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Priest: ‘Pure American’ billboard with assault weapon ‘disrespectful’

Photo by ABC 7 Chicago

Photo by ABC 7 Chicago

ABC Chicago: As American as apple pie, baseball, or “assault” weapons? A billboard on I-55 draws criticism from the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a prominent priest in Chicago.

The Slide Fire billboard has the words “PURE AMERICAN” written under the images of a baseball glove, apple pie and “assault” weapon. Below that, more images: the American flag, the Greek symbol of a fish that represents Christianity,  and the Statue of liberty.

Rev. Pfleger wants the billboard in the inbound lanes on I-55 between Cicero and Central taken down.

“I think there is this great move by manufactures, NRA, and others to make guns part of America’s wardrobe; this is not what we define America by,” the Rev. Michael Pfleger, St. Sabina’s Church, said.

Lamar Advertising owns the billboard. Rev. Pfleger said placing the sign not far from the city’s West Side reinforces the stereotype that Chicago is violent.

They have a choice to say we do or do not want this kind of ad on our billboards. We are hoping public opinion will let them, this isn’t what they should be taking money for,” Rev. Pfleger said. “With the loss of so many of our children due to gun violence, the last thing we need is to make an “assault” weapon a symbol of American life. This is disrespectful and must be removed.

ABC7 was unable to reach Lamar Advertising. Slide Fire, the Texas-based firearms part manufacturer that bought the ad, said it deliberately chose President Barack Obama’s hometown because of the city’s crime rate and restrictive gun laws. Slide Fire makes something called a Slide Stock that “allows your gun to be a rapid fire, almost like a machine gun, but doing it legally. Illinois doesn’t allow machine guns,” gun dealer Louie Asanon said. He sells the part at Pops & Guns.

Asanon said the placement of the billboard will reach millions of Illinois  gun owners. While Father Plfleger and others are offended, Asanon says there are plenty of other offensive billboards out there.

“You see billboards with alcohol all over the place. They are just as deadly as guns in the wrong hands,” Asanon said.

You know what defines America Rev. Michael Pfleger? The US Constitution. I suggest you read the First and Second Amendments.

founding fathers


Actor Vince Vaughn Comes Out As Proud Conservative!!!

Not exactly A list, but trust me I feel it in my bones this is good. There is a lack of fear in Hollywood now and you watch as more and more stars will come our way.

Remember that we also vote with our dollars. If a Hollywood Puke wants to open his yap and spew the regimes propaganda we can and must choke them off at the box office.

This is the beginning of the end, Do not let up. I know people are discouraged, but they are on the ropes. Take a breath, say a prayer and double down your efforts. The light has been shown on these COCKROACHES.  


Ask actor Vince Vaughn about his political views and he’ll proudly tell you he’s conservative – and he doesn’t really care what Hollywood thinks.

The Lib's Are going bug eyed.

The Lib’s Are going bug eyed.

In a telephone interview with Adam Carola, Hollywood A-lister Vince Vaughn made a strong declaration about his conservative principles. When Carolla asked him very directly, “Do you count yourself a conservative?” Vaughn did not hesitate or stammer, he merely replied, “I do, yeah…I mean I’m very supportive of Ron Paul, but I’ve always been more conservative than not.”

During the three minute interview Carolla tried to see if Vaughn’s conservatism was a product of a conservative upbringing. Vaughn talked about growing up in Chicago, with a father who came from a working class family that leaned more democratic.

However, the actor also stated, “As a guy that worked very hard, and sort of put himself through school and stuff, he was more conservative, for sure.”

Carolla claimed that he was not conservative, but he “has been made conservative by the direction the country’s been going.”

( Carolla Too)

When Vaughn was asked if his conservatism runs along the lines of fiscal issues, social issues or both, he mentioned Ron Paul, the Constitution, and a lack of trust in government.

“I really like Ron Paul…I think that when you get older, you just get less trust in the government running anything. And you start to realize…when you go back and start to look at the Constitution and the principles of liberty, the real purpose of government is to protect the individual’s right to, you know, sort of think and pursue what they have interest in,” Vaughn replied.

The “Wedding Crashers” star also addressed the Hollywood bias against conservatives in the industry, but also maintained, “I can disagree with people but not have it be the forefront of all conversations.”

Vaughn has also teamed up with TheBlaze TV to put out “Pursuit of the Truth,” a reality show searching for the next great documentary filmmaker. Vaughn’s Wild West Productions partnered with Go Go Luckey Entertainment and Glenn Beck’s media company to make the show a reality. You can watch past episodes of “Pursuit of the Truth,” here.

Listen to audio from the excerpt from the Adam Carolla Podcast  (caution, the clip contains some strong language).



It’s come to this: Guards have to escort Chicago kids to new schools as they cross gang boundaries


Daily Mail: Thousands of Chicago children whose schools were shuttered last spring walked to new ones on the first day of school today under the watchful eye of police officers.

They were also joined by newly hired safety guards – there to provide protection as the kids crossed unfamiliar streets, many of them gang boundaries. No incidents of trouble were reported, police said.

While that didn’t surprise parents and  randparents, they said they were still concerned that the city’s obvious show of first-day force won’t keep their children safe in the weeks and months to come.

‘I think it’s just show-and-tell right now,’  said Annie Stovall, who walked her granddaughter, nine-year-old Kayla Porter, to Gresham Elementary School, which is about five blocks farther from home than  Kayla’s previous South Side school. ‘Five, six weeks down the road, let’s see  what’s going to happen.’

Kathy Miller stood in front of Gresham  Elementary with her three children, waiting for a bus that would take them to  another school. She scoffed at the Safe Passage program, in which guards clad in neon vests line Chicago streets, saying it won’t be long before brightly colored signs announcing the program’s routes will be riddled with bullets. ‘Those signs don’t mean nothing,’ she  said.

The preparation and show of force shows what’s at stake for Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest school  district, after it closed almost 50 schools last spring in the hopes of improving academic performance and saving millions of dollars. About 12,000 of the district’s 400,000 students were affected by the closures.


For months, parents, teachers and community  activists have warned that forcing children to pass through some of the city’s more impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods — where some already walking in the middle of the street to avoid being ambushed by gang members — to get to school puts them at undue risk.

Statistics suggest those concerns are valid.  An analysis of Chicago crime data by WBEZ-FM found that in 2013, there have been 133 shootings and 38 homicides in and around areas that have been newly marked as Safe Passage routes.

And if the attention Chicago received after a 15-year-old honor student was killed about a mile from President Barack Obama’s  home in January is any indication, there is no doubt a similar media firestorm will occur if a child is caught in gang crossfire on the way to or from school.

One officer standing outside Gresham Elementary summed up the pressure the police department and City Hall are under this year, joking that children ‘better not get a splinter or we’ll all be out  of a job.’

With the hope of preventing problems, the  financially strapped city hired 600 workers at a rate of $10 an hour to supplement a Safe Passage program that has existed since 2009, — launched the  same year a Chicago honors student’s beating death was videotaped.

Police worked with residents and CPS to map out routes near 52 of the so-called ‘welcoming schools’ that are taking in students from the closed schools. Along those routes, the city has put up scores of ‘Safe Passage’ signs.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel also deployed city departments to repair sidewalks, replace street lights, paint over graffiti and board up nearly 300 abandoned buildings.

On Monday, Emanuel didn’t mention Safe Passage, focusing instead on changes that have been made for this school year, starting with a full day of kindergarten. But last week, he told about 1,000  people at a training session that the program is ‘about more than just building a route to school. ‘It is about building a route to college, career and beyond…’ he said.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday he was pleased with how things were going, particularly in what he saw as  evidence of community and parent involvement. ‘I’m seeing small groups of kids being walked to school by their parents, or their older brothers or sisters,’ McCarthy told  reporters.

‘This goes to the heart of what we’ve been  talking about since I’ve been here, which is to me, this is an opportunity.  This is true community policing.’

But crime statistics and shootings, like the one in the Uptown neighborhood last week along a Safe Passage route, only underline what parents say is a fact of life: Danger lurks.

‘They will ride to school for the rest of their life, as long as I’m in Chicago,’ Jennifer Press said, explaining her  etermination to keep her kids out of harm’s way and from gangs from preying on them.

She was at Gresham Elementary to register her  four-year-old daughter there because the pre-Kindergarten class at a school  closer to her home is full.

For her part, nine-year-old Kayla professed  she wasn’t worried about all the gangs and the dangers of the streets that she’s heard her grandmother, Annie Stovall, and other grown-ups talk about — as long  as her grandmother and aunt who walked with her to school are nearby. ‘I’m going to be OK, as long as they’re with  me,’ she said.

While I’m all for protecting the children, it’s a shame it’s come to this. Gang activity is out of control in Chicago.

Good job “Dead Fish” Emanuel!


Wild Bill for America on Obamatown


Hopeful: Chicago’s gun registry on the ropes


State concealed carry legislation would invalidate maligned database

Chicago Tribune: Chicago’s 3-year-old gun registry could go away as part of the concealed carry law state lawmakers recently passed, but few are publicly mourning the loss of a database once heralded as a key part of the city’s gun control laws.

The registry, put in place by then-Mayor Richard Daley after the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out Chicago’s 1982 handgun ban, required people who wanted guns in Chicago to buy city permits and register the weapons with police.

Gun rights advocates derided the registry and Chicago’s municipal permit process as ineffective in curbing gun crime and an unfair burden for law-abiding gun owners.

The numbers indicate the registry wasn’t effective. There are now about 8,650 Chicago firearms permit holders who have registered around 22,000 firearms, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office. That’s compared with the roughly 150,000 Chicago households the University of Chicago Crime Lab estimates currently have guns.

The idea was that the list would be available to police officers and firefighters so they would know if they were responding to a call for help at a home where there were firearms, Daley said at the time.

But the registry was troubled from its inception, with aldermen noting on the day they voted for it that criminals who would be a threat to emergency workers were unlikely to submit an application to police ahead of time saying they had a gun.

And four months after the city created the registry, the database still wasn’t available to the Police and Fire departments. Daley said that failure was “annoying” and that “they should have it by now.”

Now the gun registry is on the verge of going away. During negotiations in Springfield to set up rules to allow people to carry concealed weapons, gun rights advocates won a concession to scrap the Chicago registry. The bill is now awaiting action by Gov. Pat Quinn, who could veto it, sign it or write changes into the legislation.

Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, singled out the elimination of the Chicago registry and permit process as one of the big improvements for gun owners in the state under the bill. “That goes bye-bye, and it’s a good thing because that was a terrible law,” Pearson said. “It didn’t serve any purpose except to harass law-abiding gun owners in Chicago.”

In a city where Emanuel has pressed for tougher gun control as street violence continues, the municipal registry’s disappearance will also take away an extra set of local hoops to jump through and additional cost for people who want to legally keep handguns in Chicago.

As part of the city’s registration process, prospective gun owners had to undergo extra training and fill out an additional application for each weapon after getting a state firearm owner’s ID (FOID) card. They also had to pay $100 every three years for a municipal gun permit. Only then could they legally buy a gun and register it, at a cost of $15 per gun. No more than one gun could be registered each month.

Registration and permit rules would now fall to the state. Under the legislation, a $150 concealed weapons permit issued by the Illinois State Police to applicants 21 and older would be valid for five years. In addition, 16 hours of training would be required before getting a permit. A series of provisions were was included in an attempt to prevent people with mental health problems from getting guns.

Last year, Emanuel pushed for a statewide gun registry similar to Chicago’s, reasoning it would help Chicago police trace guns used in crimes in the city. That idea, which garnered fierce opposition from several lawmakers who said it would be ineffective, did not make it out of the General Assembly.

The Emanuel administration declined to take a position on the new state law or the loss of the registry.


“The Chicago Police Department and the City Law Department are carefully reviewing the conceal carry bill that passed the legislature on (May 31), and it would be premature for us to comment on its impact on city laws before that review is complete,” City Hall spokesman Bill McCaffrey said in an email.

Finally, some common sense may be coming to Chicago?


Chicago trying to arrest gang members, Black Panthers protest


Kirk, Rush to meet about controversial gang proposal

Chicago Tribune: Sen. Mark Kirk’s proposal for mass arrests of Chicago’s Gangster Disciples triggered a small protest outside his Chicago office on Monday just as Rep. Bobby Rush — who dismissed the plan as an “upper-middle-class, white-boy solution” — announced he’ll meet with Kirk on Tuesday to talk about the issue.

Fred Hampton Jr., the son of slain Black Panther Fred Hampton Sr., led a handful of other activists who condemned the Republican senator’s idea, which he floated last month.

Hampton Jr., 43, called the proposal a war on the African-American community and charged it would encourage police to stop, question, harass and arrest young black men.

“This is nothing other than a euphemism for an intense war to be waged against the black community,” said Hampton Jr., who chairs the Prisoners of Conscience Committee and the Black Panther Party Cubs, both African-American grassroots groups.

black panthers

He and a handful of other activists gathered for about a half hour holding signs outside Kirk’s office at 230 S. Dearborn St.

“Take into account the history of how the City of Chicago has used such language,” Hampton Jr. said. “What we’ve seen is, there was the war on drugs and guns. That war made it justified … to shoot young brothers in the back, to close public schools, to make mass arrests under the umbrella of a war on gangs or guns.”

Hampton’s father was killed in 1969 during a law enforcement raid involving the Chicago police, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and the FBI. Hampton Sr. was a rising star in the Illinois Black Panther Party, which Rush co-founded and helped lead.

Debra Johnson, a spokeswoman for Rush, a Chicago Democrat, said the lawmaker stood by his criticism of Kirk even though he viewed gang violence not as a “black or white issue, but a national issue.”

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., will join the two at the meeting, Johnson said. Durbin’s office had no comment.

Last week Kirk said he wanted the 18,000-strong Gangster Disciples crushed and would seek $30 million in federal money for the effort. He spoke to reporters on Wednesday after he and Durbin met with Zachary Fardon, nominee for the top federal prosecutor’s job in Chicago.

Kirk later spoke to Carol Marin on WTTW-TV’s “Chicago Tonight,” saying he’d met last Tuesday with top officials of the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The officials told him it was key to give gang members long federal prison sentences in another state and “render them completely ineffective,” Kirk said.

Kirk’s office had no comment on the protest.

Heaven forbid the City of Chicago try to arrest those poor widdle gangsters. You’d think Hampton Jr. would be concerned about the intense war waged on Chicago citizens through the gun violence in the city. But that’s probably a racist idea.


Paging Piers “Musket” Morgan…


6 Dead, 22 Wounded In Holiday Weekend Violence

CBS Chicago: Six people have been killed and at least 22 wounded in violence across Chicago since Friday evening.

The most recent fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the Goose Island area on the city’s Near North Side. Charles Jones, 42, the manager of a Far South Side gentleman’s club, was shot to death in a confrontation with another motorist, whose 2005 Buick LaCrosse sideswiped Jones’ Maserati, police said.

Jones was shot about 2:50 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Branch Street and a 42-year-old woman in his car was wounded, police sad. Authorities said Jones lived in the 1100 block of North Dearborn in Chicago and also had a home in the 2900 block of Indian Creek Drive in Miami, Fla.

When Jones pulled over to talk to the driver of the Buick, the driver and a passenger the car, walked to another vehicle and then came back. One of them had a gun and shot Jones, police said. Jones was declared dead at 3:33 a.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The woman with Jones was shot in the back or hip and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said. Area Central detectives and the police Major Accident Investigation Unit were investigating, but nobody was in custody.

About 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Malcolm Dobbey, 27, was shot to death in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. Police officers had responded to a call of a disturbance in the 12100 block of South Indiana and, while dealing with the disturbance, found a man unresponsive in a backyard. Dobbey, 27, was pronounced dead at 3:20 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the medical examiner’s office. Area South detectives were questioning a “person of interest” in the fatal shooting, but no one had not been charged as of Sunday evening.

Two other men were shot to death in separate shootings Saturday on the South Side. Ferro Denard, 18, was shot in the head during a possible drive-by in the 7300 block of South Dorchester about 9:20 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. Denard, who lived on the block, was dead on the scene.

About 1:50 a.m. Saturday, Gregory Dixon, 29, was shot to death about half a mile from President Barack Obama’s Kenwood neighborhood home. Dixon buzzed the gunmen into an apartment building in the 1400 block of East 52nd Street, authorities said. The attackers then entered a unit through a door left ajar and shot Dixon in the chest and back. Dixon was dead on the scene, authorities said.

Two men were shot to death Friday night in separate shootings on the West Side.

About 11:45 p.m. Friday, Tevin Kirkman, 22, was found shot outside his home in the 1100 block of North Lawndale, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at 12:20 a.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital.

About 11 p.m. Friday, Leetema Daniels, 17, was shot in the head and died at the scene in the 400 block of North Central in the Austin neighborhood. An 18-year-old man was shot in the chest in that incident and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

At least 21 others have been wounded in violence throughout the city since Friday night.

Don’t hold your breath that Piers “Musket” Morgan will be reporting on this. As of Sunday afternoon, there was nothing about this on his Twitter feed. Coward. Gun violence is out of control in Chicago. Gee, I wonder why?



Illinois House approves gun plan opposed by governor


House passes gun bill over Quinn, Emanuel objections

Chicago Tribune:  Over objections of Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the House approved a concealed weapons bill today that is aimed at ending Illinois’ status as the last state in the nation without a law to allow its citizens to carry guns in public.

But the gun bill backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan goes to a Senate where President John Cullerton has denounced the proposal because it would override local gun laws like Chicago’s assault weapons ban.

Cullerton’s stance tempered the House victory, but sponsoring Rep. Brandon Phelps contended it is critical to move forward because Illinois faces next Friday’s deadline for the spring session’s adjournment and a court order that gives the state June 9 to fashion a law. A federal appeals court struck down the state’s ban on concealed carry.

“After years of debating this issue,” said Phelps, the state legislature’s leading gun rights advocate, “it is incredibly difficult if not darn near impossible to come to a middle ground on this issue. Every legislator on this floor has a different opinion when it comes to concealed-carry policy.

“Even among us gun-rights legislators and even among the gun-control legislators, our ideals of the perfect concealed-carry legislation is not identical,” Phelps said. “There is not a bill that we could possibly draw up in which every single legislator on this floor would be perfectly happy with. We live in Illinois. We never thought this day would come.” The House passed the bill 85-30, with one lawmaker voting present.

“This bill is a massive overreach. It is dangerous,” said Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, who lashed out at the often verbose NRA for taking no position on the legislation. “The idea somehow that the NRA is neutral on this is like saying that there’s a fox neutral on an appropriation to defund hen house security.”

The bill is designed to create a law that spells out who can carry concealed weapons in Illinois and where they can carry them, but the legislation’s removal of home-rule powers also wiped out local firearms laws—giving more fuel to the opposition of Quinn, Cullerton and Emanuel.

Chicago Democratic Rep. Ann Williams said the bill would wipe off the books local assault weapon bans and taxes on gun purchases, Williams called for the defeat of the Phelps bill and for support of a stricter, New York-styled law to “reflect the realities” of differences between rural areas and urban areas like Chicago.

A longtime opponent of concealed weapons, Madigan rose on the House floor and carefully went over the appeals court ruling. He pointed out requirements of reporting  mental health problems represented a “dramatic improvement” from current law. And he said the Emanuel administration got a prohibition of carrying guns at everything site where it wanted concealed weapons banned.

Madigan noted that anti-gun lawmakers got only 31 of 60 votes need for a strict, New York-styled bill called in the House in April. But he said gun rights lawmakers– whose legislation overrode home-rule and required 71 votes ended up with 64– even significantly after the speaker said he worked against the bill.

Madigan said gun rights advocates had estimated they had as many as 75 votes at the “high-water mark” before the speaker worked against that version of the bill. “Those vote counts are very telling,” Madigan said. “They tell the reason why I stand before you today, changing the position which I’ve advocated for well over 20 years. But that’s what happens in a democracy.”

Over time, he said, it is expected in a democracy that “there will be changes in thinking” by people in legislatures consistent with the thoughts of constituencies. Quinn quickly issued a statement vowing to block passage in the Senate. “This legislation is wrong for Illinois,” he said.

“The principle of home rule is an important one. As written, this legislation is a massive overreach that would repeal critical gun safety ordinances in Chicago, Cook County, and across Illinois. We need strong gun safety laws that protect the people of our state. Instead, this measure puts public safety at risk. I will not support this bill and I will work with members of the Illinois Senate to stop it in its tracks,” the statement read.

After lawmakers had gone home for the day, Emanuel’s office issued a statement opposing Madigan’s plan, saying the mayor is “committed to working with the leaders” on legislation to combat gun crimes and keep illegal guns off the street.

Cullerton’s attack on what he sees as a pro-gun tilt in the House bill escalated the drama between two chambers already at a standoff over how to fix a nearly $100 billion pension debt with only a week left in the spring session.

Unlike the Senate bill, the Phelps legislation would be no opportunity for communities to add specific locations where guns would be banned based on local sensitivities.

The Senate version would have set up a two-tiered system with one permit to carry outside Chicago and the Chicago Police Department issuing carrying privileges within the city. The House bill creates one statewide permit as long as qualifications are met. Overriding home-rule authority meant the bill would require a three-fifths majority of 71 House votes to pass.

Rahm "murder mayor" Emanuel

Rahm “murder mayor” Emanuel

Under the Senate bill, a person had to show proper reason to carry a gun. That restriction is not in the House bill.

The House version would put the Illinois State Police in charge of conducting background checks that include reviewing state and federal databases and doing additional interviews if necessary. Any law enforcement agency, including federal authorities, could object to an applicant getting a concealed carry permit.

But the measure also would let citizens who are denied applications appeal that decision to a new review board dominated by people with law enforcement experience, such as former judges or FBI agents. The Senate version had such appeals going to the same state police agency that denied them.

But Rep. Scott Drury, D-Highland Park, contended the penalties are weak, and he said law enforcement authorities should have a chance to appeal a review board decision just as citizens do. “This bill is not ready,” Drury said.

Both bills set out a long list of places people could not carry guns. Among them: CTA buses and trains, public parks, stadiums, zoos, casinos and government buildings. The two bills differ, however, when it comes to alcohol. The House version would ban guns in bars where more than 50 percent of sales come from liquor. The Senate bill has a more restrictive standard.

To qualify for a concealed carry permit, a person must be 21 and cannot have been convicted for a crime in which they served at least one year in prison. A person cannot be addicted to drugs or alcohol, or adjudicated as a mentally disabled person.

Permits could not go to a person who has been convicted of a serious crime or been in a mental health facility within the last five years. A mental health professional would have to certify that a person is not a clear and present danger to himself or others.

The legislation would require 16 hours of training, including shooting exercises. The cost of a concealed weapons permit would be $150 for five years, with $120 going to the state police, $20 for a mental health reporting fund and $10 to the state crime lab fund to help undo backlogs.

I almost feel sorry for people who live in Chicago. Their murder rate is so high that Mayor Emanuel has the “murder mayor” nickname now. Yet elections have consequences. And so does not being allowed to conceal carry in Chicago.


How’s that gun control working in Chicago?

The State of Illinois ranks a “29″ out of 100 on a scale of firearm freedom, with “0″ being total prohibition and “100″ being total freedom. Standard firearm ownership is restricted, and a firearm identification card (FOID) is required before you purchase or posses any rifle (Source: My copy of Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States, 2011.)

Chicago requires registration of all firearms. Carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited entirely. A FOID is required to transport a handgun. It is unlawful to carry or possess any firearm in any vehicle or concealed on or about the person, except on one’s land or fixed place of business. (Source: About.com.)

So with all these restrictions in place, how’s gun control working in Chicago? Just as you would imagine…


11 shot, 3 fatally, in city overnight

Chicago Tribune: A teenage boy and two men were killed in three separate shootings Friday night and Saturday morning in Chicago, according to authorities. At least eight others were also shot overnight on the South, West and Northwest Sides.

The first fatal shooting happened at 7:24 p.m. on the 7800 block of South Langley Avenue, said Chicago police news affairs officer Daniel O’Brien. The victim, identified as Clifton Barney, 17, was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The victim was on the street when a man or boy came up to him and shot him once in the chest, said Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. The shooter jumped into a tan, four-door car that drove west following the attack. No one was in custody as Area South detectives investigate, O’Brien said.

About 8:05 p.m., another fatal shooting happened, this time in the South Austin neighborhood, in the 200 block of North Mayfield Avenue, said O’Brien.

A 40-year-old man was shot in the head and was taken in critical condition to Loyola University Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, O’Brien said. The victim was identified as Ramar Bonner, 40, of the 700 block of North Lotus Avenue, and he was declared dead at 8:38 p.m. at Loyola, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Someone ran up to the man and shot several times, hitting him in the back of the head before fleeing on foot, police said.

The third homicide of the night happened about 3:50 a.m. in the 4800 block of West Iowa Street, police said. Police found a man dead there with a gunshot wound. Someone had had a short argument with him before shooting him, police said.

This morning, a 27-year-old man lay a front lawn, shot in the head, part of the exit wound visible on the lower part of his face. He was surrounded by shell casings.  It’s not clear why he was shot, but his shooter appeared to have done so from close range, as a number of shells from a 9mm gun lay next to his body.

Earlier, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg and had his condition stabilized at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said. Someone shot him in the 5400 block of West Wrightwood Avenue about 9 p.m., Greer said. The boy was walking with a few other people in the Cragin neighborhood when someone approached on foot and shot him.

In addition to those shootings, two 18-year-old men were shot in the Englewood neighborhood, police said. The shootings happened on the 5800 block of South Laflin Street at 10:20 p.m., according to Police news affairs officer Hector Alfaro. One of the men sustained a gunshot wound to his left calf and the other was shot in the hip, Alfaro said. Both were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where their conditions had stabilized.

The two men shot were described by police as mutual combatants who had family members who fought each other earlier in the day, eventually leaving to the double shooting. One of the men chased the other into his home at gunpoint and shot him once, police said. The second man returned fire, hitting the first. The second man is not cooperating with investigators, police said.

It’s not clear what their relatives were fighting over earlier in the day, though police said one man’s relative was believed to be a drug dealer, another man’s relative was believed to be a drug user. It’s not clear if either of the two will face charges.

About 10:50 p.m., a 34-year-old man was shot on the 12000 block of South Perry Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said. The man was standing outside when a light-colored SUV drove up and shot the man in the back and abdomen, police said. The man was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

In the Lawndale neighborhood, three people were shot on the 1200 block of South Kolin Avenue, police said. The shooting happened at 11:25 p.m., police said. Police found three guns near a garbage can in an alley near the crime scene: two described by police as Tec-9 or similar-style handguns and one AK-47-style gun with wood components.

Residents nearby described the gunfire as rapid and loud. At least two people approached the crowd and fired shots, tried to flee in a van but couldn’t, left the van in an alley and ran south on Kostner, police said.

A 38-year-old man, 38-year-old woman and 27-year-old woman were shot outside. A van, still running, sat in the alley west of Kolin Avenue and south of Roosevelt Road. The youngest woman is in “grave” condition while the other two are in slightly better condition.

About 3:35 a.m., a 20-year-old man showed up at Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. Greer said he was a passenger in a car near Division Street and Pulaski Road when another car pulled up and its occupants threw gang signs and shouted gang slogans before someone fired at the 20-year-old. He’s in stable condition at the hospital.

Bet Rahm “dead fish” Emanuel must be proud.


Chicago gun tax a “piece of the puzzle”


Cook County’s $25 Gun Tax Goes Into Effect

CBS Chicago: Gun sellers and owners haven’t been able to stop it, so a new $25-per-gun tax in Cook County went into effect on Monday.

WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports the new gun tax is estimated to generate $600,000 a year for Cook County. The gun tax ordinance includes an exemption for law enforcement officers who purchase guns in the county.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle pushed the gun tax last fall, as part of her $3 billion budget plan. Surrounded by gun violence victims and religious leaders at a church in the Pilsen neighborhood, Preckwinkle touted the new gun tax on Monday, but acknowledged it’s not a silver bullet in the fight against gun violence. “I know this tax will not unilaterally solve the violence issue that we face in Chicago and Cook County, but it’s a piece of the puzzle,” she said.

Yolan Henry – whose daughter, Nova, and granddaughter, Ava, were shot and killed in 2009 – voiced her support for the new tax. “I am here today to speak for my daughter, Nova Henry; her daughter, Ava Safiyah Henry-Curry; and a multitude of other victims that have been killed previously, and afterwards,” she said.

Nova Henry, the ex-girlfriend of former Bulls player Eddy Curry, was killed in her South Loop townhouse in January 2009. Fredrick Goings, an attorney Nova Henry hired in a child support case against Curry, has been convicted of killing Nova and Ava when he learned Nova had hired another attorney, and was planning to contest $24,000 in legal fees charged by Goings.

Preckwinkle has said revenue from the firearm tax would help pay for the costs of treating gunshot victims at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, as well as for the costs for gun-related law enforcement and prosecutions.

Gun sellers and owners have sued Cook County over the tax plan, saying it violates residents’ Second Amendment rights. They noted in their lawsuit that supporters of the gun tax have said it should reduce the number of guns in circulation, a sign it would infringe on the right to bear arms.

Commissioner Edwin Reyes (D-8th) told the Sun-Times the county should consider repealing the tax if the cost of defending the lawsuit would be greater than the revenue the tax would bring in.

Preckwinkle was expected to tout the new tax at an event at a South Side church, alongside a number of victims of gun violence.

The county also has targeted straw purchasers – people who buy guns legally, then sell them to others who can’t – by imposing fines of up to $2,000 for failing to report the transfer, loss, or theft of a gun.

A tax for law-abiding gun owners to solve a “piece of the puzzle”? When will these people learn that criminals will never obey gun control laws.

While they tout this tax as helping to prevent gun violence, maybe they should take a look at the perps of gun violence. Gun control Chicago had more gun violence this weekend (as usual):

Two men were fatally shot and 21 others were wounded in gun violence across the city over the Easter weekend, including a father and his 12-year-old son who were shot as they got out of a vehicle.

And on top of the gun violence, hundreds of (black) teens attacked pedestrians in downtown Chicago. Cook County and Chicago officials needs to get a grip on the violence in their city, and a $25 tax on guns isn’t going to solve that problem.