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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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It’s time to bury the idea of endless war
Our 10 years of brutal and unnecessary wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have left tens of thousands of innocent civilians dead and wounded, forced over four million Iraqis into either internal or external exile, killed thousands of U.S. troops, grievously wounding many times that number, and wasted untold billions of dollars.
Have great times, but keep in mind the reason for Christmas
His name is Jesus! Let’s all celebrate Christmas with Jesus in mind this season. Jesus Christ is born.
Learn more about educators before you start bashing them
In response to the letter to the editor by Judith Weller (“Don’t cut other services to meet educators’ demands,” Nov. 27 Times-News), I have a few comments to make.
Mandela lived life of courage, perseverance
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of few people in my corral of courageous leaders including Winston Churchill, Sir Thomas More, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and George Washington.
Fiscal prudence during tight timess needed in education
Jeremy Gosnell fails to understand that educational spending is subject to the availability of money (“Letter reflects an attitude common in Garrett County,” Dec. 7 Times-News).
U.S. in middle of a Monopoly game that will end badly
Our United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make our Great Depression look like child’s play.
Be careful with your debts
Consumers often get caught up in the spirit of giving this time of year, and it is easy to just buy one more gift for a loved one.
Letter reflects an attitude that is alive, well in Garrett County
I wonder if Judith Weller would have that fancy Ph.D. after her initials without education?
Md. Kidney Foundation begins matching gift plan
Knowing that kidney disease is a public health crisis that claims more lives each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer or leukemia, a generous supporter has approached the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) with a matching gift challenge.
Donations needed to provide Bibles for American troops
As the local representative of Revival Fires Ministry, I have been notified that Armed Services Ministry has said 30,000 more Bibles are needed right now.
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