A Las Vegas Massacre Every Three Weeks

Democrats want calm discussion about gun control. They want to have a national talk about how to stop massacres like Las Vegas, or Orlando, or Aurora, or Sandy Hook, or any of the other mass shooting we’ve seen in the past decade.

Every three weeks, Chicago, where guns are as illegal as they possibly can be within the bounds of the Constitution, has a Las Vegas massacre.

It’s always the same discussion, and they always have the same answer: ban all guns. For some reason, the pesky Second Amendment gives the left–which wants America to be just like Europe and other countries where rights exist because the government grants them–dyspeptic heartburn.

But we’ve had this discussion. We’ve had it calmly, without the shrill impetuousness and raw emotion, for decades. Some states, like New Jersey, New York, and Illinois, make gun ownership a chore. In Illinois, there’s a 72-hour waiting period to buy a handgun, and 24 hours for a rifle of shotgun. Gun owners must have a Firearm Owners Identification Card, issued by the Illinois State Police.

Concealed carry permits are not of the “must issue” sort in Illinois. Applicants must be 21 years old, pass a 16-hour training course, and the issue of said license can be blocked by any law enforcement agency. In private clubs this is called “blackballing.” Yes, there’s a board of review, but it’s appointed by the state, so who do you think they’re going to side with?

There is practically no open carry in Illinois, and reciprocity with other states is limited. To even bring a gun into the state without a permit, it must be unloaded, enclosed in a case, and inaccessible or non-functioning.

In Chicago, most semi-automatic firearms with expanded magazine capacities are outright banned. All handguns were banned in most of Chicago and its suburbs until SCOTUS, ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller made that unconstitutional in 2008. Even then, Chicago kept its ban until the Supreme Court struck it down in McDonald v. Chicago in 2010.

Yet liberals still want to ban all handguns. They want to find a way around well-established Supreme Court precedent. They figure if all of Congress passes an unconstitutional law, maybe the Supreme Court will uphold it. Of course, that’s fantasy.

But they’re ignoring the one most important point. Chicago just passed its 500th homicide a month ago. The city is on track for 700 murders–just about all of them committed with guns–this year.

Every three weeks, Chicago, where guns are as illegal as they possibly can be within the bounds of the Constitution, has a Las Vegas massacre.

It doesn’t happen all at once, and it doesn’t happen all in one place. But many weekends, the death toll hits double-digits. And Chicago, remember, has some of the strictest gun laws in the country–so strict that the Supreme Court had to enforce citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

What the left wants is a repeal of the Second Amendment. It’s fantasy, and it wouldn’t work even if it wasn’t politically impossible. So really, the left wants nothing at all done. They just use this issue to virtue-signal, identify an enemy (the NRA), and raise money to win elections.

When Democrats were in power from 2008-2010, they could have passed Chicago-style gun control for most of America. They could have done something that now that they’re not in control of most state houses and Congress they cannot do now. But they didn’t. They passed Obamacare instead.

The cities that have the most murders nationally, by firearms, are mostly run by Democrats and have been for decades. These cities are overflowing with illegal and stolen handguns that the police cannot confiscate from actual criminals, while most law-abiding citizens can’t obtain a gun without a major investment in time and paperwork. In some places in New Jersey, a citizen simply can’t get a permit because the authorities don’t issue them.

But now that there’s been a massacre, we hear the Democrats and the left screeching endlessly about having a calm conversation about gun control.

We’ve had the conversation. And Chicago continues to have a Las Vegas massacre every three weeks, while Democrats do nothing. Maybe it’s time for calm, reasoned people to realize that people commit crimes, not guns. And someone like Stephen Paddock, or James Holmes, can’t always be identified in advance.

And even if those people had no legal access to guns (Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza did not), they’d find a way to commit their horrible pre-meditated crimes because their intent was evil.

Let’s have a calm conversation about evil and the best way to combat it. I guarantee the answer isn’t to ban all guns.

Chicago Wins The Murder Race (A Dubious Honor)

Chicago has won the race nobody wants to win. In one bloody weekend, the windy city has recorded its 500th murder.

Chicago police said as of Sunday evening, 490 homicides had been reported for the year, but the department’s statistics don’t include killings on area expressways, police-involved shootings, self-defense killings or death investigations.

(Source.)

The rate of homicides in the nation’s most dangerous city is only slightly lower than 2016, when the city reached the 500 mark in late August. In fact, CPD were proud of the fact that comparing August 2016 and August 2017 showed a 47 percent drop in homicides: the number dropped from 90 murders to 50.

But last weekend’s killing spree added 10 homicides.

This isn’t about handguns. Three of the victims–all known gang members–were shot with a high-powered rifle.

Chicago is a war zone that has claimed more lives than all U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan since 2015–but Chicago does that every month.

Chicago Sports Broadcaster Reveals His Ugly Disdain for the American People

Chicago sportscaster Mark Giangreco has a reputation for making his opinions known. Unfortunately, his reputation as a vile, hate-spewing Leftist may overtake his standing in the world of sports broadcasting.

The trouble for Giangreco began in response to this tweet from Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur:

Giangreco’s reply – in a tweet that he has since deleted – read, “so obvious, so disturbing. America exposed as a country full of simpletons who allowed this cartoon lunatic to be ‘elected.’ ”

Sadly for Giangreco, the internet is forever, and the deleted tweet got to be too much for Disney, who owns the station where the sportscaster works.

“Sports anchor Mark Giangreco’s Twitter comments are not in line with ABC 7 Chicago’s non-partisan editorial standards,” the Disney-owned station’s management said Thursday in a statement. “We’ve reviewed the matter and are taking the appropriate action.”

Reportedly, the “appropriate action” includes a multi-week suspension without pay. (Interestingly enough, Disney hasn’t done anything about the left-wing bias at ESPN, which it also owns. But I digress.)

This isn’t the first time Giangreco has found himself in hot water.

When former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling tweeted a suggestion that CNN should be called “LPNN,” the Liberal Propaganda News Network, Giangreco responded, “Let’s change Fox News to Nazi News.”

And, in fact, his sense of humor has also caused trouble offline several times.

In 1999, he joked that former NFL player Walter Payton looked “shriveled up,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Unknown to the public (and Giangreco), Payton was suffering at the time from primary sclerosing cholangitis, a fatal liver disease that has since been nicknamed “Walter Payton’s Disease.”

“That hurt, it really did,” Payton later said. “I realize how serious it is and I realize there are a lot of other people that it might be serious to. To poke fun at it without even knowing what the problems are … it’s very difficult. Very disheartening.”

He has also made inappropriate jokes about the Detroit Pacers’ 2004 NBA championship run and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

Giangreco did not respond to the media’s requests for comment, though he did issue a public apology.

Perhaps this disciplinary action will do Giangreco some good. In the meantime, you stay classy, Mark.

What? Mass Mooning Targets Trump Taxes

Over the weekend a “rowdy and enthusiastic” crowd gathered in front of Chicago’s Trump Tower and engaged in a coordinated mooning of the building bearing the brand of the president. Chicago’s Fox 32 recorded the event for posterity.

The video shows a small crowd of 100-200 people gathered at the River Walk across from the imposing edifice. As the crowd counts down from twenty, they simultaneously drop their trousers and flash their posteriors at the architectural stand-in for the president. Video of the event does not require parental discretion due to the camera angle.

An obvious question is why? The Facebook page “Chicago Moons the Trump Tower” gives the official name for the event as “Operation ‘Kiss Our Asses, Release Your Taxes!’” and notes that it was presented by “S#!TSHOW,” a satirical Youtube show.

A second Facebook page for the show contains a more graphic video of the mass mooning, which we watched so that you don’t have to. Accompanied by a tuba and drums, the protesters chanted “This is what democracy looks like” and “We don’t want your tiny hands anywhere near our underpants.”

What did the protesters hope to accomplish? The statement on the Facebook page says, “Donald Trump doesn’t think the American people want to see his tax returns, so let’s show him that we do in the classiest way possible! Meet at 3:30 PM at Trump Tower, right in front by the riverside. At the crack of 4:00 PM (pun intended), we’ll pull down our pants for a whole 10 seconds and send a powerful message to the Washington elites.”

Precisely what the message was is unclear other than that the protesters do not like Donald Trump and think that mooning the Trump Tower will somehow influence him to release his tax returns. This logic is reminiscent of the Underpants Gnomes from “South Park.” Phase one: Moon the Trump Tower. Phase two: ? Phase three: Trump releases tax returns.

At the time of the protest, President Trump was 1,300 miles away at his Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach. The president was not injured, emotionally or otherwise, by the mooning. The White House had no comment and Mr. Trump’s taxes have still not been released.

No protesters were apparently injured either. It is unknown whether any were injured or murdered as they returned home after the event. The Chicago Tribune reports that 14 people have already been murdered this month in the city.

The protest was a microcosm of the leftist resistance to Trump. The plan was to engage in an utterly pointless and offensive action that accomplished nothing other than make the participants feel better about themselves and allow them to vent their anger.

It did do one other thing as well. It showed the world what the left thinks democracy looks like: A bunch of asses.

 

Full Moon Over Chicago: Hundreds Plan to Drop Trou in Ridiculous Protest at Trump Tower

At what point can we say they’ve run out of ideas for creative forms of protest, and they’re doing any random, obnoxious thing, just because?

Hundreds have signed up for a Facebook event called “Chicago moons Trump Tower”, in which hundreds plan to drop their trousers in front of Trump Tower Chicago as an act of protest.

According to the Facebook page for the event, titled “Operation “Kiss Our Asses, Release Your Taxes,” the goal of the protest is to get President Trump to release his tax returns.

I’m absolutely positive that after repeated unsuccessful attempts, during the primary and election season, by every opponent, every commentator and pundit, to convince him to release his taxes, a couple hundred morons dropping their pants in mid-February, on some street in Chicago is going to be that trigger that causes a sudden wave of transparency from Donald Trump.

The page goes on to say:

Protestors will meet at 3:30 p.m. Sunday February 12 at Trump Tower Chicago, and plan to moon the building for 10 seconds starting at 4:00 p.m. in what event organizers call “a powerful message to Washington elites.”

The “message” actually says more about the people who would do something like this and call it protest than the one they’re protesting.

It says they have no lives.

The event is being sponsored by a comedy group called “S#!TSHOW.”

I’ve never heard of them. I’m going to say this is a way to get people out to their shows.

At the time of this writing, their Facebook page says 1.7k are interested in attending, but only 419 say they’re going.

I suspect that those 419 people will each get flyers, with show dates and locations for S#!TSHOW’s upcoming events.

And pneumonia.

They’ll all get pneumonia.

About That Trump Tweet and Chicago

The picture above is from a spontaneous memorial set up at the spot where an eighteen-year old’s body was found on the south side of Chicago. His body covered in bullet holes, Jamal Jones collapsed there in 2013. Since then there have been hundreds and hundreds of other young men killed in the same area.

It is refreshing to finally have a President who recognizes the blood bath and carnage in Chicago. It never gets mentioned on the nightly news because it is routine, there are race elements the press would rather not delve into, etc. But it is devastating and taking lives on a daily basis. It is a war zone of sorts and has placed certain parts of a major American city off limits to most people. Having the President of the United States call attention to it is appropriate.

At the same time, had Barack Obama said something similar, there would be a right-wing freakout. The federal government has no business in state affairs or general law enforcement. The federal government is the government of limited powers, and the President has a limited roll. Sending in the feds is not within the power of the President for something like this under the constitution.

Right now, the left is freaking out about all the precedents Barack Obama set that they gladly cheered on then and are now freaked out that Donald Trump has. They did nothing and said nothing to raise concerns about Barack Obama’s expansion of the Presidency and his use of pens and paper without constitutional authority. Some of his precedents will eventually be shut down by courts, but others will live on. Because Obama did things, Trump can do those things.

Republicans should be wary of Trump creating any precedent here. If he were to send the feds into Chicago, a future liberal Democrat sitting in the White House could do the same. Do not champion the precedent of your President that you would not want another President to use.

You and I both know you would be outraged if Barack Obama said something like this.

Shameful Liberal Media Buried Black on White Torture Hate Crime

I got up this morning and checked my Apple News app, expecting to see the vicious Chicago hate crime and torture of a disabled white man leading the news. It wasn’t. Not only “it wasn’t” but it was totally absent.

Only Fox News led with the story, calling it a “possible hate crime.” This is absolutely shameful and beyond biased.

The New York Times buried the story, with the headline “4 Questioned After Video Shows Racially Charged Beating in Chicago.” Come on! If this was a black man beaten by four white young people live on Facebook while chanting “Trump! Trump!” it would be the headline on every major U.S. newspaper today, with nonstop head-spinning commentary.

President Obama would already have addressed the nation, calling for justice and berating Trump supporters.

Suddenly, though, the media is all “wait and see” on this story, because the facts are not all in. But they streamed it on Facebook. You can see the poor white boy being tortured and taunted. You can hear them curse Trump and “white people.” What more do they want?

They want to bury the story because it doesn’t fit the narrative. How can the whole country be up in arms against pro-Trump racists if there exist monsters who torture disabled kids for pleasure, for the purpose of hate against Trump and white people? No such people can exist in their story, so the story must disappear.

  • The Washington Post made a better attempt at a headline, but it’s not the top story. “4 held after Facebook video shows torture of disabled man by group railing against Trump, whites.” They wouldn’t dare mention in the headline that the attackers were black.
  • USA Today threw the story in the sidebar. “Chicago Facebook Live beating: Charges expected soon”
  • NBC News “Four Teens Held in Connection With Kidnapping After ‘Facebook Live’ Torture Video Airs” is far down the page.
  • ABC News “Chicago Police Arrest 4 in Connection With ‘Sickening’ Assault Video Posted to Social Media” at least featured it in top stories.
  • CBS News buried it in the sidebar, with a headline so confusing I almost missed it entirely. “Chief: Chicago attack live-streamed on Facebook is ‘sickening'”
  • MSNBC didn’t cover it at all on their front page.
  • CNN threw it on the sidebar, “Chicago torture: Teens stream abuse of special needs man on Facebook Live.” (But on the front page it simply reads “Torture broadcast live on Facebook.)
  • Huffington Post threw it under “crime” way down the page with the “alleged” headline “Man With Special Needs Allegedly Bound, Gagged And Tortured On Facebook Live.” Maybe they think it was staged?

Without a doubt, this is a disgusting student-body left play to keep the narrative decidedly anti-Trump and to bury any story that would distract from that. The media should be ashamed.