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FOIA emails reveal Obama White House exploited Sandy Hook for gun control

Rahm Emanuel, current Chicago mayor and former Obama White House chief of staff (January 2009 to October 2010), famously said:

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

That’s precisely what the Obama administration did with the Sandy Hook “massacre” of December 14, 2012, as revealed in an exchange of emails between Emanuel and Obama’s Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Ann Costantino reports for The Baltimore Post, May 23, 2018, that a Baltimore Post reporter, who was researching another matter, obtained the emails by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request last summer with the U.S. Department of Education.

Constantino writes:

But even before [Sandy Hook] victims were laid to rest after their fatal shootings, former U.S Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel exchanged messages on how to frame the tragedy, politically.

During a roughly 10 minute period, the native Chicagoans exchanged seven messages two days following the massacre, in which Mayor Emanuel, who had previously served as President Barrack Obama’s chief of staff, advised Secretary Duncan on what position he should take on the Sandy Hook shootings.

The email exchange between the two men began at 6:57PM EST on December 16, 2012, with an email titled “CT shootings” from Duncan to Emanuel, asking: “What are your thoughts?”

Emanuel quickly responded 5 minutes later: “Go for a vote this week before it fades. Tap peoples emotion. Make it simple assault weapons.”

Duncan: “Yup- thanks.”

Emanuel: “When I did brady bill and assault weapons for clinton we always made it simple. Criminals or war weapons.”

Duncan: “Gun show loophole? Database?  Cop-killer bullets? Too complicated?”

Emanuel: “Cop killer maybe. The other no.”

Duncan: “Got it.”

Below are screenshots of the emails:

Obama White House Sandy Hook emails

When confronted with their emails on exploiting Sandy Hook for gun control, neither Duncan, Emanuel, nor their office staff chose to respond.

However, Duncan did address gun control in a recent interview in The Atlantic, in which he lamented that although “We played by all the rules after Sandy Hook. We did a study, we did a report, we worked with Congress, and guess what we accomplished? Nothing.” But he is more optimistic today because of the February 14 Parkland school shootings and the students mobilized:

“Nothing we have done to date has worked. We have absolutely failed. I have failed. We’ve all failed. But I am also more hopeful today than I have been at any time since the Sandy Hook massacre.”

H/t Tony Mead

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~Eowyn

This is Chiraq: 11 shootings (3 killed) during three-hour span

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Year-to-date totals: 964 shot and wounded, 187 shot and killed and 1,151 total shot.

Guess they need more gun control laws…

From Fox News: Chicago police say at least 11 people were shot, including three who died, in a three-hour span on the city’s South and West sides.

Police say six people were shot at a part in the West Woodlawn neighborhood at around 1 a.m. Sunday. One of them, a 39-year-old man, died.

The other five people who were shot were 24- and 21-year-old men who suffered leg wounds, a 21-year-old man who was grazed in the head, a 24-year-old woman who was shot in an arm, and a 19-year-old man who was shot in the back.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the other people killed Sunday were a 29-year-old man who was shot while sitting in a vehicle and a man who was shot and drove himself to a hospital, where he died.

Also: A 12-year-old boy was struck by a stray bullet in another incident. From MyFoxChicago:

A 12-year-old boy was struck by stray gunfire Saturday afternoon in the Riverdale neighborhood on the Far South Side.

At 4:19 p.m., the boy was standing in the 300 block of East 130th Street when two males started shooting at each other, according to Chicago Police.

He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition, police said.”

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Liberal utopia: Chicago leads US in underwater homes

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From MyFoxChicago: The U.S. housing market has been on the rebound in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, but one major city has thousands of homes that remain underwater.

A recent report from the real estate website Zillow shows Chicago leading the country with 254,000 homes in negative equity. Twenty percent of the quarter million people with underwater mortgages owe double the current value of the home.

Los Angeles, the only other U.S. metro area bigger than Chicago, had 74,000 underwater homes, while San Francisco had 20,000.

Cities that were hardest hit by the housing crisis have rebounded. Less than 10% of homes in Las Vegas are underwater, and Miami has an underwater rate of 8.7%.

The appreciation of home values in the Chicago area has decreased over the years in part by crime, unfunded pensions and taxes.

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Dodging bullets and sexual predators: Chicago Public Schools failed to report abuse cases by school employees

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CPS CEO Janice Jackson: Has been “immersed” in CPS her entire life…

From the CPS web site:

“Protecting Chicago’s Students: CPS Plan of Action. Nothing is more important to Chicago Public Schools than the safety and well-being of your children.

From MyFoxChicago: Chicago Public Schools officials failed to protect hundreds of students who were sexually abused by school employees, according to a newspaper investigation.

The Chicago Tribune says its investigation revealed teachers and principals often failed to alert child welfare investigators or police when students disclosed abuse despite the state’s mandated reporting law.

The newspaper found that the district’s Law Department has investigated 430 reports of employee sexual abuse, assault or harassment of students since 2011. The district said it found credible evidence of misconduct in 230 cases.

The newspaper examined more than 100 cases and identified about 70 school employees involved, including teachers, coaches, security workers, administrators, custodians, school bus drivers, counselors and lunchroom workers. Cases occurred at schools throughout the city, including Simeon Career Academy and Payton College Prep high school.

Morgan Aranda reported that a teacher at Payton College Prep touched her inappropriately when she was 14, leading to the teacher’s dismissal from the district. She encouraged others to speak up about abuse. “If more survivors speak out about their assaults, ultimately fewer students will be harmed,” Aranda said.

Ineffective background checks and disclosure failures led to students being exposed to educators with a history of sex crimes against children, the investigation found.

Some employees failed to immediately notify authorities when allegations were made, the investigation found. Others conducted investigations of their own before informing experts. In cases where employees did act on allegations, students often endured additional psychological pain through repeated interrogations.

Issues occurred within the schools, at the district’s central office and even at the state government level, the newspapers said. The state’s weak laws and slow discipline process can protect predators, according to the newspaper. A sexual relationship can be illegal in Illinois [even] if the student is older than 17 and no force is involved. (The word “even” is not included in the original article. Seventeen is the legal age of consent in Illinois.)

The district acknowledges its current practices are flawed, but said officials are working to implement a series of policy changes. The district said it’ll make reforms in hiring, criminal background checks, investigative processes, disciplinary decisions, staff training and support for victimized students.

“Any type of violence against a student is always going to be a top priority for me,” said district CEO Janice Jackson.

The Schiff Hardin law firm and former Illinois Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey have been given a $500,000 contract to review the school system’s response to sexual violence. The review will be made public and the district plans to act on the findings, Jackson said.

The district also plans to work with state legislators to improve the state’s child protection laws.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: 35 people shot over Memorial Day weekend, 6 killed

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This was the tally as of 3:00 pm on Memorial Day. Expect the final numbers to go up by Tuesday morning.

The number of shootings are similar to last year, according to the report. This despite police deploying an extra 1,000 officers over the weekend and working with the FBI and ATF have to carry out “precision raids,” which resulted in more than 100 arrests and confiscation of 46 guns since Thursday.

From CBS Chicago: A 15-year-old boy was shot while walking in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood around 11 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The shooting is one of 35 reported over the weekend so far, according to police, who said six people have died from gunfire.

The teenager was walking on Cullerton Street near Wolcott Avenue when a dark-colored minivan pulled up and someone started shooting at him, police said. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Chicago police say the number of shootings reported this year are similar to last year.

Watch the full report here.

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This is Chiraq: A start to their weekend includes 11 shot, 4 killed on Friday

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From MyFoxChicago: CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – Four people were killed, and another seven were wounded, in gun violence Friday across Chicago, including a 65-year-old man who was found shot to death in the South Shore neighborhood.

About 11:30 p.m., officers found 65-year-old Earnest Wilson lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his face in the 7100 block of South Euclid Avenue, Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Wilson lived in the same block as the shooting.

Earlier in the evening, two people were killed in a Back of the Yards shooting. The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of South May. Erica Frazier, 47, and a 51-year-old man were both struck in their torsos and died at University of Chicago Hospital, officials said. Frazier lived in the same block as the shooting. Area Central detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.

About 2 a.m., a man was found shot to death in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side. Officers found Ronald Brooks, 32, shot in the chest in the 3500 block of South Rhodes Avenue, authorities said. Brooks was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He lived in Englewood.

In Friday’s most recent nonfatal shooting, three men were wounded in the Austin neighborhood. About 10 p.m., the men were standing in an alley when a dark-colored car drove up in the first block of North Leclaire and someone inside fired shots, police said. A 20-year-old was shot in his shoulder and arm. He was taken to West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park in serious condition. The two other men, ages 30 and 34, were shot in their legs and were taken to the same hospital, where their conditions stabilized.

About 4:45 p.m., a 26-year-old man was wounded in the Fernwood neighborhood. The man was shot in the chest in the 300 block of West 104th Place, according to police. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn by paramedics in serious condition. He was not able to tell investigators about the circumstances of the shooting and witnesses at the scene were uncooperative.

Two men, ages 27 and 19, were wounded in a shooting about 2:30 p.m. in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. The older man was walking outside in the 11600 block of South Indiana when the younger man got into an argument with a group of males inside a vehicle, police said. Someone in the vehicle fired shots and the older man was struck in the left leg and the younger man was struck in one of his feet. Paramedics took both men to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized.

About 1:30 a.m., a 22-year-old man was shot in the West Lawn neighborhood. The man was sitting in a vehicle in the 4500 block of West 66th Place when someone fired shots at him, police said. He was struck in both his legs and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition stabilized. Area Central detectives were investigating the shooting.

In addition to the seven people wounded in gun violence, a man accidentally shot himself Friday evening in Englewood. The 25-year-old shot himself in the leg about 5:20 p.m. in the 5700 block of South Union, police said. His condition stabilized at St. Bernard Hospital. It wasn’t immediately clear if he would faces charges.

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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.

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