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After Charleston church shooting, Republican strategist Karl Rove joins chorus calling for gun control

Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s first White House adviser and now mayor of gun-control and gun-homicide Chicago, famously said “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

Even before the bodies of the nine blacks allegedly shot to death by Dylann Roof in a church in Charleston, SC, went cold, the usual voices calling for gun control are heard, notably:

  • Charleston Mayor Joe Riley blamed the killings on the “easy ability for people to gain possession” of guns. He said, “I personally believe there are far too many guns out there, and access to guns, it’s far too easy. Our society has not been able to deal with that yet.” He then used the church shooting as “another example of why” more gun-control measures should be enacted.
  • Hillary Clinton, in a speech on June 20 at a conference of U.S. mayors, called for “common-sense” gun control measures and said the Charleston shooting was not an “isolated” tragedy, but a chilling reminder of enduring racism and “bigotry” in the U.S. (Source: WSJ)
  • Barack Obama echoed Riley, saying “We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hand on a gun.”
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Joseph P. Riley Jr.

Democrat Joseph P. Riley Jr. will be retiring next year after 40 years (!) as Charleston’s mayor. Coincidentally or not, Riley is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a bi-partisan gun control group co-chaired by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino.

Yesterday, June 21, on “Fox News Sunday,” Republican strategist and longtime gun rights advocate Karl Rove joined the gun control chorus. He opined that the only way to stop gun-related violence like the Charleston church massacre is to repeal Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Sounding like a teenager with his profligate use of the word “basically,” Rove said:

“I mean basically the only way to guarantee that we will dramatically reduce acts of violence involving guns is to basically remove guns from society, and until somebody gets enough ‘oomph’ to repeal the Second Amendment, that’s not going to happen.”

The Charleston church shooting is tailor-made for gun control advocates. For that reason, although I’m weary to the bone with false flags, I will look into the shooting and report on my findings tomorrow.

See also “Charleston church killer Dylann Roof’s racist manifesto“.

H/t Barry Soetoro, Esq. and Kelleigh.

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Take a wild guess as to what happened in Chicago this past weekend…

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MyFoxChicago: Two people were killed and at least 16 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

One man was shot dead and another was wounded in a drive-by shooting early Sunday in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood.The men were standing on a corner in the 4400 block of South Honore about 12:30 a.m. when a red SUV and a light car pulled up and the occupants fired shots, police said. A 40-year-old man was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A 38-year-old man was shot in the neck and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized.

People who knew the 40-year-old gathered under sheets of rain at the scene, some arguing with police about why his body was still on scene an hour after the shooting. Friends of the victim said he had been released from a three-year prison stint a couple months ago.

Carmen Galzan, 37, said she had grown up with the man in the neighborhood and described him as a “silly” and “funny” friend. She said he had been gang-affiliated since he was a kid. “He just came out of jail, and he was just tired,” Galzan said. “He was just tired of living this life.”

The other fatal shooting of the weekend happened early Saturday in Englewood. Kelly Burrell, 23, and a 20-year-old man were on a porch in the 7300 block of South Green at 2:50 a.m. Saturday when a light-colored vehicle drove up and someone inside fired shots, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

Burrell was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said. She lived on the same block as the shooting. The man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and a graze wound to the abdomen and his condition was stabilized, police said.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Officers responding to a call of shots fired about 12:50 p.m. in the 2800 block of West Polk found a 20-year-old man on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the back, police said. He was taken in serious condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

At least 13 other people have been wounded in separate shootings across the city since 5:30 p.m. Friday.

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Gun control, Chicago style: 5 killed, 27 wounded in weekend shootings

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MyFoxChicago: Five people were killed and at least 27 others have been hurt in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

The most recent fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Two males were driving in the 1600 block of North Cicero about 3:50 a.m. when a light-colored vehicle pulled up alongside and someone inside fired shots, police said. One of the males was shot in his head and the other male was shot multiple times in his body, police said. Their ages were not immediately available. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where they were pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatalities.

Early Saturday, a 17-year-old boy was shot dead in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side. Richard Edwards and an 18-year-old man had left a party about 2:15 a.m. after they were “involved in an altercation,” according to police and the medical examiner’s office. As they were driving in a van in the 700 block of West 35th Street, a light-colored SUV pulled up and someone inside opened fire, police said. Edwards, of the 3900 block of South Lake Park, was shot in the armpit and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. The other man was shot in the hand and shoulder and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized, police said.

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As police investigated, a woman who said she was the teen’s mother was a half block away on Halsted, crying and pleading with officers to let her see her son’s body, which was covered by a sheet. “I just want my child,” she said. “I need to touch him. I need to hold him. I need to feel him.”

Late Friday, a 27-year-old man was discovered fatally shot in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Juan Ugalde was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the side of his face just before 10 p.m. in the 2300 block of South Washtenaw, authorities said. Ugalde, of the 2800 block of West 21st Street, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The weekend’s first shooting left 34-year-old Laurance Boyd dead Friday evening in the West Pullman neighborhood, authorities said. Boyd was sitting in a parked vehicle about 6 p.m. in the 1300 block of West 122nd Street when a gunman walked up and fired multiple shots, police said. The shooter then ran off eastbound.

Edwards, of the 12700 of South May in Calumet Park, was shot twice in the back and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died, officials said.

Early Saturday, five people were shot when gunfire erupted outside an Austin neighborhood party on the West Side. They were outside the party in the 0-100 block of North Lorel about 3 a.m. when a gunman approached from a gangway and opened fire, police said.

A 33-year-old woman was shot in the “neck or face” and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, police said. A 37-year-old woman was shot in the buttocks and a 38-year-old woman in the hand. They were also taken to Mount Sinai, where their conditions stabilized, police said. Two men — ages 23 and 26 — were each shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions stabilized.

The weekend’s most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday morning in Englewood. A 38-year-old man was sitting in a vehicle in the 5700 block of South Lowe a few minutes after 5 a.m. when someone fired shots, police said.

He was shot in the left leg and someone drove him to Christ Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, police said.

At least 20 other people have been shot in separate attacks since Friday 7:45 p.m. Friday.

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Pfleger, who has his head buried in the sand

Meanwhile, instead of facing the real cause of these criminal acts, Reverend Michael Pfleger listed recent shootings in heavily gun-controlled Chicago then said the NRA “will pay pay for the murder of our children.”

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Another deadly weekend in Chicago: 2 killed, 21 wounded in weekend shootings

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MyFoxChicagoTwo people were killed and at least 21 others, including a 13-year-old boy, have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday afternoon.

A West Side man has been charged for the weekend’s most recent fatal shooting, in which a 25-year-old southwest suburban man was gunned down during a robbery early Saturday in the North Side Lake View neighborhood. Kristopher K. Pitts, 22, faces one count each of first-degree murder and robbery armed with a firearm, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

Pitts, of the 1100 block of North Central Park, was arrested after being identified as the man who shot Kevin O. O’Malley twice in the chest during a violent robbery about 2 a.m. in the 900 block of West Oakdale, authorities said. O’Malley, of the the 10600 block of Palos West Drive in Palos Park, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An officer at the scene said the shooting might have stemmed from an armed robbery for a cell phone.

Pitts fled the scene of the shooting but was arrested a short time later, police said. He was scheduled to appear in bond court Sunday.

Two hours earlier, a man was shot to death in Little Village.

About midnight, 24-year-old Jose Velasquez was walking with his spouse in the 2100 block of South Fairfield when two or three people walked up to them from a gangway, yelling and opening fire, authorities said. Velasquez, of the 2800 block of West 21st Street, was shot in the back and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:41 a.m., authorities said.

A 13-year-old boy was critically injured Saturday afternoon in a Homan Square neighborhood shooting on the West Side. The boy was in the passenger seat of a van in the 3200 block of West Lexington when someone fired shots from a red SUV about 2:45 p.m., police said. The SUV sped away eastbound on Lexington. Family members drove the boy to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, police said.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. An 18-year-old man was heading westbound in the 3900 block of West Congress at 5:25 a.m. when a light-colored car pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said. He was dropped off at Mount Sinai Hospital with gunshot wounds to his right shoulder and left forearm, police said. He was listed in critical condition Sunday morning.

At least 19 others have been shot in separate attacks across Chicago since 4 p.m. Friday.

Additionally, a 43-year-old man was fatally stabbed in a Pilsen neighborhood bar early Saturday, police said. About 12:40 a.m., Rodolfo Avina was stabbed in the neck while he was in a bar in the 900 block of West 18th Street. Avina, who lived in the 700 block of North Franklin, was dead at the scene, authorities said. Ulises Almaraz, 29, of Berwyn, faces one count of first-degree murder in connection with the death, Chicago Police announced early Sunday. He is scheduled to appear in court Sunday.

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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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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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