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Snowstorm doesn’t deter Chiraq thugs: 11 shot, 3 dead since start of MLK weekend

Chicago is having a big snowstorm – hundreds of flights are cancelled and the temperature is below freezing. But since when has that stopped the criminals from not following Chiraq’s strict gun control laws…

From MyFoxChicago: Gun violence in Chicago has left at least three people dead and eight others wounded since the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend began Friday evening amid a blistery winter storm.

A woman was discovered with a fatal gunshot wound Saturday morning in the Avondale neighborhood on the Northwest Side, according to Chicago police. At 1:35 a.m., officers found her lying inside an apartment hallway in the 3900 block of West Roscoe. She had a bullet in her head and was pronounced dead on scene. Witnesses heard the woman, whose age was unknown, arguing with someone before gunshots rang out, police said.

That same hour, two people were shot, one fatally, in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side, police said. At 1:05 a.m., a 22-year-old man driving with a 19-year-old female passenger was stopped at a red light in the 2100 block of South Rockwell. Someone in a dark sedan pulled up and unleashed gunfire at the two.

The woman was struck multiple times in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The man was shot in the left arm and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t confirmed the death.

The weekend’s third murder was uncovered early Saturday in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. At 12:02 a.m., officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 1800 block of West 87th Street found 39-year-old Terrance E. Ross lying in an alley, according to Chicago police and the medical examiner’s office. He had a bullet in his head. Ross was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:18 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

In other weekend shootings, gunfire wounded four people at once Saturday morning in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

At 2:01 a.m., three women and one man were “involved in a fight on the street” in the 4400 block of West Madison when gunshots rang out, police said. It was unclear who the shooter was. The three women — ages 26, 28 and 35 — were all shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital, police said. The man, 44, was grazed in the right thigh and walked into West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park.

Two shootings reported Friday evening both involved men fighting off would-be robbers, one on the North Side and one on the West Side.

One man was shot while attempting to fend off an attempted robber in the West Rogers Park neighborhood. The 30-year-old was on the street when someone walked up to him with a gun and demanded his possessions at 6:08 p.m. in the 6400 block of North Campbell Avenue, police said. He tried to grab the gun from the person, who fired three shots into his leg before fleeing into an alley.

A similar situation unfolded about thirty minutes earlier in the West Side Austin neighborhood. A 48-year-old was approached by another male who showed a gun and announced a robbery about 5:30 p.m. in the 100 block of North Parkside Avenue, police said. The man knocked the gun out of the attempted robber’s hand, but it discharged when it hit the ground, striking him in the foot.

The holiday weekend began at 5 p.m. Friday concludes at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Last weekend, at least 11 people in Chicago were shot, three fatally.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: Man who fired gun & linked to deaths of two Chicago Police officers could be released soon

Perp Edward Brown: Just wanted to see if the pistol worked….or something

The perp said he “found” a pistol and “wanted to see if it worked.”

The perp is “hanging in there” after the two officers lost their lives.

Despicable.

From MyFoxChicago: The man being held in connection with the deaths of the two Chicago police officers who were killed by a train could soon be released from jail, as a community group says it’s helping to get Edward Brown released on bond.

It was four weeks ago Monday night that Brown was arrested for alleging firing the gunshots which led officers Conrad Gary and Eduardo Marmolejo onto the railroad tracks where they were hit by a train.

Brown is still in jail, needing $20,000 for release on bond. “He’s hanging in there,” said defense attorney Frank Koustoros. “You know, nobody wants to be in jail, but he’s hanging in there.”

It looks like Brown could be released very soon.

“We are planning to post bond this week, yes,” said Sharlyn Grace of Chicago Community Bond Fund. “We’re just waiting on a couple more things to come through.”

The Chicago Community Bond Fund uses donated dollars to help defendants post bond and remain free while fighting their cases. “When a case like this that’s high profile comes up, we know it’s even more important than usual that somebody really enjoys the presumption of innocence,” said Grace.

Brown was back in court Monday where prosecutors revealed he’s been indicted on the two weapons charges for which he was arrested.

Members of Brown’s family, including his mother, were in the courtroom, but through his attorney, they declined to talk about the case.

“He’s not alone in this world,” said Koustoros. “He has a lot of love and support from his family and friends.”
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) wanted a felony murder charge.

“We are continually disappointed with the Kim Foxx administration when the police are the victims of crime,” said an FOP spokesperson.

The spokesperson added the FOP will be shocked and disappointed if Brown gets out on bond.

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Armed woman takes out thug at Chicago bus stop

From Fox News: A 25-year-old woman with a concealed carry license shot and killed the man trying to rob her at gunpoint near a Chicago bus station Tuesday morning, police said — noting she needed just a single shot to take down the would-be robber.

The unidentified woman was at the bus stop in Chicago’s Fernwood neighborhood just after 6 a.m. when the man, identified as 19-year-old Laavion Goings, pulled a gun and attempted to rob her, WLS reported. Surveillance video from a nearby convenience store showed the woman waiting at the stop and Goings approaching her and aiming his gun, officials said.

The woman, however, was prepared. She pulled out her own weapon and shot Goings in the neck before fleeing the area to seek help.

Police found Goings about a block away. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

“It’s tragic that he did die, but the lady had to do what she had to do,” Bianca Daniel, who lives near the shooting scene, told WLS. “She’s on a bus stop, probably going to work, you know, and she has to encounter that early in the morning. I’m kind of proud that, like, that’s what she did because she stuck up for herself.”

Another neighbor said: “I’m glad that she had concealed carry and good aim, because there is so much going on in these streets.”

The woman, who suffered minor injuries during the incident, is not expected to face charges.

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Merry Christmas, Chiraq style: 1 killed, 22 shot since Friday night

Strict gun control laws don’t even work during the Christmas season.

From MyFoxChicago: Sun Times Media Wire – At least 23 people in Chicago were shot, one fatally, since the weekend began Friday evening.

The murder occurred outside a club early Saturday in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. A 32-year-old man was shot after walking out of a club about 4:35 a.m. in the 2000 block of West 63rd Street, according to Chicago police. Two bullets struck his abdomen and one hit his left leg. He was taken in critical condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office did not immediately confirm the death.

In nonfatal shootings, a teenage man was critically wounded during a drive-by shooting at night in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.

Late Friday, gunfire seriously wounded a 26-year-old man outside of Percy L. Julian High School in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the South Side.

Last weekend, a west suburban man was killed and 23 others were wounded in shootings throughout Chicago.

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Never let a crisis go to waste: Rahm Emanuel calls for gas tax increase

He apparently hasn’t seen what is happening in France.

From ABC 7: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and members of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus are calling on lawmakers to raise the gas tax as part of a capital bill to pay for much-needed transportation infrastructure repairs and improvements.

The proposal would raise the gas tax by 20 to 30 cents per gallon.

It may seem like a big ask, but Mayor Emanuel and others believe there is a bigger problem with the state’s transportation infrastructure, particularly in the Chicago area, that cannot be ignored any longer.

“This has to be about achieving a permanent fix to our chronic transportation funding shortages,” said Joe Szabo, Executive Director Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. “We’re at a crisis point and the worst thing we could do now is to settle for a short term funding solution that will put us back in the same situation five or ten years from now.”

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, or CMAP, represents 285 communities in seven counties.

In the mayors’ proposed 20-to-30-cents per gallon increase, every five cents would provide an estimated $250 million in revenue statewide, including $20 million for Chicago. The money could be used to pay for road, bridge or rail improvements.

“If you take the lower range, the 20 cents, and since we haven’t raised it since 1990, that would be just about equal to what inflation was since 1990, that’s just catching up to where we were,” Emanuel said.

Chicago drivers are already paying one of the highest motor fuel taxes in the country, 49 cents a gallon, plus another 10.5 percent sales tax on top of that. The thought of raising it even further seemed jarring to some.

“Yikes. That’s pretty steep,” said Linda Sandoval, driver.

“There’s got to be a better way to find that money. They do need repair, but there’s got to be other means to get that money besides from a gas tax,” said driver John Heider. “It seems like we’re being penalized to get to and from work.”

The Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association said the proposed tax hike would be disastrous to retailers, especially those near state lines.

Wednesday Mayor Emanuel will roll out another plan to deal with the city’s pension problems. A source confirmed he will call for the legalization of marijuana, and a Chicago casino with all the revenue going to pay for the city’s pensions.

He will also push for a constitutional amendment to eliminate the pension protection clause.

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Just another typical Sunday in Chiraq: 22 shot, 2 fatally

Not even the freezing weather is gonna stop the criminals…

From MyFoxChicago: At least 22 people in the city were shot, two fatally, over a 24-hour period on Sunday.

The latest homicide happened when a man died after he was found with a gunshot wound at night in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side.

At 8:23 p.m., officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 2600 block of South Homan and discovered the 42-year-old lying on the ground, according to Chicago police. He was taken with a bullet in his chest to Mount Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t confirmed the fatality.

The other deadly shooting claimed the life of a 23-year-old man was spotted lying in front of a home Sunday morning in the Galewood neighborhood, police said. The man was spotted at 3:51 a.m. on a front porch in the 2100 block of North Mulligan. He died after being taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood with a bullet in his chest, police said.

The latest shooting left a 26-year-old man wounded at night on a street in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.

At 9:54 p.m., he was walking down the street in the 1000 block of West 76th Street when he heard a “loud noise,” police said. He felt pain in his leg and discovered he had been shot. The 26-year-old was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.

Roughly nine shell casings were spotted around the street as officers scoured the scene of the shooting. A black jacket slumped on the grass near the casings.

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Why no Red Flag law enforcement? Mercy Hospital shooter allowed to purchase gun despite previously threatening to shoot up fire academy

Last Monday a shooter went to Mercy Hospital in Chicago and killed his ex-fiancé, a pharmacy resident and a Chicago police officer. He shot himself yet was killed by a police bullet. The shooter wanted a ring back from his ex-fiancé, which led to this tragic incident.

Read about the whole incident here.

Of course without knowing all the details about the shooter, the gun grabbers blamed the NRA, Dana Loesch and lack of gun control.

Let’s take a look at the details we now know, shall we?

According to the Chicago Tribune, the shooter had a troubled history, particularly with women. From their report:

Five years ago, the shooter had threatened to shoot up the Chicago Fire Department Academy, around the time he was fired for failing to show up to work while facing allegations of “improper conduct” toward women there.”

According to a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department, the shooter was accused of aggressive and improper conduct toward females at the academy and he did not successfully complete his training and was terminated before he finished the academy. No one at the Academy ever reported the threat made to shoot up the Academy to the police.

In 2014, his ex-wife obtained a temporary order of protection against him, alleging that he slept with a pistol under his pillow and had pointed a gun at someone.

Police had advised his ex-wife on how to get a protective order. Police did not investigate further (after the shooter sent his ex-wife harassing texts) nor did they seek out the shooter. The police had “limited probable cause” to pursue the matter.

More details included in that temporary order of protection from Chicago Tribune:

The shooter had twice “pulled out his gun with intent to harm” people when he felt threatened or startled in the prior weeks. In the first instance, he pointed a gun at a real estate agent who arrived at his apartment after forgetting that he had scheduled an appointment to show the home. In another incident, the shooter “felt threatened by a neighbor and ran outside with his gun to look for him,” according to the court records.

The order signed by a judge that day included a demand that Lopez “should be ordered to surrender any and all firearms to the local law enforcement agency.” The order of protection was in effect just over two weeks. A judge dismissed it Dec. 17.”

Despite the two incidents above (threat to shoot up the Academy and temporary protective order), the shooter was licensed to carry a concealed weapon. It was unclear whether the shooter’s alleged past conduct had ever led to any review or temporary revocation of his permission to own or carry a gun.

The shooter was able to obtain an FOID card and a concealed carry permit in 2016. Chicago Police reviewed his application and were unaware of the dismissed protective order. Since the protective order was dismissed, the police could not have denied the shooter a license to carry.

One final note from the Chicago Tribune report: “It was unclear whether Lopez’s legal ability to own or carry a gun was ever challenged or revoked. Officials from the Illinois State Police, the agency responsible for issuing those credentials, declined to comment.”

As defenders of the Second Amendment, we are big fans of due process. From the looks of it, the shooter did not have any legal reason why he could not obtain an FOID license.

But what about the “Red Flag” law that is designed to confiscate firearms of a person deemed an immediate and present danger to themselves or others?

About the “Red Flag” law in Illinois (excerpts from 430 ILCS 65/1):

“Sec. 1. It is hereby declared as a matter of legislative determination that in order to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, it is necessary and in the public interest to provide a system of identifying persons who are not qualified to acquire or possess firearms, firearm ammunition, stun guns, and tasers within the State of Illinois by the establishment of a system of Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards, thereby establishing a practical and workable system by which law enforcement authorities will be afforded an opportunity to identify those persons who are prohibited by Section 24-3.1 of the Criminal Code of 2012, from acquiring or possessing firearms and firearm ammunition and who are prohibited by this Act from acquiring stun guns and tasers.”

The statute goes on to describe ways in which firearms can be confiscated from a person who communicates a serious threat or physical act of violence against a reasonably identifiable victim; or demonstrates a threatening physical or verbal behavior such as assaultive threats or actions. This can be determined by a law enforcement official, among other people.

Just how “workable” is this system?

The shooter had clearly communicated a serious threat of violence when he threatened to shoot up the Chicago Fire Department Academy. The shooter displayed assaultive actions when he pulled out his gun with intent to harm.

Why did no one report these incidents to the local police? Why did no one feel the need to initiate a proceeding to enforce the Red Flag law?

Gun grabbers want laws on the books to confiscate firearms of dangerous people. Yet are these laws intentionally designed to be useless? This Red Flag law is only enforceable IF someone takes action.

According to gun grabbers Everytown: “Red Flag Laws can save lives by creating a way for family members and law enforcement to act before warning signs escalate into tragedies.”

Key word here is “act.”

If no one acts on warning signs, then dangerous people cannot be stopped.

The cynical side of me believes the “Red Flag” law was designed with inherent flaws. Not everyone will “act” to prevent shootings.

And by the reasoning of gun grabbers, if gun control laws don’t work then shouldn’t the government – as the protector of public safety – confiscate all guns? After all, it would be much less messier to confiscate than nuke the “resisters.”

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Chicago gang member missed the gun control memo, found with AK-47

No doubt the gang member purchased the weapon in Indiana

From MyFoxChicago: A gang member from Chicago is facing charges after being found with an assault rifle Wednesday in northwest suburban Rosemont.

Julio C. Perez, 30, was charged with felony counts of possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor counts of possession of a weapon and ammunition without a FOID card, according to Rosemont police.

On Wednesday, detectives surveilling Perez saw him place a “long narrow object wrapped in a towel” into the trunk of a vehicle, police said. Based on information from sources, investigators believed it was a rifle.

Detectives then followed the vehicle into Rosemont before pulling Perez over in the 10400 block of Carol Court, where he was taken into custody, police said. After obtaining a search warrant, investigators found an AK-47 rifle and 71 rounds of ammunition in the vehicle’s trunk.

Perez, who is a documented and self-identified gang member, is being held at Cook County Jail on $750,000 bail, police said. His next court date was set for Dec. 6.

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Politics as usual: After synagogue shooting, demorats want you to vote for gun safety yet ignore continued shootings in Chiraq

A day after a nut job opened fire in a synagogue and killed 11 people, the demorats tweeted the following:

No American should have to fear for their life when going into a place of worship — or anywhere else. Bigotry and hate have no home here. Let’s work together to elect leaders who will protect the American people from senseless gun violence.

According to Breitbart, the shooter has several firearms and hunting licenses registered in his name which means he passed a background check.

Somehow, more gun laws will stop gun violence. Hint: Gun laws don’t stop criminals.

Let’s take a look at Chiraq’s Sunday headlines to see how their very, very strict gun safety legislation protected American people from senseless gun violence, shall we?

All headlines from MyFoxChicago:

Simple fact, demorats: You can never make enough laws to guarantee good behavior from people who are willing to break the law.

I know liberalism will never allow you to understand that logic so keep on politicizing every mass shooting. That will not convince me give up my guns.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: 18 shot, 6 killed since Friday night

Don’t be surprised if the body count goes up by Monday morning…

From MyFoxChicago: At least six people were killed and 12 others were wounded since 5 p.m. Friday in citywide shootings, spanning from a sidewalk next to River North’s nightclubs to a single West Side block where two separate homicides erupted less than 24 hours apart.

The most recent reported shooting happened early Sunday in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

At 2:04 a.m., a 23-year-old man was standing on a sidewalk in the 3300 block of West Montrose when he heard shots and felt pain, according to Chicago police. He was taken with a gunshot wound in his right leg to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

Soon after, a double shooting struck the West Side Austin neighborhood.

At 1:52 a.m., officers arrived at the 100 block of North Lockwood Avenue and found the woman, of an unknown age, and a 26-year-old man shot inside a parked car, according to police. The woman had already died from a gunshot wound to the head, police said. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital with multiple bullets inside him and pronounced dead.

In the Roseland neighborhood on the Northwest Side, another man was shot in the right leg early Sunday. At 1:45 a.m., the 32-year-old was standing on a sidewalk in the 11000 block of South Wentworth Avenue when a bullet struck him, police said. The man was taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

Saturday’s latest shooting left one man dead in the Gage Park neighborhood on the South Side, according to police. At 10:43 p.m., a 21-year-old man was driving east on the 2700 block of West 58th Street when gunfire entered his vehicle and caused him to careen into a parked vehicle, police said. He was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center with a bullet in his left shoulder, police said, and was later pronounced dead.

Yellow crime tape cordoned off the street as Area Central police were investigating the homicide. The 21-year-old’s black Chrysler minivan stood on the street with the back window punched out from the bullets.

Another homicide Saturday happened in the same East Garfield Park block where another man was shot to death less than 24 hours before.

Leetemi Daniels, 41, was shot multiple times just after 2:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of West Washington Boulevard, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.Daniels was struck in his abdomen and chest, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Friday, 34-year-old Rodney Jernigan was fatally shot as he walked down a sidewalk in the same block Friday, police said. According to the medical examiner’s office and police, Jernigan was shot in his chest and head, and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In the morning Saturday, a fatal double shooting unfolded in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

About 5:20 a.m., two men were sitting in a vehicle parked in an alley in the 4400 block of North Bernard Street when someone approached them on foot and opened fire, police said.

Roberto Ramirez, 23, was shot in his head and was pronounced dead at the scene, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. The other man, 22 years old, was shot in the face and taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, police said. Ramirez lived a block away from where he was shot, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Last weekend, citywide gun violence left 27 people shot, three of them fatally.

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