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Chicago recently announced its firearm-related crime figures for 2012 — more than 2,500 shootings and at least 513 homicides (they say “at least” because some of the victims haven’t died yet).
Remember that this is in a city with among the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. In fact, Chicago has so many shootings that the Chicago Tribune devotes a special section to them daily.
The situation in Chicago is best illustrated by this single headline from last August, “13 people shot and wounded in 30 minutes of Chicago violence, including 8 on a single street.”
But what is really astonishing about most of Chicago political and civic leaders is their steadfast refusal to confront reality.
No matter how obvious the failure of their anti-gun programs, no matter how many gang shootings per night, their response is always the same: “We need more gun laws,” says Rahm Emanuel, mayor and former presidential chief of staff and advisor.
Emanuel knows quite well that the most powerful person in Illinois is not the governor, it is the mayor of the city of Chicago. Because by controlling the massive bloc of Democrat voters (alive and dead) that Chicago represents, the city dominates the state.
Since the 1950s Chicago has been run, by Democrats, it should be heaven on earth, filled love, peace and tranquility.
Yet the city never gets well. Violence never takes a holiday even with draconian gun laws.
And if anyone expected things in Chicago to change after the saintly Mayor Richard M. Daley retired and Rahm Emanuel took over, they were sadly mistaken.
In spite of a rash of shootings over the summer, the new mayor’s approach is little more than a rehash of Daley’s “blame the guns” stand. Blame the DUI on the car syndrome.
Now, with the uproar over the Connecticut school shooting, no one should be surprised that another veteran of the virulently anti-gun Chicago Democrat machine, President Obama, is contemplating bringing Chicago-style gun control to the rest of the nation.
The anti-gun potion has been sitting on the shelves in Washington like a bottle of champagne waiting for the opportunity to be uncorked.
Now pistol-packing Diane Feinstein is putting her outrage face as she carries her 357 magnum.
But she knows the little people are incapable of freedom. Just as does “Mayor Goonberg” of New York.
As Andrew Carnegie often said, let me paraphrase “People always have two reasons for doing a thing, the one that sounds good and then there’s the real reason.”
Well Chicago illustrates that crime is not deterred by laws. Like an abandoned greenhouse in a bad section of town, the more laws the more that get broken.
Gary K. Aronhalt
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If all goes as planned, Frostburg State University will one day offer a doctorate in nursing, a physician’s assistant program and a new health sciences building on campus.
Where to look
Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.
Public libraries remain one of the best uses of taxpayer dollars. They are open to all. Young or old, poor or wealthy, residents can use computers and read current magazines and newspapers. Compact discs featuring a wide variety of music and
movies on DVD may be checked out in addition to novels and other books.
Legislation that increases hunting oppportunities on Sundays in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties has passed the Maryland General Assembly and reached the governor’s desk.
One cannot compromise on God’s word
A recent letter asked, “What is it about compromises that seem so undesirable?” Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The next verse goes on to say, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”
Ballpark project a partnership, not a government handout
To the Editor:
Regarding Mark Nelson’s recent objection to county government assistance to exploring the placement of a minor league baseball team in the Cumberland region, I would answer that the project should be considered a partnership between private enterprise and government. The private support would come by way of donations collected from local citizens, currently banked through the Dapper Dan Club.
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Decriminalizing marijuana lines pockets of drug cartel
Has the Maryland government decided they like contributing to the drug cartel? Their new decriminalization of marijuana does nothing but line the pockets of the cartel.
We’ve never been big fans of speed cameras, primarily for two reasons. First, because the cameras are not always accurate, and secondly because many jurisdictions seem to create revenue by installing cameras and issuing high numbers of speeding tickets.
Maryland state government took a step in the right direction when the General Assembly approved legislation aimed at making spending data more available and searchable to everyone.
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