Gun Violence? Try Gang Violence!

The media would have us believe that the problem of dead bodies piling up at record rates in Chicago is “gun violence” John Kass, writing for the Chicago Tribune, calls BS on that narrative 

With at least 78 killed so far, August is the deadliest month in nearly 20 years, according to a Tribune analysis. It’s all but certain that the city’s homicide total will push beyond the 491 dead of last year.

Some call it “gun violence,” a definition greatly appreciated by Democratic politicians like those at City Hall. They can point to guns and take that voter anger over homicide numbers and channel it into a safe space.

But there are plenty of guns in the suburbs, and suburbanites aren’t slaughtering each other.

It’s the gang wars.

Politicians know that the gangs are reason for the deaths. Calling it “gun violence” is much safer, especially in wards where gangs often provide political muscle.

“Have you ever heard a Chicago alderman call out a street gang by name?” O’Connor asked. “No? Me neither.”

Do go read it all. Kass chronicles the changes in police tactics, and in police numbers. The fact is Chicago, with strict gun laws, is awash in murders, and the media and the Left prefers to blame guns, rather than gangs, and political corruption that neuters the police.

Why Are Rich Democrats Fleeing Chicago (R. L. Grimes)

Why Are Rich Democrats Fleeing Chicago – R. L. Grimes

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It’s nice to be rich, and not just because you don’t have to worry about where your next meal is coming from. No, being a millionaire is the ultimate definition of “never having to say you’re sorry.” But now Chicago millionaires are fleeing the city due to concerns over racial tensions and rising crime rates, according to a report by research firm New World Wealth. That’s right, the very people that have milked the city dry through corruption and bribery for the last 90 years, are packing their bags and leaving the ruins to the rabble, you.

About 3,000 individuals with net assets of $1 million or more, not including the value of their primary residences, moved from the city last year, with many citing rising racial tensions and worries about crime as factors in the decision,” says the report. Chicago is third on the list of cities experiencing an exodus of millionaires, behind Paris and Rome. Both of which are cities that have been ran by Socialist administrations since the last world war. The French capital lost a stunning 7,000 millionaires – 6 per cent – over the last year alone, while Rome lost 5,000 or 7 per cent.

Increasing wealth inequality combined with the rise of extreme protest movements like ‘Black Lives Matter’ provide a toxic cocktail that virtually guarantees social disorder. Wealthy elites are also installing panic rooms in their big city apartments due to fears over potential civil unrest and skyrocketing crime. “The world is a very scary place right now, especially for people of means; they feel cornered and threatened,” Tom Gaffney, the president of Gaffco Ballistics, a company which installs safe rooms in New York City, told the NY Times.

Fearing global unrest and the possibility of another major conflict, many members of the elite have also been buying remote property and land in places like New Zealand, according to reports that emerged out of last year’s Davos Economic Forum. Economist Robert Johnson said the rich were making such purchases “because they think they need a getaway” from Ferguson-style riots that will erupt as a result of widening wealth inequality, which it at its worse in virtually all developed countries since the 1980s. According to realtors involved in the sale of remote property, the elite are concerned about “what is happening around them” and are looking for stable areas of the world to both live and store their wealth due to their “paranoia” over the precarious global situation.

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Marauding Leftists Shut Down Trump Rally In Chicago (Video)

Trump Rally Postponed Amid Huge Protests – The Hill

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Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago has been postponed amid huge protests against him.

A Trump campaign staffer took the stage, about 30 minutes after the rally was supposed to start at 7 p.m., and said that Trump had just arrived to Chicago.

He said the rally would be postponed because of security concerns.

The crowd erupted into screams and boos.

His campaign released a statement: “Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date.”
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Video footage from inside the venue showed many people remaining inside after the announcement, and several physical altercations broke out.

An African-American man at one point took the stage, shouting back at supporters on the floor, before being escorted out by security.

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Police had the venue mostly cleared by about 8 p.m. Fox News reported that Trump is back at his hotel and will be leaving for Ohio on Saturday.

The large protests come on the heels of a Trump rally earlier this week where a man was charged with assault and battery after video surfaced showing him punching a man in the face.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was quick to denounce the violence that occurs at Trump rallies, and his GOP rivals also expressed concerns at Thursday night’s GOP debate.

The real estate mogul himself on Thursday night said he doesn’t “condone” the violent behavior at his campaign events.

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Chicago Court To Hear Cruz Presidential Eligibility Case Friday

Reports: Chicago Court To Hear Case To Knock Cruz Off White House Ballot – USA Today

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A judge in Cook County Circuit Court will hear testimony Friday in a lawsuit filed by an Illinois voter that alleges Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz should not be allowed to run for president, CNN and ABC are reporting.

Lawrence Joyce, an Illinois voter who has objected to Cruz’s placement on the Illinois primary ballot next month, will have his case heard in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago. Joyce’s previous objection, made to the state’s Board of Elections, was dismissed on February 1.

Joyce challenges Cruz’s right to be president in the wake of questions put forth by GOP rival Donald Trump about being born in Canada, according to CNN.

Cruz maintains he is a natural-born citizen since his mother is American-born.

“My case presents the perfect opportunity for Donald Trump himself to step forward and bring the matter to court personally,” Joyce told WBBM radio.

Joyce, of Poplar Grove, Ill., said he’s concerned about what could happen if Cruz is the Republican nominee, saying the Democrats could file a challenge in the fall, ABC’s channel 7 in Chicago reported.

“At that point, all of his fundraising would dry up. And his support in the polls would drop dramatically. He may be forced at that point to resign the nomination,” Joyce said.

Joyce said he has not spoken to the Trump campaign and that he supports Republican contender Ben Carson.

The Trump and Cruz campaigns could not immediately be reached.

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Ted Cruz Campaign Wants Illinois Citizenship Suit Dismissed – USA Today

An attorney for the Ted Cruz campaign asked a Cook County judge Friday to dismiss an Illinois man’s lawsuit challenging the Texas senator’s eligibility to run for president, citing that the Republican hopeful wasn’t properly served with the complaint.

Lawrence Joyce, an Illinois voter and Ben Carson supporter, brought his complaint earlier this month to the Illinois State Board of Elections, which dismissed it.

Now, he is appealing the case with the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, asking it to rule Cruz ineligible to run in next month’s GOP primary in Illinois. Joyce challenges whether the senator from Texas meets the criteria to serve as president because he was born in Canada.

Sharee Langenstein, an attorney for Cruz, said in court Friday it is “very, very clear” the Cook County court doesn’t have jurisdiction to hear the case because state law stipulates the candidate be served with the complaint. Joyce, a pharmacist and attorney from Poplar Grove, Ill., failed to serve Cruz, whose home address is listed in his petition to be placed on the state’s ballot, Langenstein said.

The issue of whether Cruz is a “natural-born” citizen has been raised by others, including rival GOP presidential contender Donald Trump, who has threatened to file a lawsuit on the issue. Cruz maintains he meets the criteria because his mother is American-born.

Judge Maureen Ward Kirby set a March 1 court date to hear arguments on the motion to dismiss. Joyce, who works the midnight shift at a hospital pharmacy, told the judge he wasn’t available for arguments before then because of work commitments. The Illinois primary is March 15 and early voting has already begun.

Despite the close timing, Joyce said it is worth letting his complaint play out.

“The nomination doesn’t take place until July,” Joyce said. “So if a determination is made after the primary that Ted Cruz is not eligible to be president then certainly it would be incumbent upon the Republican National Committee not allow the name of Ted Cruz to be entered at the convention in July.”

Voters in Texas and New York also have filed legal challenges on whether Cruz meets the citizenship qualifications. The Indiana Board of Election is scheduled to hear a complaint Friday from a Republican voter challenging whether Cruz and fellow GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio meet the “natural-born” requirement. Rubio, whose parents immigrated from Cuba, was born in Florida.

Cruz has dismissed the efforts as “political mischief.”

He defended his citizenship and right to run at a CNN candidates’ forum Wednesday, saying he was born in Canada to a U.S. citizen, making him an automatic U.S citizen. His mother was born in Wilmington, Del., Cruz said.

“I never breathed a breath of air on this planet when I was not a U.S. citizen,” he said. “It was the act of being born that made me a U.S. citizen.”

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Two Chicago Thugs Learned The Hard Way That Good Guys With Guns Will Shoot Back – Daily Caller

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Two thugs in Chicago were shot by a man with a legally concealed weapon during an attempted armed robbery on Wednesday.

The two criminals entered a T-Mobile store armed with guns and attempted to rob the store after pretending to shop. They learned, however, that bullets can go both ways when a store employee pulled out his gun and opened fire, according to ABC Chicago.

Both robbers fled from the hail of bullets rained down by the law-abiding citizen, but not before both were struck multiple times. Police took them into custody after they were rushed to the hospital. Both remain in serious condition.

Neil Tadros, the T-Mobile store manager, was very appreciative of his employee that was carrying his gun.

“I think concealed carry is a great opportunity for managers, workers, employees to protect themselves in these cases. And our employee did a great job to protect themselves and the other employee,” he said.

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More Than 50 Crazed Leftists Attack Chicago Alderman’s Home With Rocks And Torches

Angry Leftist Mob Attacks Chicago Alderman’s Home With Rocks And Torches – Gateway Pundit

Angry leftists with rocks, wood chunks and torches attacked a Chicago alderman’s home this weekend.

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NBC Chicago

Alderman Cardenas provided a video of the attack to authorities:
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Could you imagine the headlines in the liberal media if these would have been Tea Party protesters?

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Three people landed behind bars Saturday night after mobbing a home owned by Ald. George Cardenas (12th) with rocks, pieces of wood and tiki torches, according to the alderman and police.

The mob of more than 50 people was protesting police violence in the city, said Cardenas, who provided DNAinfo Chicago with a video clip shot outside the home, where his ex-wife, two daughters and his mother live.

Police eventually arrested three protesters in the 2100 block of South Marshall.

Efrain Montalvo, 23, of the 2600 block of West 22nd Place; Javier Ramos, a 29-year-old Des Plaines resident; and Billie Kincaid, a 25-year-old woman from the 1500 block of West Lunt Avenue, each stand charged with one misdemeanor count of mob action.

Cardenas had been eating dinner with a friend across town when the mob rolled down 26th Street in Little Village and ended up in front of his house.

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Year-To-Date: 2703 Shootings, 440 Deaths In Leftist-Controlled Chicago

2703 Shootings, 440 Deaths Year-To-Date In Heavily Gun-Controlled Chicago – Big Government

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As of November 23, there had been 2703 shootings which resulted in 440 deaths year-to-date in heavily gun-controlled Chicago.

That is an increase of approximately 400 shootings over the same time last year.

The Chicago Tribune reported these numbers as part of their broader coverage of the 11 people shot, five killed, over the course of last weekend alone. Half of those wounded were shot on November 22 “between about 12:25 p.m. and 8:40 p.m.” Three of those killed were shot on that same day, between those same hours as well.

It is worth noting that while this violence proves the impotency of gun control in general, it is especially damning when juxtaposed with some of the most recent gun control endeavors in particular.

For example, Chicago implemented a “violence tax” at suburban Cook County gun stores in April 2013. The tax is gathered on each gun and bullet sold within the county. Then, in 2014 – the first full calendar year after the implementation of the tax – the Chicago Tribune reported 434 deaths – a 19 death increase over 2013.

Now, as of November 23, the Tribune shows 440 deaths with over a month left to go in calendar year 2015. That means the death toll from gun violence in Chicago through November 2015 has already exceeded the death toll for all of 2014.

It is interesting to note that regardless of the failure of the “violence tax,” the Seattle City Council adopted a similar tax on August 10. As with Chicago, gun crime in Democrat-run Seattle is raging.

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