With 857 shootings and 133 murders on the books so far in 2016, some Chicago leaders are looking for other ways to solve the problem than just adding more laws that affect only law-abiding gun owners. “We are arresting people, and we are arresting the right people,” said Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. “We are facing a long-term problem and that is that individuals are just not being held accountable for gun crimes.”
Because Illinois is one of several states to carry out recommendations from a prison reform commission—which is working to reduce prison population by 25 percent—mandatory minimum sentences are being reduced or eliminated altogether. That means someone like seven-time convicted felon Lamar Harris is returned to the streets and able to shoot three police officers.
This revolving door of “justice” has created a deadly cycle of violence in the Windy City. And until criminals are held accountable, Chicago will continue its reign as one of America’s deadliest cities.
Radio Station Anti-Gun Facebook Post Backfires
Last Tuesday, a Colorado Springs radio station posted a photo of a lunch counter customer openly carrying a safely holstered Glock with the question, “If you were in a public place, would you feel comfortable with this sitting 10 feet away from your children?”
However, the anti-gun bias in the phrasing of the question backfired. By Monday, the post from 98.9 Magic FM had gone viral, with the overwhelming majority of the more than 100,000 responses being an enthusiastic, “Yes!” Comments continued to skyrocket throughout the day, with supporters of the arms bearer outweighing detractors roughly 30-1:
“He’s a guy having a meal. What’s wrong with that?”
“Yep. Happens all the time. Sometimes they’re in uniform.”
“Feel comfortable with that guy? Um, usually I AM that guy.”
“I would be more comfortable with the gun nearby, than if my kids were listening to your station without supervision.”
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To find out what’s driving these increases, Reilly interviewed first-time gun owners, scholars and retailers, all of whom explained the importance of women taking charge of their personal safety. In fact, their stories convinced Reilly to purchase her own firearm.
“We often say we would do anything for those we love—so I feel with this decision, I am,” she wrote. “As threats in the world grow more serious, I too, am growing more serious—about my own safety and about the safety of people in my home that I hold dear.”
Border Patrol: Obama’s Catch-And-Release Policies Create “Open Border With Mexico”
Border Patrol agents are now forced to release illegal aliens “still soaking wet from crossing the Rio Grande” under verbal orders issued as part of President Obama’s border enforcement “priorities,” the head of the agents’ labor union told Congress last week, according to the Washington Times.
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told the House Judiciary Committee that illegals have learned to game the system, telling agents that they arrived in the U.S. before Jan. 1, 2014, in which case, if they have no criminal record—or even if they do—they’re simply released.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, insists there is no such “stand down” order, with CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske saying that those who object to Obama’s policies should look for new jobs. However, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said, “President Obama must end his disastrous open border policies.”
Bill Lowering Concealed-Carry Age For Military Passes Colorado Senate
Republican Colorado state Sen. John Cooke’s measure to correct an extraordinary contradiction in which members of the military cannot apply for a Right-to-Carry permit before age 21 passed the Senate last week. “Here are 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds who are in the Army. They can be a door gunner and fire tanks. They can go overseas and defend us, but they can’t come back to Colorado and defend themselves with a concealed-carry permit,” Cooke told The Greeley Tribune. “That’s wrong.”
The creation of the legislation actually began as a family matter. Earlier this year, Cooke’s daughter—a 19-year-old in the Army Reserves—was denied a concealed-carry permit as Colorado law requires applicants to be 21. Getting the bill through the Senate was Cooke’s first step in rectifying the oversight; now he sets his sites on the Democratic-controlled House. “It’s a good opportunity for the House Democrats to say ‘we are reasonable on gun issues,’” he said.
Armed Homeowner Stops Fire Attack
A suburban Phoenix homeowner used his firearm to stop a home intruder who was trying to burn down his house.
According to local media reports, the homeowner woke up in the middle of the night to find a man inside his home setting it on fire with a torch. He shot the arsonist, who ran away and was later found a couple of blocks away.
The homeowner and another occupant pulled from the burning home by a firefighter were hospitalized in critical condition, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. One firefighter suffered burns that were not life-threatening, and another firefighter and several sheriff’s deputies were treated for smoke inhalation.