The Senate Dog and Pony Show concerning Gun Control got started yesterday, as those who wish to take away average American’s guns presented former Congressperson Gabby Giffords, shot in the head by a psychopath, to testify on their behalf. Meanwhile, out in the Real World, back in President Barack Hussein Obama’s Hometown, Chicago is no longer “that toddlin’ town”. It is now a Demilitarized Zone..a No Man’s Land where innocent young people are being savagely murdered…caught in the crossfire of Thugs.
FoxNews.com reports that
A week after she performed at festivities during President Obama’s inauguration, a 15-year-old majorette was shot dead in Chicago.
Police say Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday in a South Side park and died at a city hospital.
Authorities say Hadiya was one of about 12 teenagers sheltering from heavy rain under a canopy when a man jumped a fence, ran toward the group and opened fire. The man fled the scene in a vehicle. No arrests have been made.
“As usual, the bad guy aims, but he never hits the other bad guy . . . He hits the one that hurts the most to lose,” said Chicago Police Officer Damon Stewart, 36, Hadiya ‘s godfather. “I changed her diapers, I played with her growing up. My heart is broken.”
Police do not believe Hadiya was the intended target of the shooting. A teenage boy was shot in the leg. Police did not release his name.
Hadiya belonged to the King College Prep High School band, which performed at several inaugural events in Washington, D.C. She was remembered by friends as a lover of books.
Two other men died Tuesday and at least eight others wounded by gunfire, the report said.
A horrible murder is nothing new in Chicago. In fact, that city excels at it. The Windy City even beat the Big Apple in the number of murders committed last year.
In a sharp contrast between two of the nation’s largest cities, Chicago recorded its 499th murder of 2012 on Thursday night while New York reported 414 murders as of Friday even though it has more than three times the population, according to police.
Plagued by gang violence, Chicago surpassed last year’s murder total of 433 in October and is set for the highest rate of homicide since the third largest U.S. city recorded 512 in 2008. The number is likely to top 500 on the last weekend of the year.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Friday that the nation’s largest city could finish the year with the lowest number of murders and shootings since 1963, when it began keeping comparable data. The number of murders this year in New York is only about one-fifth the total of 2,245 homicides recorded in the peak year of 1990.
The rising murder rate has frustrated Chicago Police Commissioner Garry McCarthy and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who promised to make the city’s streets safer when he took office in May 2011.
“It’s unacceptable,” McCarthy said in an interview with Reuters on Friday.
New York’s Bloomberg trumpeted the news with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at a police recruit graduation ceremony in the borough of Brooklyn.
Kelly attributed the decline to the increasing use of stop-and-frisk tactics, when police can stop and search people on the street they consider suspicious.
“We’re preventing crimes before someone is killed and before someone else has to go to prison for murder or other serious crimes,” Kelly said in a statement.
Civil rights groups and some local politicians have criticized stop-and-frisk tactics, saying that most people stopped turn out to be innocent, and they unfairly target black and Latino men. The practice is the subject of a federal court case over whether it is unconstitutional.
About that…The New York Times did some research, publishing a map of the locations of Chicago murders. The accompanying text reads
A New York Times analysis of homicides and census data in Chicago compared areas near murders to those that were not. Residents living near homicides in the last 12 years were much more likely to be black, earn less money and lack a college degree.
They also published a breakdown of the neighborhoods:
Austin - More than 450 homicides have happened in this neighborhood in Chicago’s West Side, one of the city’s deadliest places.
Lincoln Park - A predominantly white neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side had about 10 percent the murder rate of neighborhoods to the west.
Grand Crossing - A shooting broke out during the funeral for a victim of another shooting in December. Chicago’s South Side, in neighborhoods like Englewood, Auburn and Woodlawn, has some of the city’s highest concentrations of murders.
Hyde Park - Less than one homicide per year happened in this affluent neighborhood, which is also home to the University of Chicago.
When President Barack Hussein Obama (mm mmm mmmm) started his Gun Confiscation Campaign, ( You Remember. The speech where he used the mass murder of children at Sandy Hook Elementary to jump-start a long-cherished Liberal goal that has been defeated every time self-serving Liberal politicians try to infringe on Americans’ Second Amendment rights.) he said,
We won’t be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try.
2013 is shaping up to be even worse for Chicago, as far as homicides are concerned. RedeyeChicago.com reports that
Forty-four homicides have been logged so far this month. Forty homicides were recorded in January 2012, according to RedEye data.
Mr. President, I suggest you take care of your Hometown, first, where young black teenagers, full of potential, with their whole lives ahead of them, are being senselessly murdered by thugs in their own neighborhoods.
Get the guns away from the criminals.
And, leave law-abiding Americans alone.
Until He Comes,