We’ve repeatedly reported about the deadly violence in Chicago. With murders up 50 percent over last year and seemingly no end in sight, police are now turning their efforts toward an actual solution—arresting criminals.
“These are people that are choosing this lifestyle,” says Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, referring to the gang members who regularly cycle in and out of prison. “So imagine if we could eliminate half of those people, where our crime, gun violence, would be in the city of Chicago.”
Police are hoping to accomplish that through a series of raids aimed at sweeping up repeat offenders. A raid last Friday netted 101 arrests—and 61 of those individuals were documented gang members. They’re some of the 1,400 bad guys Johnson says are driving violence in the Windy City. “Until we let them know that we’re serious about it, they’re going to continue to do what they do,” Johnson added.
Bloomberg, Film Critic: Demands John Lott Cut From Anti-Gun Movie
In an announcement that surprises no one, John Cardillo is claiming that portions of interviews with John Lott were taken out of Katie Couric’s anti-gun pseudo-documentary “Under the Gun” at the urging of none other than former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In June, we told you how the documentary hadn’t included a single word of Lott’s interview, which ran four hours in length. More recently, during “The John Cardillo Show” radio program this month, the host told Lott—gun rights author and Crime Prevention Research Center founder—that “… my brother knows one of the financiers on the Katie Couric project—and he told me your footage from that documentary was cut after a private screening between Katie Couric and Michael Bloomberg.”
This wasn’t a huge surprise to Lott, who countered that “Bloomberg’s people” frequently cancel or shut down his appearances when they have the chance. Billionaire Bloomberg is spending millions to finance a number of anti-gun organizations and ballot initiatives, and seemingly has never found a gun-control law he doesn’t like.
Mexico Asks U.S. To Ban Popular Semi-Auto Rifles
According to a recent report at GlobalTimes.cn, Mexico’s foreign minister has chosen to meddle in the U.S. gun-control debate, calling on Congress to restrict the sale of so-called “assault weapons” in the United States.
Foreign Minister Ruiz Massier made the call at a recent meeting of the UN Arms Trade Treaty in Switzerland, saying the guns “cause harm on both sides of the border.”
Perhaps instead of calling on banning of common, popular semi-automatic rifles in the United States, Mexico should work on outlawing those guns in their own country if they deem them to be a problem. What’s that you say? They’re already illegal? Problem solved, then, unless somehow criminals still find a way to acquire banned guns and use them in their violent endeavors.
What’s likely more of a problem to law-abiding Mexican citizens than semi-automatic rifles being sold to law-abiding Americans is the 2,000-plus rifles that the ATF intentionally sent across the border and lost track of a few years back. The agency and the Obama administration have been trying to cover up the truth about the fiasco ever since. Anyone remember Operation Fast and Furious?
Wyoming Governor Declares New Shooting Sports Initiatives
“Wyoming is a firearms state, and we are proud of that.”
With that, Gov. Matt Mead signed a proclamation declaring “Wyoming’s Day at the Range” and launched three initiatives to encourage shooting sports statewide. The proposals include:
The Open Ranges Initiative—enabling local partnerships to increase access to public shooting ranges;
The Wyoming 100 Initiative—an amateur-level competition to recognize Wyoming’s top 100 shooters; and
The Governor’s Match—a national 2-gun (semi-automatic rifle and pistol) match featuring some of the country’s best competitors.
Mead continued, “These initiatives promote safe shooting and participation in shooting sports—whether hunting, target shooting or sanctioned competitions. Working with the Game and Fish Department, the National Rifle Association, the firearms industry and local governments, we hope to open more opportunity for people to shoot safely.” Mead also noted that Wyoming has a growing firearms industry. “They are helping to diversify our economy—we are glad to have them here.”
Man Saves Neighbor From Estranged Husband Under Restraining Order
About 8 p.m. last Friday, a man in Gonzales, La., heard a disturbance at the house next door and went to see if his neighbor needed help. As he approached the residence, Nicky Wilkinson—the neighbor’s estranged husband—pointed a gun at him. The concerned neighbor then pulled his own gun and fired one shot, killing Wilkinson.
According to local media, the neighbor might have arrived just in the nick of time to save his neighbor, as Wilkinson apparently had a history of violence. In February, Wilkinson’s wife had filed a restraining order against him. As it was still an active petition, that meant Wilkinson was already in direct violation of court order. The two were due in court this Friday.
No charges are expected to be filed against the helpful neighbor.
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