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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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Which approach to the school makes sense?
What exactly is the long-range plan, according to the Allegany County Commissioners?
I’ve read in the Cumberland Times-News that the current County Commissioners intend to spend $9 million to construct a new high school.
H.O.G. Rally coming to Cumberland in June
Let me introduce myself. My name is Francine Kraft and I am the Maryland/Delaware State H.O.G. Rally Coordinator for 2014.
With a team of seven others, we have put together a rally for June 19-22 to be held in Cumberland.
Access to trout ponds hard for those who have trouble walking
I took my 5-year-old grandson Easton, who lives in Cumberland, to the Evitts Creek three ponds on March 31, the day it was stocked with trout.He had the joy and excitement of catching his first trout and two more. I have a Maryland fishing license and trout stamp.
Wait long enough; they will die off without being cared for
The letter to the editor of April 14 (“Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.”), I am afraid, hit the nail on the head — sort of — about this next set of returning veterans.
Translations differ, but the message is eternal
This letter is in response to a recent letter titled “One cannot compromise on God’s word” (April 13 Times-News). I had previously written a letter titled “Why are compromises so difficult to achieve” (April 7).
Closing the loopholes will help clear the regulatory waters
After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
Remember where your freedom comes from before criticizing
The deal at Fort Hood could have been avoided if it was caught in time.
When you think a GI is not acting right, have him or her checked out before you put them back on duty and give them a weapon. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious and dangerous problem if it is not taken care of right away.
Midterm elections give chance to return to American values
A movement has been started by veterans of our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. That includes Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel for those not familiar with the history of both and their sacrifice. This is no small special interest group, but many millions of Americans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all respond.
Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.
Our legislators in Washington must stop playing politics with our veterans, this is especially true of Vietnam war veterans. Will the game playing carry over to our veterans of present day wars? Will they too become pawns? Veterans have few friends in Washington. Just like the Vietnam veterans, today’s veterans will face
what we are up against, little to no support.
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”
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