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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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Walk along Frostburg’s Main Street in the spring and summer and one can’t miss the beautiful floral arrangements that adorn the lampposts.
President and Obamacare: Who needs Congress?
Being a fellow from a small town like Cumberland I don’t always really understand what’s going on in Washington. But I have watched a few houses being built over the years. I even helped some with one house, but my brother fired me from that work pretty quickly, mainly because it was his house being built.
Sweet Success Business Forum this evening in Frostburg
As a member of the Frostburg Business and Professional Association (FBPA), I am pleased to inform the community of the “Sweet Success” event sponsored by the city of Frostburg and our organization.
The idea of spending up to $7,500 for a study about the possibility of bringing a minor league baseball team to the area should at least be allowed to reach first base.
You can help United Way reach its goal
The United Way of Allegany County campaign for 2013-14 will end April 30 and to date has raised more than $430,000, which is over 86 percent of its goal. But there is still $70,000 to be raised in a very short time.
Support Canal classrooms with tax-deductible gift
While your April 17 article (“Park Service opens Canal classrooms,” Page 1A) described this exciting program accurately, your readers may be wondering how they can help support this new educational opportunity for school children in Allegany County.
Ivan Hall story brings back memories of a unique man
I enjoyed Mike Sawyers’ Ivan Hall story. It was well written and brought back some wonderful memories of my Cumberland days and especially, an unique man.
It’s a secret
Could someone enlighten us about why not even the names of the two entities bidding on development of the Footer Dye Works building can be divulged?
A Times-News article about the bids included an explanation from a lawyer for the attorney general’s office about the need to keep the names and other information secret at this time. Despite that, the logic of not divulging at least a little more information escapes us.
What do we do about those who weren’t criminals after all?
Now that Maryland has become the 17th state to (finally) decriminalize possession of marijuana, one could say that the legislature and governor should be patted on the back for doing the right thing.
The first step
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.
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