The Wilmington, North Carolina StarNews Editorial Board plans to “spend a good amount of time this year educating” readers on youth gang violence in the city—after they educate themselves on “causes and possible solutions.” I’ve suggested how they might do this at the site below.
Another source of enlightenment I would suggest just appeared in an article in the May print edition of America’s 1st Freedom titled, “How to Fix the Crime Problem in Chicago,” by Frank Miniter, published by the National Rifle Association. Mr. Miniter uses the case study of Chicago, Illinois. (www.nra.org)
Chicago has the dubious distinction of having the highest per-capita murder rate in the United States. The city has 150,000 gang members. This year, by March 10, they had committed 115 homicides. Killers using guns are out of control. Yet, Mayor Emanuel insists it’s “largely a gun problem.” Mr. Miniter shows that the problem is not guns, but a failure of the Obama criminal justice system.
Gun ban activists want us to believe legal availability of firearms is the problem. But, according to the U. S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) that licenses and audits stores that sell guns, “licensed gun dealers are not the problem.”
Despite law enforcement people recovering about 45 guns per day from crime scenes in Illinois, they aren’t traced to dealers. In fact, according to BATF statistics on “time-to-crime” (the amount of time when a gun is sold to being found at a crime scene) is nearly 11 years on average nationally; it’s 13 years in Illinois.
Emanuel claims guns are coming from out of State. But BATF evidence shows that the majority of guns taken by police in Illinois in 2014 came from within the State.
Chicago criminals steal guns from gangs, have access on the black market, or get someone to unlawfully procure them. In other words, they are breaking State and federal laws. Clearly, this is illegal behavior.
But what is the criminal justice system doing about it. Actually, as little as possible.
In 2012 Chicago ranked “dead last” in federal enforcement of gun laws per capita. The city has been at or near the bottom of federal jurisdictions prosecuting gun crimes: 82nd of 90 districts in 2014.
Even the Chicago Sun-Times editors know what’s going on. “Cook County judges aren’t throwing the book at people convicted of gun crimes,” they noted.
Not surprising there is a political reason lurking behind this. Under the Obama Department of Justice the “number of gun-related prosecutions has declined almost every year” since he took office in 2008, according to Mr. Miniter. Gun-related convictions are down nearly 35 percent since 2005 when Bush was in office. And most convicted felons are back on the street in less than a year.
It appears that Obama and his government operatives have a political agenda for going easy on prosecuting these violent criminals. In my opinion they are willing to sacrifice lives to further their gun-ban cause. Further, to keep their “racism” campaign alive, they don’t want more evidence that most urban violent criminals are black men.
Mr. Miniter concludes his article:
Emanuel and Obama haven’t shown any sign of dropping the politics to do the right thing: forcefully arresting and prosecuting bad guys to make the streets safer for the many good residents of Chicago.