It’s Not ‘Pilgrims’, It’s Not ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’, It’s Black People: The Real Cause of Violence in Chicago, Mr. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy tells Rainbow PUSH: “When people say concealed carry, I say ‘Trayvon Martin.”

We know the score by now: Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy will blame anyone but black people for the crime in Chicago [Top cop Garry McCarthy likens federal gun laws to ‘racism’, Chicago Sun-Times, 6-24-11] and [Police Chief Blames ‘Pilgrims’, Cops for Chicago Violence, Fox News, 6-27-11].

Now, McCarthy has gone to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH and told an adoring black audience he is against concealed carry because – and I’m not making this up – “when that very phrase is uttered around him, he hears ‘Trayvon Martin’ ” [Gun control, violence prevention debated at PUSH, Chicago Sun-Times, 1-12-13:

With just a few of the nearly 7,400 illegal weapons that were seized in the past year on a table in front of them, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, clergy, community activists and victims gathered at the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition headquarters Saturday to discuss the gun violence that has made Chicago the subject of international headlines and to exchange ideas on how to reduce the crime and number of weapons on the streets.

McCarthy and the Rev. Jesse Jackson were joined at the forum by Annette Holt, the mother of Blair Holt, a 16-year-old gunned down in 2007 by a reputed gang member on a CTA bus; ex-alderman and radio show host Clifford Kelley, and the Rev. Otis Moss, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ.

“I’ve been a police officer for almost 30 years,” McCarthy said, “and everybody says to me, ‘What’s different about Chicago?’ It’s real simple — guns are what’s different about Chicago. Every year the Chicago Police Department seizes more guns than any other police department in the country.”

McCarthy said Chicago Police officers seized 7,400 guns last year, “and every one of those is an armed confrontation with a criminal.”

McCarthy brought a few of those seized guns to the PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., and they remained on display throughout the debate.

McCarthy and Kelley both said they were members of the National Rifle Association in their youth, at a time when, according to Kelley, the focus of the organization was responsible rifle ownership and gun safety.

Weighing the desire for gun control with concerns raised by law-abiding gun owners, McCarthy said, “I think there is a middle of the road solution – the 2nd Amendment says you have the right to bear arms. We know, as a reasonable people, that doesn’t include hand grenades and rocket launchers.”

The top cop offered the following solution to control gun violence:

• Banning assault weapons,

• Banning extended magazines,

• Universal background checks for anyone who buys a firearm in the U.S.,

• Mandatory reporting of the sale, theft, or transfer of any firearm, and

• Mandatory minimum sentencing for illegal gun possession.

“All five of these points are reasonable, they do not tell somebody you cannot own a firearm,” McCarthy said. “They will prevent the illegal sale and illegal transfer of firearms into gang bangers’ hands that is wreaking havoc” throughout the country.

Reflecting on the event that has spurred such discussion of gun violence and how to stop it, McCarthy said, “Unfortunately it takes a tragedy like Newtown to occur to raise our consciousness.”

McCarthy said he was not in favor of concealed carry, even when it is mentioned as a possible deterrent to crime. “When people say concealed carry, I say ‘Trayvon Martin,’ he said. “The answer is not more guns.”

That opposition to concealed carry, as well as any measure to arm more people, was echoed by Moss, who said, “We already have concealed carry in our community.

People are concealing and carrying and shooting. Concealed carry does not make us safer. More guns do not make us safer. What makes us safer is economic opportunity, what makes us safer is home ownership.

“You want to stop violence?” Moss continued, “you transform economic opportunity and the violence will stop.”

He added the response to the city’s violence might be different if it were happening in more affluent communities, or if most of the victims were a different race. “If there were too many guns in the hands of wealthy white children, we’d have a different response,” Moss said. “Death is death, and all life should be elevated no matter the color of your skin.”

McCarthy noted that in some communities that are beset by the worst violence, there is a widespread distrust of police, , therefore it’s difficult to simply ask people to reject the “no snitch” culture. “I’m not here to defend the indefensible” actions of some police officers, he said, but McCarthy stressed that, “You are not a snitch if you are a witness or a victim to a crime.”

 Plenty of white people in America live in poverty, but crime rates are nowhere near that of black America — in Chicago or any city for that matter. Concealed carry isn’t legal in Chicago, but the goodwill garnered by mentioning “Trayvon Martin” in a black audience is worth its weight in gold.

Data Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy doesn’t want to read

But would Police Supt. Garry McCarthy five-points in controlling gun violence put a dent in the violence in Chicago? No. [See what gun laws do in Chicago! Rahm Emanuel’s gang violence problem leaves dozens dead from baseball bats, WND, 1-11-13]:

But lost in the debate on gun control is the situation in Chicago, Ill., run by Obama’s friend Rahm Emanuel, where gang violence primarily in the black and Hispanic communities led to the murders of 506 in 2012.

In a city with some of the toughest gun control laws in America, Fox News reported that Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy “acknowledged aiming at assault weapons misses the mark when dealing with Chicago’s gang violence. The weapon used is generally a handgun and rarely is it purchased through legal channels.”

A review of the Chicago Police Department Murder Analysis reports from 2003-2011 provides a statistical breakdown of the manners in which people were murdered in Chicago.

During that period, 4,251 people were murdered in Chicago; 3,371 died from being shot, with 98 percent of the murder weapons being a handgun. Thirty-seven people were killed with a rifle (caliber of bullet not specified) and 40 were killed with a shotgun.

In 27 of the murders, the type of gun used could not be determined by the Chicago Police Department.

Eight-point-seven percent of people murdered in Chicago were stabbed to death; 7 percent of the people murdered in Chicago between 2003-2011 died from what the Chicago Police Department classifies as “assault”; 92 people were killed by strangulation; 27 people by blunt force; 15 by asphyxiation; and 51 people were categorized in the “other” category by the Chicago Police Department.

A closer look at the instruments used in some of the 4,251 murders between 2003-2011 reveals:

  • In 2011, one person was killed with a pocketknife; one a baseball bat; and one was asphyxiated with pry bar.
  • In 2010, three people were killed with a kitchen knife, two with a baseball bat, one with a wooden board, one with rope/cordage, and one with gasoline (burning).
  • In 2009, a pocketknife was used as the murder weapon once, as well as a concrete block/brick and baseball bat. Clothing was also used once in a strangulation murder.
  • In 2008, a baseball bat was used twice, clothing once, and gasoline once as murder weapons.
  • In 2007, a baseball bat was used twice, as well as a pipe being used twice in murders. A hammer was used four times. An electrical/phone cord was used once.
  • In 2006, a baseball bat was used four times.
  • In 2005, a screwdriver was used twice, a baseball four times, a bottle once, a hammer once, and clothing once.
  • In 2004, a screwdriver was used once, a baseball bat seven times; a pipe, a tire iron, a bottle, and a concrete block/brick were all used once apiece. A pillow and an electrical/phone cord were also used once.
  • In 2003, a screwdriver and pocketknife were used once; a bottle, pipe, and handgun (used as a blunt weapon), concrete block/brick were used once. A baseball bat was used four times as a weapon in murder.

Less than 1 percent of the murders in Chicago between 2003-2011 were with what the Chicago Police Department classifies as a “rifle,” which is what an AR-15 would be classified.

Over the period of time, 31 people were murdered with a baseball bat in Chicago, which is almost comparable to the rate at which “rifles” were used as a murder weapon over the same period of time.

 How to stop violence in Chicago? Well… export the black population back to the southern states from where they came, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. You already have some of the toughest gun laws in America, and it’s primarily illegally obtained handguns that are used in crimes/murders/mayhem by black people in Chicago.

Take all the modern-day Bigger Thomas’ making the Second City a metropolitan area more dangerous then the entire nation of Afghanistan, and send them on a Greyhound back below the Mason-Dixon line. Oh — and send a bill to the capitals of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina demanding reparations for the trouble Chicago has endured courtesy of the descendants of the “Great Migration.”



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