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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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Daylight Saving Time is now in effect, and if you haven’t already set your clock ahead one hour, you’re behind the 8-ball.
Neighborhoods with strong identity and pride can be a big boost for any city. So it is good to see a Cumberland group working to improve areas all throughout the city.
Sick leave bill would benefit Marylanders
The Cumberland Times-News Feb. 27 article, “Chamber of Commerce opposes bills for required paid sick leave” (Page 1A) presented a one-sided account of a measure that could improve the lives and communities of more than 700,000 Marylanders.
Something on this list just might help you to save a soul
Every day, 18 veterans commit suicide. Every week, thousands of American children commit economic suicide by quitting school.
Money wasted on roundabout could have been spent in city
When the idea of a roundabout on the Route 220 off Interstate 68, that was the biggest mistake the state had made.
Who doesn’t love a mystery, especially when it involves gold.
Theories are springing up around a $10 million trove of gold coins found on their land by a Northern California couple who wisely have chosen to remain anonymous.
It came as a rather sad surprise to read recently that, regardless of how remorseful a dog appears to be when scolded, it has no idea why it is being admonished and probably doesn’t care (“Behaviorists: Dogs feel no shame despite the look,” March 1 Times-News, Page 4A).
There must be better ways to promote cycling
It is a very rare event for me to agree with any politician irrespective of their party. And here I find myself agreeing with Delegate Kevin Kelly (“Plan to establish bike lanes is both absurd and dangerous,” Feb. 27 Times-News).
Roundabout could have been the scene of a fatal accident
I am writing this letter because I am concerned with the safety of this fiasco Maryland calls a roundabout. I call it a death trap waiting to happen. (“Runaway SHA truck injures driver,” Feb. 26 Times-News, Page 3B)
Thanks to the doctors for the inspiration and care they give
National Doctors’ Day is held every year on March 30 in the United States to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its citizens. This year, March 30 falls on a Sunday.
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