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January 10, 2013 by Ish

The nation has been having a conversation about guns for thirty years. With the exception of Illinois (mostly Chicago), California (mostly suburban Los Angeles, San Fransisco, and Berkley), New York City, and Washington D.C., that conversation was concluded years ago. We have more civilian ownership of firearms than ever, more civilians with legally concealed weapons than ever, and less violent crime than ever.

The national conversation about guns is over. But the Democratic Party and mass media don’t want to talk about “guns,” they want to talk about “gun violence.” Well, that’s just asinine. Gun violence is no more and no less worthy of a conversation than any other form of violence.

Young poor urban black males make up the largest portion of homicide victims in this country, at a ratio of 6:1 over any other group. They are followed closely, but in descending orders of magnitude by young poor urban hispanic males, young poor urban black women, and young poor urban white males. These same groups tend to ALSO make up the largest portion of victims for every other violent crime that the government tracks. They ALSO tend to make up the largest portion of perpetrators of these crimes.

We don’t need a conversation about guns. We need a conversation about our cities. Chicago had more than 500 homicides last year, that’s roughly the equivalent of the Aurora theatre shooting EVERY WEEK.

According to the 2010 census…

  • 40% of Chicago Pubic School students drop out, of the remainder only 55% will ever graduate.
  • 30% of Chicago’s children live below the poverty line.
  • 20% of Chicago’s families have a single-mother with no husband present.

According to the 2010 FBI Uniform Crime Report…

  • Chicago had a homicide rate of 15.2 per 100,000
  • Chicago had an aggravated assault rate of 485.5
  • Chicago had a (strong-arm) robbery rate of 501.6
  • Chicago had a (nonviolent) burglary rate of 924.7

If you are a young poor urban black man in Chicago… God help you, because the liberal policies that have been running your city for generations sure as hell won’t.

The Windy City hasn’t had a non-Democrat as mayor since 1927; Chicago has only had one non-Democratic councilman in decades, and he’s not in office anymore; every Congressmen with a district in the city is a Democrat; all of its state legislators are Democrats; Illinois has a Democratic governor; our President and most of his senior advisors are all Democrats and all from CHicago.

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