Illinois Passes Concealed-Carry Law, Sees Drop in Crime

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Illinois Passes Conceal Carry
Illinois Passes Conceal Carry

That’s right. Illinois, the Land of Lincoln and home to the city which has the title, “Murder Capital of America,” is seeing crime drop precipitously.

Recent data from one of America’s largest cities appears to support the premise that a better-armed society is a less violent one. The Chicago Police Department released Q1 crime numbers and showed the lowest murder rate since 1958.

Why is this significant? Because Chicago was labeled by the FBI as recently as September 2013 as the “Murder Capital of America,” passing New York City for that dubious honor. And what seems to be the reason for this measurable downturn in murder and other crime?

Because the Illinois legislature passed a statewide concealed-carry law on July 9, 2013. It was the last state in the U.S. to allow its citizens to conceal-carry a firearm.

But it’s not just the murder rate that is dropping:

The report also said there were 90 fewer shootings and 119 fewer shooting victims compared to last year. There were 222 fewer shootings and 292 fewer shooting victims compared to the first quarter of 2012.

Of course the Liberals would have none of this! It just isn’t in their DNA to admit that legally armed citizens reduce the crime rate. Period.

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However, Chicago Police Chief Gerry McCarthy doesn’t agree. He gives credit to reduction in crime to the confiscation of over 1,300 illegal guns in the first three months, better police training and “intelligent policing strategies.” McCarthy and staunch Obama supporter Mayor Rahm Emanuel are strong opponents of the new concealed-carry law.

The first concealed-carry permits in Illinois were issued in late February, so there isn’t enough time or data to accurately conclude that the new law is fully (or even partly) responsible for Chicago’s across-the-board drop in crime.

Of course, the majority of criminals assumed the concealed-carry law went into effect last summer, so that could logically account for the drop in crime. Mike Miller from the Independent Journal Review has done research on this.

Gun crime experts John Lott, Jr. and David Mustard made the famous argument in “Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Firearms” that: “When state concealed handgun laws went into effect in a county, murders fell by 8.5 percent, and rapes and aggravated assaults fell by 5 and 7 percent.” More guns mean less crime.

Gary Kleck, PhD., also a gun crime expert, found that the crime deterrence effect of firearms possession is significant: sophisticated statistics suggest three to four crimes are stopped by a handgun than are committed in the United States every year.

Of course, this isn’t news to those of us on the Conservative side of this debate. It is just simple fact.

 

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Is Hillary Out? – Howard Fineman: Wealthy Dem Donors Want Liberal Face for 2016

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Despite the opinions of many of the talking heads on the left, Hillary may not be a shoe-in for the Democratic nominee in ’16.

When some of the country’s wealthiest Democratic donors and most liberal politicians begin three days of closed door meetings in Chicago, they will begin searching for the new face of the party, one that Huffington Post Media Group editorial director Howard Fineman says might not be Hillary Clinton.

On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will kick off the Spring Investment Conference of the Democracy Alliance, an organization that is, according to its mission statement, “made up of progressive investors/donors and movement leaders committed to a stronger democracy and more progressive America.” Essentially, it allows mega donors like Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros and other strategists to assess and screen political candidates.

But why have the movers and shakers in the far left wing of the Democratic Party decided that Hillz is not their pick?

This weekend’s meeting, Fineman told J.D. Hayworth on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV, will be held against the backdrop of 2016 and is unlikely to serve as a coronation for Clinton, everyone’s presumed Democratic front-runner in the next presidential election.

“They won’t accept Hillary,” Fineman said. “They think Hillary has done too many deals, they think she and Bill were way too close to big business over the years. They think they’ve taken too much money from Wall Street, etc., etc., and they’re not going to go for her.”

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“The mechanics of the media are such that the so-called mainstream media is not necessarily going to just give Hillary a pass all the way to the Democratic nomination, and that’s because however much you all may think that ideology drives things, it’s conflict that drives cable television,” Fineman said.

“It’s conflict that drives the coverage, and they’re not going to sit still for a no-primary coronation of Hillary Clinton [in 2016] any more than the media was willing to sit still for a no-primary coronation of Hillary Clinton in 2008. That’s what gave Barack Obama [a chance], that and the anti-war speech that he gave in 2002. That’s what created the Obama opening and the Obama presidency.”

 

Fineman actually takes it further, by saying that the far left powers that be in the Democratic Party are very disillusioned with President Obama, as well.

“People on the right may think of Barack Obama as a relentless ideologue, but that’s not the way the grass roots of the Democratic Party, the sort of leftist, left side of the grass roots of the Democratic Party see it,” Fineman said.

“They see Barack Obama as a sort of ideologically indistinct figure, they see a cult of personality, they see a healthcare program that they regard as a giveaway to the big healthcare industry, big hospitals, big pharma, etc. They’re looking for an identity that is based more right this minute on the teachings of Thomas Piketty, the author of the new book called ‘Capital,’ which is all about the left’s favorite topic, which is income equality in America and around the world.

Now to understand this, we must understand who Piketty is and what he stands for. He is a French Economist and has cut his academic teeth on the premise that income inequality is a bad thing. In other words, he’s a socialist and he just doesn’t get what our Founding Fathers understood, that equality in outcome is misery for all.

Cue Senator Elizabeth Warren:

 

According to Fineman, Clinton is not liberal enough to the liking of the Democracy Alliance, which he wouldn’t be surprised to see throw its support behind an alternative candidate like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Additionally, he suggested that no one in the media wants a one-candidate race for the nomination.

 

I’m sure we all remember her remarks in 2011, in which she blasted Capitalism and Entrepreneurship.

 

“You built a factory out there? Good for you,” she says. “But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.”

She continues: “Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

 
So it would seem that her ideology and Piketty’s are one and the same, so are we looking at the next Democratic nominee in Elizabeth Warren?

Time will tell.

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“Broke Party!” Black Activists Organize Protest Against Obama, ABC: Zero Media Coverage

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A groups of black activists, under the banner of the “Broke Party,” organized a protest against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama, and even protested at the local ABC affiliate.  The result?  They were ignored.  Breitbart has the video…

So, these folks decide to get off the Democratic Plantation, and at least for now, they are being ignored.

Breitbart has more…

The protesters waved anti-union signs, anti-NAACP, anti-Rainbow Push, and signs reading “Rahm Hates Black People” in front of the studio as Kathy Brock and Alan Krashesky broadcasted the evening news. They demanded their voices be heard and criticized Emanuel for acting in cahoots with community-organizing front groups ACORN and ACTION Now to put properties in the community into the organizations’ hands. These actions by the Mayor and the corrupt “Chicago Machine” have ensured that construction work only goes to the unions, effectively keeping the residents of the community unemployed.

J.R. Fleming, another protester, declared that these community groups “do not represent the interests” of their communities or of black leaders in their communities. Fleming continued:

We want to work in our communities, we want to train the young boys and girls on the block… they need jobs and opportunity… we demand the mayor of the city of Chicago respect us, respect our community and allow us to work in our own neighborhoods… We are not asking for your money… It’s clear to us you ain’t gonna house us, it’s clear to us you ain’t gonna put us to work, so it’s clear to us that we must do this ourselves.

It seems to me that some folks are waking up!

UPDATE:  Instalanche courtesy of IOwnTheWorld.  Thanks, and an add to the blogroll is in order.

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Was Fast and Furious Meant to be Cloward-Piven for the Second Amendment?

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If you recall, the lefty meme from a while back was that Mexican gun violence was caused by guns imported from the US.  While that came into debate, the governments of both the US and Mexico made the claim, and the lapdogs in the MSM followed suit.  Of course, the porous border and the fact that these guns are being used by CRIMINALS never entered into the discussion.

As the details of Operation Fast and Furious have come to light, we see that that narrative is at the very least partially true.  The US government was sending the guns to Mexico in the first place.

We’re all familiar with the case by now, as well as the stonewalling and apparent lies told by government officials in response to Rep. Issa’s inquiries.  But was there another motivation for Fast and Furious?  Katie Pavlich  at Townhall has some evidence that there was…

“Internal ATF emails seem to suggest that ATF agents were counseled to highlight a link between criminals and certain semi-automatic weapons in order to bolster a case for a rule like the one the DOJ announced yesterday [Monday].”

Townhall has obtained the email which states “Can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same FfL and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks Mark R. Chait Assistant Director Field Operations.”

So, to make a long story short, the ATF was looking for some evidence to justify something that they wanted.  Whatever happened to looking at evidence, and they taking action based on that evidence?  That logic apparently escaped the bass ackward folks of the ATF, who decided on the action, and looked for data to justify it!  Of course, with Fast and Furious, there was plenty of “evidence” to be cited.

Let’s connect the dots…

1.  Obama is a gun grabber.  He just toned it down to get elected.

2.  Holder is a gun grabber.

3.  Sunstein is a gun grabber.

4.  Kagan is a gun grabber.

5.  As per Obama’s MO, he is using his minions to do the dirty work behind the scenes, while he get’s to avoid the resulting heat.

6.  Fast and Furious is publicly announced in 2009.

7.  As if on cue, the government and MSM start blaming guns from here as being the cause of Mexican violence.

8.  The Justice Department releases this…

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 11, 2011
Statement of Deputy Attorney General James Cole Regarding Information Requests for Multiple Sales of Semi-Automatic Rifles with Detachable Magazines

WASHINGTON – Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued the following statement today regarding information requests for multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines in select states along the Southwest Border:

“The international expansion and increased violence of transnational criminal networks pose a significant threat to the United States.  Federal, state and foreign law enforcement agencies have determined that certain types of semi-automatic rifles – greater than .22 caliber and with the ability to accept a detachable magazine – are highly sought after by dangerous drug trafficking organizations and frequently recovered at violent crime scenes near the Southwest Border.  This new reporting measure — tailored to focus only on multiple sales of these types of rifles to the same person within a five-day period — will improve the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to detect and disrupt the illegal weapons trafficking networks responsible for diverting firearms from lawful commerce to criminals and criminal organizations.  These targeted information requests will occur in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas to help confront the problem of illegal gun trafficking into Mexico and along the Southwest Border.”

Now, let’s be honest.  This does not ban any guns.  It does not prevent people from buying multiple guns.  However, by tracking guns, they leave themselves a “back door” by which to know where and how to find them if they did want to confiscate them.   Additionally, it is an undue It’s an unnecessary invasion of privacy that does nothing more than give the government more information. And as we know, information is power.  Iin the investigation of Fast and Furious, gun shop owners attempted on multiple occasions to report and stop sales to suspicious buyers, and they were told by ATF to allow them.   There is a system for sellers to report suspicious activity.  Then why have this rule, unless it is to collect information on legal gun owners?

We know that Obama, and the people that he has appointed are not fans of the Second Amendment.   And Rahm Emanuel has suggested, this administration does not like to let a perfectly good crisis go to waste-even if they have to create it themselves.

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Bridge For Sale – Excellent Buy!

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…and as soon as I sell you the Brooklyn Bridge I‘m going to convince you that the Whitehouse did nothing wrong in their dealings with congressman Joe Sestak. The Obama folks put out a story today that stinks worse than unwelcome house guests. The way the Whitehouse spins this yarn is to say that Bill Clinton was to speak to Joe at the request of Rahm Emmanuel about a job that paid nothing. To get this great job for nothing all he had to do was “nothing”. Actually he had to drop out of the Senate race in Pennsylvania so good ole Arlen Specter could run uncontested. Yes, for dropping out of the Senate race he would get this wonderful job as an advisor on an intelligence board. Excuse me. You couldn’t be very “Intelligent” to take that deal. So here we have the Obama folks taking two for dupes: Sestak and the rest of America.

Needless to say the Republicans are calling for an Independent investigation of the matter. Seems they don’t think that this story passes the “smell test”. Who knows whether they will get it and while we may never know the whole truth, or in Obama’s case any of the truth, it is just impossible to think that good ole Bill Clinton had a harmless conversation with Joe and that’s that. Even if old Bill had that conversation with Joe, what do you think it cost old Barry to get him to do it? I’d say there had to be a whole lot of groveling going on. Add to this the odd coincidence that this is the second time Obama has been associated with political bribery. It almost makes one think that old Rob Blagojevich might just have been really making a deal with someone in Obama’s camp. Rahm was always suspect in that deal.

It also seemed real convenient that the Whitehouse released their tale while Barry was off to the gulf. I am sure that seeing the devastation will help him get perspective on his failings over the last month. Oh well, vacation time again so it is off to Chicago. The president needs to recharge his Chicagoland connections and after all it is his Mecca. I shouldn’t be so sarcastic but our past America loving presidents spent Memorial Day honoring our fallen at Arlington. Perhaps while he is in Chicago he can attend services at his old church. They still think that Christianity is the tool the White Man used to enslave them.

Something else that needs selling and that is how bad Arizona’s new law is. True to his word for once ole Barry has got the Department of Justice telling the Arizonan government how concerned they are with this law. Forgive me if I am wrong but you don’t sick your dogs on Arizona but you would challenge their law in court. Of course they can’t do that because they would get their butts kicked. So they send in the legal eagles to try and scare Arizona into being more afraid of the Government than the drug cartels. After all, the DOJ has the full support of the President of Mexico.

So about that bridge I have for sale…

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Financial Reform: How to Manipulate the Mob

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How many of you recall when Rahm Emanuel stated that you should never let a crisis go to waste?  When you really dig down into that statement it’s actually quite frightening.  He made this statement back in 2008 and his basic belief is a crisis allows us the opportunity to do things we could not do before.

The below clip aired in 2008, of Rahm Emanuel talking about never wanting a serious crisis to go to waste.  You know like the so called health care crisis we were all experiencing.  They sure didn’t let that perceived crisis go to waste.  They passed one of the most intrusive, liberty stealing, unconstitutional law this nation has ever seen with zero bipartisan support.  Completely ignoring the will of the majority with little or no open floor debate, Nancy Pelosi and her gang of progressives rammed it through.  Now once again we’re facing a perceived crisis in the financial industry.  And just like the health care crisis, special interest groups are lining up to throw their support behind the bill.  Even Wall Street supports this so called crackdown.  Have you ever asked yourself why?

Well I have and let me tell you the rabbit hole runs deep with this one.  The simple answer is that Wall Street knows that the writing is on the wall and there is little they can do to win over the public.  The politicians that created this mess have managed to shift the majority of the blame on Wall Street and it was easy to do.  Why was it so easy?  First off Wall Street is an easy target.  When people think of Wall Street, shameless bankers sticking it to the little guy usually comes to mind.  This administration has successfully convinced the uninformed or misinformed public that banks are evil and that they caused the meltdown.  The average person could care less about derivatives or short selling; they’re looking for the easy explanation they can relate to.  So throw in some words like Wall Street “Fat Cats” and “Evil Bankers” and the masses are satisfied that banks are bad and more regulation is good; even though this regulation will span across all banks to include the smaller ones.  And oh yeah, those smaller banks will be the ones that suffer the most.  Yes that’s right those same small banks that fund dreams, like small businesses, car loans, and mortgage loans will be forced in the same boat as Citibank, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.  And guess which banks have the ears of the politicians.  Now some will say that I’m selling the public short and I’m insulting their intelligence, but I believe I’m pretty much spot-on with this observation.

The reason I say this, is for the most part it is easier to buy into the lie than believe the truth.  The lie takes us to a place where the elected officials are looking out for our best interests and they’re trying to do what is best for us and the nation.  We all want to believe this, so most of us just do.  They reinforce their lie by parading out all those evil investment bankers in circus like atmosphere in front of Congress to explain their actions.  We can now see the enemy and cheer on our representatives for standing up for the middle class.  The inquisition becomes a series of talking points that can be used by the politicians during their next run for office.  Timing is everything.  Now if we only had a mini crisis to speed the process along.

Well look here, the stock market plunged 1,000 points in a few minutes.  Was it because of a computer glitch or a fat finger mistake?  Was it because of Greece in the financial meltdown they’re experiencing?  Well the truth is no one really has pinned the tail on that donkey, but it really doesn’t matter.  The perception of the crisis has been achieved and now we must act.  Why just a few days ago Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) stated, We need to get in place our bill, have the president sign it, so we have the tools to protect our economy from these kinds of events.”

What kind of events Mr. Dodd?  The stock market plunge that no one has a good explanation as to why it happened, or the taxpayer money going to Greece through the IMF to help bail them out?  He further went on to say, “We would have a set of eyes, not just one set of eyes, at the Federal Reserve looking over the horizon.” How can an extra set of eyes prevent what happened last week?  This event happened in a few moments.  Additionally how can a piece of legislation address a problem that no one really understands the cause behind it?  You see like I said it really doesn’t matter.  The crisis is perceived and the people are anxious.  Don’t let it go to waste.  Timing is everything.  Push the financial reform bill through and if the Republicans try to slow it up, come out and say that they are in bed with the Wall Street “Fat Cats” and don’t care about what happens to our money or economy.  Make them appear as if they are the enemy of the middle class, even though it was the Democrats who lined their pockets with Wall Street dollars.  It’s a strategy that has worked for the Democrats for a long time; because they can create the illusion that they’re actually against Wall Street and for the middle class.  And this strategy works because it’s all about appealing to your emotional side.  The Democrats are masters at it.

By the time the Republicans react with the facts, the sale is complete.  You have your crisis and now the opportunity to affect change can occur.  They have managed to successfully manipulate the mob with a few well placed lies, a congressional side show, and a perceived crisis.  All we’re missing now is some torches with pitchforks to storm the Wall Street castle.

Watch Rahm Emanuel below.

Folks the Democrats have gotten away with demonizing our capitalist system for a long time.  They have actually managed to create an environment that doesn’t foster confidence in our system, but plants the seeds of doubt about it.  Trust me this system is working for a select few.  The same select few who are writing bills that benefit themselves and Wall Street at the expense of the free market system and the taxpayer.  Don’t fall for this because the beauty of our free market system is that anyone can succeed if they come up with an idea and obtain the backing to implement it.  The only thing this bill does in my opinion is protect the established while further dismantling our free market system.

These companies are banking on you to bail them out the next time they make poor decisions.  The free market system isn’t as forgiving.  And that’s exactly why they support this bill and that’s why you should oppose it with every ounce of energy you can muster!

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post: The Current

Image Credit: The Current & Stand Up For America

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