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Parkland students plan bus tour to target places where NRA “bought and paid for politicians”

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Be sure to vocalize your true agenda while on the road, kids…

There were record gun sales in April, the second month in a row.

The NRA has reached 6,000,000 members.

The NRA had record attendance at their annual convention in Dallas last month.

The NRA broke a 15-year fundraising record in April.

Donations to the NRA PAC tripled after the #GunControlNow crowd started targeting the NRA.

But hey, you kids keep doing your anti-Second Amendment thing. Hope to see you soon in Oklahoma!

From USA Today: A group of students-turned-activists from Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will be hitting the road next week on a nationwide bus tour aimed at educating voters — and encouraging them to actually vote to end gun violence.

“We’re going to places where the NRA has bought and paid for politicians who refuse to take simple steps to save our lives,” the March for Our Lives leaders said in a statement. The group will visit communities affected by gun violence “to meet fellow survivors and use our voices to amplify theirs.”

The March for Our Lives Road to Change will launch June 12 in Illinois, where the group will join the Peace March led by students from Chicago’s St. Sabina Academy. Cameron Kasky, one of the Florida group’s leaders, said Monday the two-month tour will make at least 75 stops in more than 20 states.

A separate tour will make stops in each of Florida’s 27 congressional districts.

“We can fix the political system,” Kasky said. “Our generation and the many generations that are helping us can change the game.”

The March for Our Lives drew millions of people to rallies across the nation and around the world demanding responsible gun laws. Its leaders included Kasky and several other Stoneman Douglas students who rose to national prominence in the days after a Valentine’s Day shooting rampage at the school killed 17 students and staff.

The last midterm elections, in 2014, drew the lowest turnout since World War II, Kasky said. He noted that 4 million teens will turn 18 this year.

“We are encouraging people around the country to educate themselves on their vote, to get out there and turn voting into more of an act of patriotism than a chore,” Kasky said.

The announcement came one day after graduation ceremonies honored the senior class, including four members slain in the attack — Nicholas Dworet, Joaquin Oliver, Meadow Pollack and Carmen Schentrup. Surprise commencement speaker Jimmy Fallon urged graduates to move forward and “don’t let anything stop you.”


Chicago “gun-sharing” station uses art to make point about gun violence

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Not a reality in Chiraq: A “gun share” program

The art though, does not accurately depict truth.

You don’t need “art” in Chiraq to “spark conversation” about gun violence. All one needs to do is take a look at the gun violence statistics in strict gun-control Chiraq to start a conversation.

From MyFoxChicago: An art installation called “The Metro Gun Share Program” is on display at Daley Plaza in Chicago.

The installation looks like a bike-sharing rack but instead of bikes, it appears that AR-15s are available. The guns are not real.

The installation is meant to “spark conversation” and raise money for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

According to CNN, Brady Center press secretary Max Samis said, “Our hope is to raise awareness of this important issue. We’re hoping the Chicago community can take advantage of this … and learn how simple it is for a civilian to obtain a weapon of war.”

According to Samis, since the Parkland school shooting in Florida in February, the Brady Campaign has advocated for three policy changes:

  • Extending background checks for all gun sales.
  • Banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
  • Passing extreme-risk protection order laws that allow courts to prohibit someone from owning a gun if they pose a threat to themselves or others.

Apparently Max has never actually served in war as he would know that an AR-15 is NOT a warfare weapon.

And apparently the Brady Center has not read the MULTITUDE of firearm laws already enacted by the Illinois General Assembly. See the following (which is not all of the encompassing firearm laws in the state):

  • (430 ILCS 65/) Firearm Owners Identification Card Act (which includes background checks)
  • (430 ILCS 66/) Firearm Concealed Carry Act (which includes background checks)

I guess it is much more effective to promote “art” which has nothing to do with the realities in Chicago.

Maybe Max should do some research to understand the true cause of gun violence in Chiraq. It’s not the lack of laws, the availability of “weapons of war” nor the high capacity magazines. It’s the politics and policies and subsequent economic impacts that persuade gangs to flourish.


Gun control, Chiraq style: 12 people shot on Tuesday, one killed

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No where to be seen in Chicago…

From MyFoxChicago: Twelve people were wounded, including a 4-year-old girl, and one person was killed Tuesday in shootings across the city.

The day’s only fatal shooting happened about 10:20 p.m. in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The 32-year-old was in a vehicle in the 4800 block of West Washington when he suffered a gunshot wound to the torso, according to Chicago Police. A relative then drove him to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the death Wednesday but did not release the man’s identity pending notification of his family.

A 4-year-old girl was among the 12 wounded throughout the day. The girl was shot while sitting on a porch with her parents in the South Side Gresham neighborhood.

She was shot in the shoulder at 7:38 p.m. in the 1000 block of West 88th when a dark-colored sedan pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said. She was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where her condition stabilized, police said. Area South detectives were investigating the shooting.

A 17-year-old boy was also wounded a few hours later in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood. The boy was walking about 10:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Avers when someone shot him in his arm. He was taken to Saint Anthony Hospital, where his condition stabilized, police said.

Three people were shot in East Garfield Park throughout the night.

Two were seriously wounded when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire while they were standing outside at 9:47 p.m. in the 3300 block of West Gladys. A 19-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition and a 24-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was also listed in serious condition.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the hand at 6:09 p.m. in the 500 block of North Ridgeway in East Garfield Park. He was in good condition and the circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately known, police said.

Two 25-year-old men were also grazed by bullets in separate incidents in East Garfield Park.

One man suffered a graze wound to the left leg while walking at 1:28 a.m. in the 3200 block of West Washington and the other suffered graze wound to his wrist about 7:05 p.m. in the 3100 block of West Madison, police said.

A bullet also grazed a 29-year-old man’s head about 3:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of West Jackson on the Near West Side.

The day’s final shooting happened at 11:58 p.m. in the Little Village neighborhood. A man was talking to a woman who was sitting in a vehicle when a dark colored vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots at 11:58 p.m. in the 2200 block of South Millard.

The man, 26, was struck in the shoulder and took himself to Mount Sinai Hospital where he is in fair condition. A 29-year-old woman who was sitting on a porch when the shooting occurred was hit in the stomach by a fragment. She was also taken to Mount Sinai where she was in good condition, police said.

Two men were also shot in Brainerd and in West Garfield Park.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: 11 shot (1 fatally) on Sunday, including a 5-year-old girl


From MyFoxChicago: One person was killed, and at least 10 others were wounded, Sunday in shootings across Chicago, including a 5-year-old girl hit by stray gunfire in the Albany Park neighborhood, Chicago Police said.

The girl was standing in a gangway at 1:29 p.m. in the 4600 block of North Monticello when a male fired shots at another male, striking her in the ankle, police said. She was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital, where her condition stabilized. No one was in custody as Area North detectives investigated the shooting.

Sunday’s fatal shooting happened about 7:40 a.m. in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, police said. Two men, ages 24 and 37, were walking in the 4800 block of West Monroe when they heard gunfire. The younger man was shot in the chest, while the older man was shot in the back. They were both taken to Stroger Hospital, where the younger man died and the older man was in good condition. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office hasn’t confirmed the death.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened in the South Side’s Park Manor neighborhood. About 11:25 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was entering a store when he was approached by two males in the 7100 block of South State Street, police said. The two males shot the boy in the neck while they tried to rob him. They drove off in a white Mazda but crashed the vehicle in the same block. Officers arrested the two after they ran from the crash. The suspects, whose ages were not released, were taken in for questioning. The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said.

Hours earlier, a man was shot during an argument in the West Englewood neighborhood. The 19-year-old man was shot in the left hand when a person he was arguing with took out a handgun and fired shots at 7:34 p.m. in the 1700 block of West 62nd Street, police said. He took himself to Holy Cross Hospital where he is in good condition.

Farther south, a man was shot in the leg in the Morgan Park neighborhood. The 27-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots at 5:46 p.m. in the 1600 block of West 119th Street, according to police. The man took himself to Roseland Community Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

In the Bronzeville neighborhood, a woman was hit by stray gunfire, police said. The 27-year-old woman was in the 4900 block of South Calumet Avenue about 5:40 p.m. when a light-colored car pulled up someone inside fired shots at another person on a bike. The woman was shot in the back and was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. Area Central detectives were investigating the shooting.

Two hours earlier, a man was shot in the foot on the Near West Side. The 26-year-old man was walking down the street when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots about 3:45 p.m. in the first block of South Western Avenue, according to police. He was taken to Stroger hospital where his condition was stabilized.

On the Northwest Side, a 27-year-old man was wounded Sunday morning in the Irving Park neighborhood. The man was driving in the 3600 block of North Kedzie Avenue about 4:20 a.m. when someone in a passing red Jeep Liberty fired shots and struck him in the buttocks, police said. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition stabilized.

Read about the rest of the shootings here.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: IG report says Chicago Police not reporting mentally ill gun owners


How about politicians and law enforcement actually ENFORCE current laws instead of demanding more “gun control” laws?

From MyFoxChicago: Chicago’s inspector general says police are failing on a requirement to tell the state when people are mentally unfit to carry a gun.

Inspector General Joe Ferguson said in a report released Wednesday that the state Firearm Owners Identification Card Act requires the Chicago Police Department to notify Illinois State Police within 24 hours of determining a person poses “a clear and present danger.” The ISP can revoke a permit to carry if the holder has been admitted to a mental health facility within five years.

The report says Chicago police reported only one of 37 incidents over 3 1/2 years when officers confiscated a gun from a person whom they had taken to a mental health facility.

Ferguson recommended Chicago police undergo more training on reporting requirements. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the department has adopted the recommendations.

More from the report:

The subset of 37 incidents identified by OIG does not represent the universe of all possible situations (nor can OIG calculate the total number of situations) in which CPD members interacted with an individual posing a clear and present danger. However, given the Act’s sweeping definition of “clear and present danger” (including physical and/or verbal behavior, whether suicidal or directed at another, and with no requirement that a weapon of any kind be involved) and complete lack of exceptions to law enforcement “clear and present danger” reporting requirements, OIG holds that the number of “clear and present danger” situations likely far exceeds the two reported incidents.

As a result of CPD’s noncompliance with the Act, individuals who should not be entitled to possess a firearm under federal or state law continue to exercise that legal right due to CPD’s inaction. Furthermore, without CPD reports of clear and present danger to ISP following the recovery and subsequent inventorying of a firearm, CPD may be returning firearms to individuals whose FOID Cards ISP would otherwise have revoked. In a time of tragically high gun violence in Chicago, and as part of a comprehensive crime strategy, full compliance with the Act’s reporting requirement provides CPD a key mechanism by which to prevent unnecessary gun violence and keep firearms away from those who are not legally entitled to their possession. Given the nature of its officers’ duties, specifically their interaction and engagement with individuals in active crisis and/or hostile situations, CPD holds the unique and essential position in the scheme of preventative gun violence as the assessor of clear and present danger and prompt for investigations by ISP into whether an individual should be entitled to possess a firearm. Anything less than full compliance with the Act’s law enforcement reporting requirement creates cracks through which individuals, likely to harm themselves or others with firearms, may fall.

Read the whole report here.


Chiraq sees drop in shootings and killings for 13 consecutive months


It’s a start. Yet there has been over 500 people shot so far this year in Chicago.

Chiraq is still not on my “places to visit any time soon” list.

From MSN: Killings and shootings continue to dip in Chicago, a city long plagued by gun violence, according to crime figures released Sunday.

March marked the 13th consecutive month of declining gun violence, the Chicago Police Department said. Shootings dipped 17% and murders dropped 25% compared to March 2017, figures show.

Year-to-date, murders dipped 22% and shootings dropped 25% compared to the same period in 2017, Chicago police said.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the city still has a long way to go to curb gun violence despite the steady progress. “We are making progress and certainly it’s not cause for celebration,” Johnson said. “But when you look at it you do have to acknowledge progress.”

The nation’s third largest city has made considerable gains over the past year. Chicago saw a 16% drop in murders from 2016 — the deadliest year in nearly two decades, with the city recording 771 murders — to 2017, when there were 650 murders.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Johnson said. “As long as we keep trending the way we are and we keep developing these relationships and partnerships and continue to invest in our police department, then we’ll see the gains that we’re looking for.”

Chicago police attributed the recent declines to the hiring of more officers, stronger community policing efforts and investments in technology, such as gunshot detection systems and predictive crime software to help deploy officers. The technology has been rolled out in nearly half of Chicago police districts, police said.

Max Kapustin, research director at the University of Chicago Crime and Education Labs, said the recent declines are encouraging, but it’s too early to celebrate.  “There are still way, way, way too many people being shot and being killed in the city,” he said. “The progress is real and it’s very important people realize that. It’s incremental, though, and we’ve still got a long way to go.”

Kapustin said it’s important police continue to make breakthroughs in more neighborhoods and don’t lose the gains they have made in specific areas.

Year-to-date, Chicago police have recovered more than 1,900 guns, which is up 3% over last year, according to the department. “I think gun recovery numbers are also very important. They’re a good predictor of what sort of year we’re going to have, I think, because the violence that we’re seeing is gun violence, period,” Kapustin said.

Johnson said the department will continue to increase its patrol numbers. Police said 86 new officers were deployed in March to bolster the 720 officers already hired as part of a two-year plan to add nearly 1,000 positions.

He said the department will also try to re-establish community partnerships in the coming months.  “CPD can’t do this alone, so we need those community partners to help us continue the crime reduction,” Johnson said.

President Trump has often criticized Chicago’s crime rate, usually talking or tweeting about the failure to fight gun violence there. Trump has also deployed federal authorities to the city.

Chicago isn’t the only city to see recent crime reductions. Baltimore, a city with one of the highest per capita homicide rates in the country, did not record a homicide for 11 days in February, the longest homicide-free period since March 2014.

In 2017, New York recorded its lowest homicide tally in decades, with 290 killings, the lowest since 1951, CNN affiliate PIX11 reported. The tally in New York last peaked in the early 1990s, with more than 2,000 killings a year, according to figures.


A happy ending in Chiraq: Prohibited possessor/armed robber shot by church security guard

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A “good guy with a gun” story the agenda-driven media don’t like to report.

From WGNTV (Chicago): An investigation is underway after an attempted armed robbery suspect was shot by a church security guard.

It happened just after 8 p.m. Wednesday near a church on the 4400 block of West Maypole in West Garfield Park.

Police said a 27-year-old gunman burst into the Maypole Avenue Church of Christ and announced a robbery. He was immediately confronted by a 57-year-old security guard, who is a concealed carry cardholder.

The two exchanged gunfire, ending with the offender critically injured with multiple gunshots to the chest. He remains in critical condition at Stroger Hospital.

The security guard suffered a single bullet wound to the left arm and is expected to recover.

It is unknown if anything is missing from the church. Area North is investigating.

According to CBS Chicago, the 25-year-old perp has been charged with multiple felonies including aggravated battery, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, attempted armed robbery, and aggravated discharge of a firearm.