Ever heard of “Project Longevity”?
Sounds like some anti-aging scientific research project on the long-sought magical elixir of life, doesn’t it?
Project Longevity is the Orwellian name of a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) “comprehensive initiative to reduce gun violence” — not in the cities of Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; or Oakland, California, which are plagued with “gun violence” and high rates of shooting homicides — but in the state of Connecticut!
With a total population of 3.58 million in 2011, here are Connecticut’s crime rates for murder and violent crimes from 2000 to 2011 (Source):
Does the table above look like a crime-ridden state to you? In fact, the numbers of homicides (133 to 128) and violent crimes (10,083 to 9,767) actualy went down in 2011 from a year ago!
Now compare the state of Connecticut’s murder rates with those of 7 of America’s largest cities (Source):
As you can see, the city of Chicago, with a population that’s 89,000 fewer than that of the entire state of Connecticut, had 292 homicides (murders) in 2011 — 164 more than Connecticut.
And yet the state of Connecticut is the object of the Obama regime’s DOJ’s Project Longevity.
On November 27, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney David Fein and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy joined members of law enforcement, public officials, social service providers, community leaders and researchers in New Haven, CT, to launch “Project Longevity.” The project is funded by federal, state and local sources.
This is what Eric Holder said at the launch:
“Project Longevity will send a powerful message to those who would commit violent crimes targeting their fellow citizens that such acts will not be tolerated and that help is available for all those who wish to break the cycle of violence and gang activity. Today’s announcement underscores our commitment to working together – across levels of government and jurisdictional boundaries – to protect the American people from the crime that threatens too many neighborhoods and claims far too many innocent lives.”
On December 14, 2012, 17 days after Eric Holder’s visit to New Haven to announce the launching of Project Longevity, 20 mostly white* school children and 6 adults were shot to death in a town 34 miles northeast of New Haven. The town is Newtown, CT — a peaceful prosperous town ranked the 5th safest city in America by the website NeighborhoodScout.com based on 2011 crime statistics. (* Ana Marquez-Greene, 6, is part black. Her father is black jazz musician Jimmy Greene.)
The subliminal message impressed on the American people is that if the massacre had happened to a place such as Newtown, then no one is safe from gun violence.
Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, said in a telephone interview that “we’ve got to do something” and that the change needed was a cultural shift.
The massacre of 20 upper-middle class first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, allegedly by a disturbed lone gunman who then killed himself, would be the match that ignited a nationwide call for gun control and for a ban on assault weapons. (See Sen. Feinstein’s “assault weapons” ban bill.)
It remains unclear whether the gunman Adam Lanza actually used an assault rifle to kill the Sandy Hook 26.
H/t FOTM reader Grace.