Only eight days into the month, Chicago’s homicides were only four short of the total from February of last year.
A Chicago Tribune feature on Tuesday reported that 16 people had been killed through the first eight days of February 2016. In all, 330 residents have been shot since Jan. 1; 73 of those died.
For years, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and now-departed police superintendent Garry McCarthy attempted to create the impression that Chicago’s homicide rate was under control by employing a combination of number-fudging, changing definitions and deferring dates of death. However, twice as many people have been shot by violent criminals in 2016 than at this time in 2015, a rate too alarming to disguise.
Bloomberg “Looking At All The Options” Of Candidacy
It appears we’re edging closer and closer to seeing a new presidential candidate emerge. In an interview with the Financial Times, billionaire gun-banner Michael Bloomberg confirmed that he is considering throwing his hat in the ring. “I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters,” sniffed the gun-hating former NYC mayor.
A Bloomberg candidacy would dramatically reshape the 2016 presidential race and would likely see the former New York City mayor run as an Independent. Although quickly dismissed by both Hillary Clinton (“I’m going to get the nomination so he doesn’t have to”) and Bernie Sanders (“moving away from democracy to oligarchy”), it’s clear the Democratic Party stands the most to lose.
Of course, were Bloomberg to win, it’s all of America who would lose. The Nanny President wouldn’t hesitate to dictate every facet of our lives, starting with the dismantling of our constitutional freedoms.
Australian Authorities Confiscate Basketball Team’s T-Shirt Gun
Taking Australia’s gun-ban program to another—and utterly ridiculous, we might add—level, the Townsville Crocodiles of the National Basketball League have been forced to surrender the team’s homemade t-shirt cannon to police.
For more than a decade, the air-powered piece of PVC pipe has been used to delight crowds by shooting t-shirts to adoring fans in the stands. That will happen no more—at least not with this particular t-shirt launcher.
“The ballistics unit informed the venue that essentially it was a category B weapon and it needed to be handed in, otherwise people in possession of it would be prosecuted,” general manager Rob Honan told the Brisbane Times. “It was bewildering but it is what it is. But it makes it harder for people to have fun. There is no mechanism that engaged the crowd as much as the t-shirt launcher, which is almost a foundation piece of game day entertainment.”
Obama’s Anti-Gun Initiatives Continue To Spur Sales
Between 2007 and 2013, the number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. more than doubled—but with NICS checks in Pennsylvania, Alabama, Texas and Kansas up by over 50 percent, and with every state noting some increase, demand still occasionally outpaces supply.
“I’ve got vendors who tell me they can’t order inventory. The wholesalers don’t have it,” gun-show promoter Dennis Pearson told the Wichita Eagle.
What’s motivating the sharp increases in sales? Many believe that Obama’s increasingly bold anti-gun initiatives are responsible. Wichita Gun Club owner Jess Hancock said the Monday after Obama’s Dec. 6 address, “From that morning until when we closed our store, there were about 30,000 less items I could buy from my distributors because they sold out.” Pearson’s experience also supports this theory: “Prior to Obama being in office, the gun business was slow, it was hard to make a living. Since he was elected, it’s done nothing but make business better.”
Exactly Why Do We Need More Gun Laws?
As gun-ban proponents push for more and more restrictive measures that only affect law-abiding citizens, our nation’s revolving-door justice system has a way of making a mockery out of the laws already in place.
A Minnesota man who stole more than 85 guns and several motorcycles has been sentenced to probation under a plea agreement. Brian Reicks, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft of a firearm and one count of felony theft for taking a motor vehicle without consent as part of the Oct. 15, 2015, agreement.
Reicks and two others broke into a home in April 2015, tipped over a gun safe, cut open the bottom of it with a torch, and stole more than 85 guns. Most of the guns were sold, and police have yet to recover all of them. Now tell us again why we need more gun laws?
Armed Georgia Woman Chases Off Intruders
When three teenagers busted into a DeKalb County, Ga., home last Friday night, they likely thought nobody was home. They soon found out differently.
According to police reports, around 10:30 p.m. the teens began kicking in the door of the home, owned by a DeKalb Country Sheriff’s Office employee. The employee was sleeping, when her sons woke her to alert her of the intruders.
The homeowner grabbed a gun and shot one of the intruders, forcing the other two to flee. The homeowner and other occupants in the house were not injured.