The Center is amused that Redford does satire . . . Chicago is a national embarrassment: Last in jobs and education and first in murder. Heckuva job Redford, Rahm and Obama:
“In Chicagoland, executive producers Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn team with Brick City filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin in an eight-part series about “a city generating change and innovation in social policy, education, and public safety – to meet national and local challenges.”
In a statement, Redford praised Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel: “The vibrant culture and opportunities inherent in this 21st century, world-class city run alongside profound daily challenges. Much of it falls on the shoulders of its tough, visionary mayor, his team and people doing heroic work in neighborhoods throughout the city.”
“Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.
Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center . . .
The number of gun killings dropped 39% between 1993 and 2011, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported in a separate report released Tuesday. Gun crimes that weren’t fatal fell by 69% . . .
Despite the remarkable drop in gun crime, only 12% of Americans surveyed said gun crime had declined compared with two decades ago, according to Pew, which surveyed more than 900 adults this spring. Twenty-six percent said it had stayed the same, and 56% thought it had increased.”
Homeowner reports shooting invader
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A home invasion in Albuquerque’s South Valley doesn’t go as planned early Wednesday morning leaving the alleged invader in the hospital with a gunshot wound.
The wounded man was taken to UNM Hospital where a sheriff’s spokesman said he was in “stable but critical” condition.
Simple. Few organizations or individuals make political contributions to politicians who merely enforce, or promise to enforce, the existing laws. The real money is in promoting or promising new or special laws for special groups.
“Tellingly, (John) Lott immediately makes all his underlying data and computer analyses available to critics — unlike, say, the critics. He has sent his data and work to 120 researchers around the world. By now, there have been 29 peer-reviewed studies of Lott’s work on the effect of concealed-carry laws.
Eighteen confirm Lott’s results, showing a statistically significant reduction in crime after concealed-carry laws are enacted. Ten show no harm, but no significant reduction in crime. Only one peer-reviewed study even purported to show any negative effect: a temporary increase in aggravated assaults. Then it turned out this was based on a flawed analysis by a liberal activist professor: John Donohue, whose name keeps popping up in all fake studies purporting to debunk Lott.”
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/01/americas-most-feared-economist/#ixzz2S5o56aao
From the NY Post:
“Last week, a Bronx resident named Alphonza Bryant was shot and killed while standing with friends near his home. He was 17. Like most murder victims in our city, he was a minority,” a frustrated Bloomberg told NYPD brass during an address at 1 Police Plaza.
“He was just a victim of too many guns on our streets.”
The New York Post reports that a study by the NYC Dept. of Health shows that gun deaths in NYC are down dramatically while Chicago gun murders continue to surge. How can that be when Chicago’s gun control laws are even tougher than in NYC? Simple: NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly targets the people who commit gun crimes:
“Deaths by gunfire in the city are down dramatically, far lower than the national rate, according to a new study — and Mayor Bloomberg credited his policing strategies for the downturn . . . a 31 percent decline during a time when the NYPD drastically increased its use of stop-and-frisk.
Bloomberg aides said they expect the death rate from guns would continue to drop, pointing out that murders by shooting accounted for 57 percent of total homicides in 2012 in the city, which had 419 murders last year.
By comparison, 87 percent of Chicago’s murders last year were caused by firearms, a Bloomberg aide noted.”
Mayor Bloomberg, with a straight face, warned yesterday that “there are people who want to take way our freedoms,” while calling for “different interpretations of the Second Amendment.” Bloomberg’s remarks were apparently made without a trace of irony from the man who restricts what New Yorkers may eat, drink and smoke.
The President’s repeated use of the Newtown parents in public appearances pushing for “gun control” legislation reveals the liberal/progressive tendency to view people as groups, and
“examples,” rather than as individual citizens. This conforms with the liberal/progressive invention of a group (the state national guard) constitutional right to keep and bear arms rather than that right belonging to the individual citizen. Of course, the “group” right attached to the 2d amendment is different, to the liberal/progressive, than the “individual” rights of freedom from unreasonable search and seizure or to assemble, among others, also contained in the Bill of Rights. The liberal/progressive urges that the “people” in the 2d amendment is a group (the state) while the “people” in 1st and 4th amendments is an individual citizen.