The gun-ban paradise of Chicagoland set another tragic milestone last Wednesday during a 14-hour span when 13 people were shot, including a 4-year-old boy who was wounded in the foot while walking with his mother. That moves the number of people shot in Chicago this year past the 1,000 mark—the earliest that number has been reached since tracking began in 2012. In fact, April 20 shatters the record, as Chicago had never previously reached 1,000 before June.
Several of the victims have been simply youngsters, even toddlers, caught in gang crossfire.
While Chicago is famous for its extremely restrictive gun laws as they pertain to law-abiding citizens, its revolving-door justice system is also legendary. Taken together, the combination represents a recipe for disaster that is currently being experienced on the city’s mean streets.
Clinton Takes Gun-Control Message To Connecticut
Hillary Clinton ramped up her gun-control rhetoric in advance of today’s primary, but is her message out of touch? The presidential hopeful promised Newtown, Conn., families that, “I will use every single minute of every day, if I’m fortunate to be your president, looking for ways to save lives so we can change the gun culture.”
But are U.S. citizens really looking for a president who will spend “every single minute of every day” on gun control, when bigger issues like the economy, employment and healthcare need to be addressed? A recent Quinnipiac poll shows only 3 percent of likely Democratic voters cited gun policy as the most important issue in deciding who to support.
As Paul Feeney, Massachusetts state director for the Bernie Sanders campaign, noted, “When we go out and we talk door to door, people want to know if they have a job in the future.”
Then Two-Faced Clinton Flip-Flops In Pennsylvania
Meanwhile, on the campaign trail in a more gun-friendly state, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton completely changed her tune on firearm ownership—an issue she is happy to flip-flop on depending on her audience.
On Friday, Clinton spoke at a rally in Pennsylvania—a state with a long hunting and shooting tradition—and said, “We can’t ignore the Second Amendment.”
“I know how important gun ownership and particularly hunting is here in northeastern Pennsylvania,” Clinton reportedly said. Of course, we all know how important gun ownership is to Clinton. Certainly she hasn’t “ignored” the Second Amendment, as she has made curtailing gun owners’ rights a priority at nearly every campaign engagement since she announced her candidacy.
President Might Begin “Smart Gun” Push
A new media report out yesterday says the Barack Obama administration is preparing to begin a push on the so-called “smart gun” initiative that was part of the president’s January executive actions on firearms.
The Times Union newspaper reported that further action could come within days on the president’s plan to expedite real-world application of the technology, which to date has been tested but remains completely unproven.
NRA Spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen reiterated the stance that the Association certainly isn’t anti-technology, but opposes unproven technology mandated by government. “If your life is on the line, do you want to depend on the same technology you use to access your smartphone?” she said. “We don’t complain about anything developed in the free market that people choose to buy, but we don’t want mandates or prohibitions.”
Good Guys With Guns Stop Prom Shooting
Jakob Wagner was carrying a rifle with enough ammo to cause a tragedy when he arrived at the Antigo High School prom at about 11 p.m. As he made his way toward the crowd of revelers, he opened fire, injuring a couple who was leaving the northern Wisconsin school
Fortunately, the swift action of police and school staff prevented what could have been an unimaginable disaster. The school district released a statement to WSAW-TV, noting, “Because Antigo police were stationed to patrol the parking lot, they responded immediately, and an officer returned fire, severely wounding the shooter.”
A school administrator said he does not believe Wagner, a former Antigo student, targeted the two wounded students specifically; rather, he planned to start shooting randomly. Police say Wagner acted alone and died the following day. The girl was treated and released from the hospital, while the male had surgery for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Kentucky Homeowner Shoots Two During Break-In
A Louisville, Ky., homeowner shot two home intruders who entered his house last Wednesday.
According to local media reports, the two young men tried to break into the house thinking nobody was home. While inside, they killed the family dog before finding the resident was at home. The homeowner retrieved his gun and shot both intruders.
“I mean, it’s a shame that you have to protect your house like that, but someone comes in your house like that while you’re home, then I guess you have that right,” a neighbor told WDRB Radio.