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Chicago Gun Control at Work: 6 killed, 23 wounded in Memorial Day weekend shootings

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MyFoxChicago: Six people were killed and at least 23 others—including a 4-year-old girl—have been wounded in shootings across Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, police said.

jacaleThe 4-year-old, identified by her family as Jacele Johnson, was shot about 8 p.m. Friday in the West Englewood neighborhood. She and her 17-year-old cousin Romare Wilson were inside an SUV in the 7000 block of South Justine when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to their family and Chicago Police.

The girl was shot in the head and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was in critical condition, authorities said. The teen was shot in the chest and grazed by a bullet in the neck. He was in serious condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

A 15-year-old girl standing on a sidewalk nearby was shot in the forehead and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where her condition stabilized, police said. Family members said on Saturday that Jacele had been responsive following surgery.

The weekend’s three most recent fatal shootings happened within about an hour of each other in separate attacks from late Saturday into early Sunday on the South and Northwest sides.

In the West Englewood neighborhood about 12:45 a.m. Sunday, four people were denied entry to a party in the 6100 block of South Honore, police said. The four males then surrounded the party and opened fire, striking three people outside.

A 29-year-old woman shot in the chest and leg was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where she later died, police said. A 39-year-old man shot in the chest was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, and a 25-year-old man shot in the arm was taken to Holy Cross, where his condition stabilized, police said.

Minutes earlier, one man was shot dead and another wounded in South Shore. They were standing on the sidewalk in the 7900 block of South East End Avenue at 12:27 a.m. when a gunman fired shots, police said. One of them, age 32, was shot in the neck and taken to Jackson Park Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Another man, whose age was not available, was shot in the buttocks and took himself to Jackson Park, where his condition was stabilized.

About 11:45 p.m. Saturday, a man thought to be between 20 and 30 years old was discovered shot to death in the Albany Park neighborhood, police said. He was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his face in an alley and pronounced dead at the scene in the 4700 block of North Albany, police said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm those three fatalities.

Saturday afternoon, a 24-year-old man was found fatally shot in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Charlie R. Weathers had a gunshot wound to the head when officers found him about 12:45 p.m. in the 0-100 block of North Laramie, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Weathers, of the 5000 block of West West End Avenue, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:01 p.m., authorities said.

Early Saturday morning, a 20-year-old man was found shot to death in University Village, police said. Officers responding to the 1000 block of West 14th Place about 2:10 a.m. found a 20-year-old man unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The medical examiner’s office had not confirmed the fatality as of late Saturday.

The holiday weekend’s first fatal shooting happened about 1:45 a.m. Saturday in Wicker Park. Carlos F. Marino, 34, was sitting on the front porch of a home with two other people in the 1700 block of West Pierce when someone walked up and opened fire, authorities said. Marino, who lived on the same block as the shooting, was struck in the chest and shoulder and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:34 a.m., authorities said.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened in a possible drive-by attack about 12:35 a.m. Sunday in Roseland on the Far South Side. A 33-year-old man was in a backyard in the 200 block of West 101st Street when he “heard shots and felt pain,” police said. He was shot in the leg and taken in good condition to Roseland Community Hospital.

At least 16 other people have been wounded in separate shootings since 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Look, another fool who voted to re-elect me!

Look, another fool who voted to re-elect me!

Chicago voters just re-elected Emanuel to his second term, in which he claimed he’s going to focus on troubled youth in his second term. Good luck with that.

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Texas professor: Americans are ‘unable to handle gun ownership’

The brilliant professor

The brilliant professor

Campus Reform: Americans are “unable to handle” their constitutional right to keep and bear arms, according to one Texas professor.

In a recent column for the Dallas Morning News, John Traphagan—a professor of religious studies and anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin—lambasted Americans for wanting to boost gun ownership and expand concealed and open carry laws. According to Traphagan, the 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colo. and recent biker gang shoot-out in Waco, Texas illustrate an epidemic of “ongoing violence” which he says Americans have become anesthetized to.

“There is simply no need for a civilized society to tolerate the type of gun-related violence that Americans seem to accept as normal,” Traphagan wrote. “Other modern industrial countries have realized… that it is unnecessary for people in a free society to have easy access to guns.”

According to Bloomberg Business, the number of individuals killed in mass shootings in the U.S. over the last three decades equals fewer “than a tenth of 1 percent” of the number of people murdered in America during that same time frame, as estimated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Still, Traphagan maintains that Americans, as a whole, “do not seem to be able to handle gun ownership in a way that permits maintenance of civil society. [T]he evidence is clear — a heavily armed population in the U.S. is not secure because our culture does not seem to lend itself well to allowing the proliferation of guns,” Traphagan wrote.

Instead of allowing for widespread private gun ownership, Traphagan says the solution to preventing additional shootings is to enact additional laws that “prohibit many forms of gun ownership, significantly [curtail] or [eliminate] access to and the ability to purchase guns, and [implement] programs in which the government confiscates or purchases illegal guns already in circulation among the public.”

Traphagan cites the implementation of strict gun control laws in countries including Japan, Australia, and South Korea as standards the U.S. should follow. “Americans need to recognize that one of the greatest threats to national security is their own heavily armed population,” Traphagan wrote. “We need to enact legislation that will greatly reduce gun-related crimes and protect people from the dangers associated with widespread gun access and ownership.”

However, according to a comprehensive 2007 study by criminologists at Harvard University, stricter gun laws in European countries have failed to effectuate significant change. “There is a compound assertion that (a) guns are uniquely available in the United States compared with other modern developed nations, which is why (b) the United States has by far the highest murder rate,” the authors of the study wrote, adding, “though these assertions have been endlessly repeated, statement (b) is, in fact, false and statement (a) is substantially so.”

Traphagan concludes by asserting that Americans are better off living in a society that is secure “because people have peace of mind and experience freedom from violence” than in a secure society where “everyone is ready to shoot on another.”

Despite Traphagan’s confidence in stricter gun laws, Americans have demonstrated mixed feelings towards measures to enhance gun control. According to a 2013 Rasmussen report, less than 20 percent of Americans viewed stricter gun control laws as the most effective means of reducing the number of mass shootings and 62 percent said they do not trust the government to “fairly enforce gun control laws.”

Perhaps the good professor should take a class in Constitutional Studies.

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Judge stops DC from enforcing part of ‘good reason’ gun law

Here's my "good reason" to carry...

Here’s my “good reason” to carry…

Fox News: People in the nation’s capital no longer have to show a good reason to get a permit to carry concealed handguns outside their homes and businesses. 

The District of Columbia’s police chief said Tuesday that she’s dropping this requirement, a centerpiece of the city’s handgun-control legislation, after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against it.

The good judge gets it right.

The good judge gets it right.

This is round two for the city and U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr., who also found the city’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home unconstitutional last year. Now he’s stopped the city from enforcing the key provision of a law the D.C. Council adopted in response.

The city’s law, one of the nation’s toughest, says a person must show a “good reason to fear injury to his or her person or property” or another “proper reason for carrying a pistol” to get a concealed-carry permit. Reasons might include a personal threat, or a job that requires them to carry or protect cash or valuables.

“For all intents and purposes, this requirement makes it impossible for the overwhelming majority of law-abiding citizens to obtain licenses to carry handguns in public for self-defense, thereby depriving them of their Second Amendment right to bear arms,” Scullin wrote in his 23-page ruling. His next hearing in the case is July 7.

States including Maryland, New Jersey and New York already require people to provide a reason for these kinds of permits, and federal courts have found them to be constitutional, according to a report the city did before passing its own new law.

D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine said he still believes the law is “constitutionally valid,” but his statement did not say whether the city will appeal.

Attorney Alan Gura, who is suing the city on behalf of the Second Amendment Foundation and three individuals, said he expects an appeal and won’t be surprised if the city asks to reinstate the requirement pending a final decision in court.

Alan M. Gottlieb, who founded the Washington state-based foundation, said he’s “delighted.” Requiring a reason for a permit “stinks, and always did stink, and now everybody knows it,” his statement said.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who has final decision-making authority on issuing the permits, said she won’t deny anyone for failing to show a reason. She also said she doesn’t think the preliminary injunction will prompt a spike in applications. About 100 people have applied for permits, and very few have been denied, she said.

“The vast majority of people applying for permits to carry in the District are not D.C. residents,” Lanier said on NewsChannel 8’s “NewsTalk” program. “Our residents are very clear that this is not something they wanted.”

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Another brutal weekend: 40 shot, 1 fatally, in Chicago gun violence

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MyFoxChicago: A man was killed and at least 39 other people — including an 81-year-old woman — were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and early Sunday.

About midnight Saturday, Ronnie Montgomery, 24, was found on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of West Hastings, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He had been shot in the chest and shoulder. Montgomery, of the 700 block of West Marquette, was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

The 81-year-old great-grandmother, Iola Burress, was shot about 5 p.m. Friday, just minutes after viewing the body of her recently deceased daughter at a South Side funeral home. Iola Burress, 81, survived being shot four times, relatives told the Sun-Times. Her 34-year-old grandson, Sylvester Burress, was also shot in the drive-by attack in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

“It’s very hard right now because we’re trying to bury her daughter and assist her and then this happens today during the wake,” said Yolanda McBride, Burress’s granddaughter, on Friday. McBride’s mother, Laverne Burress, 60, is the daughter the 81-year-old was mourning. On Saturday, relatives said Iola Burress had to miss her daughter’s funeral.

Chicago Police said that Iola Burress and her grandson were standing outside in the 7800 block of South Carpenter when they were shot by someone who was in a passing white SUV.

The grandmother, who suffers from dementia, was shot in the right wrist and abdomen, while her grandson was shot in the hip, police said. They were both taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Both were released on Saturday, relatives told the Sun-Times.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in Englewood.

About 12:20 p.m., a 22-year-old man was outside in the 400 block of West 65th Place when someone walked up and shot him in the right arm, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

At least 36 other people have been shot across the city since 1:55 p.m. Friday.

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Same old thing in Chicago: 2 dead, 24 wounded in weekend shootings across city

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MyFoxChicago: Two people were killed and at least 24 others wounded in shootings across the city between Friday night and Monday morning.

The most recent fatal shooting happened late Saturday in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. Two 23-year-old men were standing in the 7400 block of South Cottage Grove at 11:55 p.m. when two males walked up and began shooting, police said.

One of the men–later identified as Theo Hike–was shot multiple times in the torso, head and neck, and died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Hike’s home was a block north in the 7300 block of South Cottage Grove. The other man was shot in the back and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition.

Saturday afternoon, another man was killed in a shooting in Englewood on the South Side. Marcus D. Franklin, 22, was on a sidewalk in the 7200 block of South Green at 12:55 p.m. when someone walked up and shot him repeatedly in the neck and chest, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Franklin, of the 700 block of West 61st Street, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:22 p.m., authorities said.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened early Monday during an attempted robbery near Jackson Park on the South Side. A 23-year-old man was walking in the 6700 block of South Jeffery about 3:45 a.m. when two males walked up, announced a robbery and shot him, police said. Preliminary information does not indicate anything was stolen. The victim walked into St. Bernard Hospital at 3:45 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his left leg, police said. He was listed in fair condition.

About 15 minutes earlier, three men were shot in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. About 3:30 a.m., the men were exiting a residence in the 7700 block of South Emerald when a dark-colored SUV drove by and someone inside fired several shots, police said.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 28-year-old man was shot in the foot, police said. They were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where both of their conditions were stabilized.

A 24-year-old man initially sped away from the scene in his vehicle, but was later stopped for speeding by Dolton police, authorities said. He then revealed he had been shot in the right wrist, and was taken in good condition to Christ Medical Center.

Saturday evening, two teenage boys were shot in a Back of the Yards neighborhood park. The boys, 15 and 16, were standing near the basketball court about 5:50 p.m. at Micek Park at 5311 S. Hamilton, when a gunman got out of a gray car and started firing, police said.

The younger boy was shot in the right buttocks and the older in the left elbow. The boys–who both have documented gang ties–were taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions stabilized, police said.

At least 18 other people were wounded in shootings across the city since 9 p.m. Friday.

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About Two Dozen Murders Have Happened In Baltimore Since Freddie Gray Fell Into Coma

How come there's no rioting over all the other deaths in Baltimore?

How come there’s no rioting over all the other deaths in Baltimore?

Daily Caller: The city of Baltimore, Md. has been home to roughly two dozen murders since police arrested Freddie Gray on April 12 for possession of an illegal switchblade. Meanwhile, searchable data from The Baltimore Sun shows that 26 homicides have occurred in the city limits of Baltimore during the last 30 days — or since April 9.

The cause of death in one murder case was blunt force, police say. The victim in that case was two-year-old Tyleah Fenwick, according to local NBC station WBAL-TV. Billy Vines, 59, and Jorvon Beatty, 23, died from stab wounds. Vines was killed in the wee hours of April 12 by his son at the home they shared not far from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Beatty met his fate in a fight outside a homeless center on May 4.

The body of Nicole Torain, 34, was discovered in a trash incinerator on April 22. The cause of her death is unknown, but police have ruled it a homicide. All the rest of Baltimore’s 26 murders in the last 30 days have resulted from shootings. Kareem George, 36, was shot in the head on April 25, for example.

Yogesh Sheth, the manager of Mini Market Deli and Grocery, was shot when three masked men robbed his store on May 1. He agreed to step out from behind the bullet-proof glass because the men had taken a hostage at gunpoint. He was opening a door. It got jammed. One of them men then shot Sheth once in the head and three times in the chest, according to local ABC affiliate WMAR.

May 8 was a very busy day for Baltimore shootings. There were nine, according to WBAL. Three resulted in deaths. Melissa Anne Bingham, 34, died from multiple gunshot wounds at a major, three-gas-station intersection. Armand Parrine, 26, also died of multiple gun shots in a separate, unrelated incident. The name of the victim in a third May 8 homicide remains unknown.

There have been 82 homicides in Baltimore thus far in 2015.

FYI: Maryland’s gun laws are here. “Maryland is a “may issue” state for concealed carry. Applicants must demonstrate a “good and substantial reason” to carry a handgun. Permits are normally very difficult to obtain.

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Paging the #BlackLivesMatter crowd: 5 killed, 22 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

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MyFoxChicago: Five people were killed and at least 22 others have been wounded – including an off-duty Oak Park policeman – in separate shootings in Chicago since Friday afternoon, police said.

The most recent fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the South Side Marquette Park neighborhood. A 26-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk in the 3100 block of West 64th Street about 12:40 a.m. when two males walked up and fired shots, police said.

The man was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatality, but did not release additional details.

About 10 p.m. Friday, another man was shot to death in the South Side Gresham neighborhood. Officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 7900 block of South Aberdeen found a 26-year-old man lying on a sidewalk with gunshot wounds to the chest, police said. He was dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

The other two fatal attacks happened within half an hour of each other earlier Friday evening on the South and West Sides.

About 5:20 p.m., a 24-year-old man was shot dead in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side. Kelvin L. Davis was standing on a sidewalk about 5:20 p.m. in the 1300 block of East 75th Street when a gunman in a gray vehicle shot at him, authorities said.

Davis, who lived in the 7500 block of South Dorchester, was shot in the neck and chest and taken to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m., authorities said.

About 5 p.m., two men and a woman were outside in the 4200 block of West Grenshaw when a gunman walked up and opened fire, police said.

Both men, ages 28 and 31, suffered gunshot wounds to the head, police said. The older man was found unresponsive on the ground and pronounced dead at the scene. The younger man was found in the driver seat of a bullet-riddled pickup truck and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he later died, authorities said.

The 54-year-old woman was shot in the left leg and taken to Saint Anthony Hospital, where her condition stabilized, police said. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatalities but did not release further details.

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On Sunday morning, an off-duty Oak Park police officer was shot on Chicago’s Far South Side. The shooting happened in the 300 block of West 103rd Place at 5:13 a.m., police said.

The 57-year-old officer was exiting his personal vehicle in the 300 block of West 103rd Place at 5:13 a.m. when he was approached by two males, police said. One of them fired numerous shots at the officer, striking him in the arm and leg, police said. The officer returned fire and shot one of the suspects. Both suspects then fled. The off-duty officer was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he is in serious condition.

A few minutes later, responding Chicago officers located two “males of interest” in the 9900 block of South Princeton, police said. One of them had a recent gunshot wound and was also taken to Christ in serious condition. No one had been charged as of Sunday morning.

At least 21 others have been injured in shootings since Friday afternoon.

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