Chicago Magazine reports that the city continues to find new ways to underreport murders to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR)—methods condoned by authorities in police superintendent Garry McCarthy’s department.
Interviews with more than 40 current and former Chicago officers revealed that the department reclassified murders as “non-criminal death investigations” before reporting deadlines; changed the default code for likely murders to keep them off the UCR; delayed correcting those codes when evidence dictated; and found creative ways to exclude certain murders such as those resulting from gang gunfights, from beatings resulting in heart attacks, and those occurring in previous years or on state highways within city limits. Chicago hid carjacking-related murders as “hit-and-run” accidents, and hid another 13 incidents by listing them as “confidential.”
In all, Chicago reclassified 797 deaths in 2014, some of which are certainly murders.
Finally, Real Common-Sense Gun Legislation
A congressman from Virginia is taking the Islamic State’s recent threat to U.S. military members and their families seriously—and he’s doing something about it.
On Tuesday, Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., introduced legislation allowing military spouses to buy handguns in states where their husbands or wives are on permanent duty, directly addressing ISIS’s “hit list” of military targets, which puts military families at risk of attack.
“Considering the threats we face from Islamic extremists, foreign and domestic, and lone wolves, it is prudent that our military families have the tools they need to protect their loved ones,” Rigell said. “Spouses should be able to purchase handguns in the state where their husband or wife is stationed. They have the right to protect themselves, and this bill allows them to fully exercise their Second Amendment right.”
Ohio Measures Would Expand Right To Carry
Ohio lawmakers have proposed two bills that would extend the right to carry, allowing permit holders (with certain restrictions) to carry in places such as churches, school zones, college campuses and daycare facilities.
One bill, proposed by House State Government Committee Chairman Ron Maag, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry in churches, daycares, colleges and universities so long as there was written authorization in place allowing the concealed carry of handguns. Another bill, by Rep. Anne Gonzales, would protect the right to carry in school zones.
Use Your Power
To contact your elected representatives in Columbus in support of these bills, call the Ohio Legislative Information Hotline at 1-800-282-0253 or send an email to your representativehere.
Keystone State Gun Owners Rally On Capitol Steps
Second Amendment supporters converged on the steps of the Pennsylvania state capitol on Tuesday for the 10th-annual Second Amendment Action Day. Organized by 16-year veteran Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the event featured many notable speakers, including former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack, who sued the federal government and won a landmark case that overturned portions of the onerous Brady Act.
Speakers were well received by the hundreds of gun owners gathered, including many who chose to exercise their open-carry rights. Others wore patriotic attire and carried signs urging lawmakers to safeguard existing rights and widen legal protections.
If the event’s success can be measured by how much attention it received from state lawmakers, Pennsylvania’s gun owners can take heart—more than 60 state legislators were in attendance. It’s likely that next year’s event—just ahead of the 2016 presidential election—will draw an even larger crowd of patriots.
Georgia Homeowner Defends Family From Invaders
For a family in the metro Atlanta area, having a gun in the home—and knowing how to use it—might have saved all their lives. A homeowner in Gwinnett County noticed suspicious movement on his back patio and went to get his firearm. A short time later, a group of men knocked on his front door and asked him to come outside. With his wife and baby indoors, he refused to leave the home, at which point the men, one of them brandishing a baseball bat, forced their way inside.
The homeowner opened fire, killing one of the alleged invaders and injuring another. The injured man was apprehended at a local hospital, along with a third suspect who may have driven him there. Overmatched as he was, there is little possibility that the homeowner would have been able to drive away the invaders without a firearm. We hate to think what could have resulted had he not been prepared and properly equipped.