. On my off time, in my own house, I can use racist terms, sexist terms, etc. I didn’t used to but I do now…because of them. But I go about my activities and if I offend someone in the world when I’m not at work, then tough sh*t. They probably wanted to be offended anyway so they can feel “empowered”.

    In the meantime, I will go about my business and the government cannot tell me how to think or feel; At least not yet. much as they try. As always, the socialists think that their brand of thinking and speaking should be the only approved way and ignore history where millions have been murdered for just the same attitudes.

    Sadly, it’s going to get worse before it gets any better because human nature has always been that way. More layers of bureaucracy, more control over people, more tyranny and the pseudo-intellectual argument (which is always crap) will win out for a time. All in the name of “fairness” and “equality” and “what is right”. Well….it’s wrong. Always has been wrong and always will be.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Oh…meant to add, the union officer went so far as to tell fellow employees that there was a memo about showing up at the workplace when not on-duty in anything but “company approved” attire. When I asked a supervisor about it, there is no such policy.</i?

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