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Jumping the ‘gun’….

December 31, 2016


I apologize for the gallows humor in the title when writing about a subject a serious as firearms violence but considering the absurdity of the solutions put forward by community leaders and politicians my ‘jumping the gun’ title is tame.

With the dawn of a new year just ahead and before we have our first mass shooting in 2017 I thought I would reiterate the common sense fact that crazy people and criminals ‘do not obey any laws’. It is obvious that politicians do not understand this simple fact or else why would they continuously call for more and stricter gun laws immediately after any incidents involving assaults with firearms.

A prime example of this idiocy is the city of Chicago, where we have the strictest gun control laws in the nation, yet the cities murder rate is now more than NYC and LA combined, and just over the Christmas weekend eleven men were killed and 37 were wounded. With a total of 4,252 shooting victims so far in 2016 Chicago does not need more gun laws it needs stricter gun law enforcement.


Yet you can mark my words
there will soon be headlines after the next shootings
where some politician
is calling for new gun laws to protect his citizens.

Maybe with a new Attorney general
it will be time to cut the political correctness crap
and institute more stop and frisk searches..

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2016 9:44 am

    I don’t believe the right to bare arms or gun control will solve any issues. Let’s look at Canada ( yeah I’m proud of my country) However, we could easily swap it out for the UK, Australia Britain etc etc. . We have a higher gun rate per capita than the US does. However, we have one of lowest murder rates in the WORLD according to the U.N. Even though we have very tight gun controls in place, I firmly believe it is our VIEWS on gun ownership that makes us different. We don’t bring guns to fights. Yeah it does happen, rarely, but when it hits the papers Canadians are aghast bu it. We abhor this type of violence. However when something like that happens in the US what I read is people saying well see what happens, If he’d only been faster on the draw, had a bigger gun, had more guns or had a gun then the ” bad guy” ( whoever that really is) would not be around. Americas ( I love you guys) in general have a wild west mentality. Shoot or be shot. I think what needs to be addressed is cultural norms. Remember back in the 60’s and 70’s NO ONE wore seat belts and thousands were dying. Then came the stricter laws and above ALL else education education education ( sorry if I am repeating myself) of the wrongs of not wearing seat belts. Sure it is a full 1.5 generations later but people now rarely get into a car without one and it is saving thousands of lives daily
    I think Americans need is not control, rather EDUCATION. Guns ARE good. I’ve owned one most of my adult life. I have nothing against them. However, I would never think of using it on someone else NO MATTER what. Education has proven to solve thousand of the world’s issue, such as racism, poverty to some degree, sexism, etc. Why would we not at least table the idea of educating people on the WRONGS of bringing guns to a fight. It may take awhile but it needs to start somewhere.

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  2. December 31, 2016 9:56 am

    Well said, Pete!

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  3. tcriggs permalink
    December 31, 2016 11:26 am

    Um… Might want to check your source’s, sources. He looks like a fake news guy.

    CDC measures gun violence per 100,000 to adjust for population differences. Illinois is smack in the middle at below the national average at 9.0 (10.2 deaths nationally due to gun violence).

    Also… there’s a gun safety advocacy group that reports ‘grades’ by state for gun laws… Illinois yielded a B+. California being the highest, an ‘A’.

    Meanwhile, Alaska got an F, but stats per the CDC for gun deaths was 18.8 deaths per 100,000 population. Far above the national average of 10.2.

    For the 2015 CDC reporting for 2014, 1167 deaths were reported in Illinois due to firearms.

    Stopped by to wish you a safe and happy new years! But had to respond. Sorry. ;-)

    Wishing you all the best in the new year! :-)

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  4. Jon permalink
    December 31, 2016 5:47 pm

    It seems like a distant posting when I saw you say you had seemed to lose interest in even keeping this blog going. But, you didn’t, & this posting proves you haven’t lost a thing.
    Great to see! HAPPY NEW YEAR PETE!!


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