Gun Crime in Chicago and Knife Crime in Britain have same Root Cause

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 16th, 2014

Week in Review

Chicago is adrift in a sea of blood.  Despite their strict gun laws there is an epidemic of gun violence in the city.  And the reason for this, say those on the left, is the availability of guns elsewhere.  Guns that are brought into Chicago and get into the hands of innocent young kids.  Forcing them to leave their peace-loving ways.  That’s the problem.  Get rid of all the guns and those kids will stay peace-loving and as pure as the wind driven snow.  For without guns there can be no violence.  Because what person would never think about picking up a knife (see Impose tougher sentences for knife crimes, says top judge by David Barrett posted 4/16/2014 on The Telegraph)?

The most senior judge in England and Wales has called on magistrates to impose tougher sentences for youths who carry knives.

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the Lord Chief Justice, said more severe punishments could help cut the “prevalence” of such crimes.

In a ruling at the Court of Appeal in London, Lord Thomas said: “Given the prevalence of knife crime among young persons, the youth court must keep a very sharp focus, if necessary through the use of more severe sentences, on preventing further offending by anyone apprehended for carrying a knife in a public place and to securing a reduction in the carrying of knives.”

Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, has previously expressed his concern about knife criminals being handed cautions and other non-custodial punishments.

Mr Grayling brought in new measures in December 2012 which were designed to impose mandatory jail sentences on anyone who uses a knife or offensive weapon to threaten and endanger others.

Britain has very strict gun laws.  It’s like Chicago writ large.  So people can’t go to a part of Britain where there are lax gun laws.  Buy guns.  And taking them to another place in Britain that has strict gun laws.  Even their police don’t carry guns while walking a beat.  They do, however, have units that carry guns.  In response to rising gun crime.  But it’s the knife crime that Britain is struggling with.  And much of the knife violence in Britain is due to the same cause of the gun violence in Chicago.  Gangs.

Is knife violence preferred over gun violence?  Perhaps.  No doubt it is more difficult to stab an innocent bystander in a ‘drive-by’ stabbing.  But because knives are so easy to get almost any gang member can carry a knife.  And anyone with mental health issues can easily pick one up in most any kitchen.  And cause harm.  As in Calgary and Regina, Canada.  And in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.

It’s not the guns or the knives that are causing people to harm others.  These people are just determined to cause harm.  You can try to take away every conceivable weapon but if they want to cause harm they will find a way to cause harm.  Which is what we should be doing.  Trying to prevent them from causing harm.  Not just trying to prevent one way they can cause harm.  With guns.

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Is Chicago the Next Detroit?

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 9th, 2014

Week in Review

Another big American city is having ‘Detroit’ problems.  And may soon follow Detroit down the Road to Serfdom.  The warning signs are all there.  But will this big American city—Chicago—listen?  Well, Chicago like Detroit is a big Democrat city.  So, no.  They will not heed the warning signs.  And will make things even worse by going more ‘Detroit’ (see Chicago Votes to Go the Way of Detroit by Michael Auslin posted 2/6/2014 on National Review).

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is increasingly a textbook example of how far the Democratic party has moved to the left since Bill Clinton’s day.

Emanuel, who cut his teeth in Clinton’s administration, just presided over a $1.9 billion increase in Chicago’s debt, only months after Moody’s downgraded the city’s bond ratings three notches based on its growing and unsustainable spending and debt obligations…

Old-line Democratic cities, it seems, have learned nothing from Detroit’s collapse. Wishful thinking, ignorance of the parallels, and misleading excuses are the common defenses trotted out by city administrators who have no intention of having to deal with the mess they have either made or worsened. Indeed, Emanuel explicitly rejected the Detroit comparison, arguing that, unlike the Motor City, which was fatally dependent on the auto industry, Chicago has “an extremely diverse economy where no one sector is more than 13 percent of the employment.”

That may be true now, but surely Emanuel knows that Illinois’s and Chicago’s high tax rates are causing a business exodus. The Chicago Tribune recently highlighted ten major companies threatening to leave Illinois and the Chicago area, including the Chicago Board of Trade, U.S. Cellular, and CME Group, the world’s biggest futures exchange company. Part of Chicago’s problem is being stuck in Illinois, which has the country’s third-highest unemployment rate, a dysfunctional state government, and crippling taxes that have led over 30 companies to cross over the state line to Indiana recently. But Chicago’s own borrowing and profligate pension promises will continue to eat away at its credit rating and desirability of doing business there. All this will help hollow out the city and its tax base, and eventually could lead to an all-too-familiar downward spiral once the productive elements of the city decide the benefits of staying don’t outweigh the costs of moving.

Of course the reason why Emanuel is throwing Chicago into this black hole of debt is because he is a Democrat.  And that’s how Democrats win elections.  By buying votes.  With a lot of good-paying jobs in the public sector.  Jobs with generous benefits.  Especially in retirement.  Thanks to profligate pension promises.  Requiring a large portion of city taxes to go to pay these underfunded pension obligations.  That are so underfunded they need to borrow money in addition to those high taxes to meet those pension obligations.

This is exactly what happened in Detroit.  The massive cost of their public sector became harder and harder to pay for.  So they began to fleece businesses as much as they could.  With higher taxes, fines, fees, regulations, etc.  Which only chased businesses out.  Making their problem worse.  For they never cut their spending.  Even though half of their tax base had disappeared they still tried to spend as if their tax base never shrunk from its high in the Sixties.  And we see where that led to.  Bankruptcy.  Something Chicago is now flirting with.  And a fate they will share if they don’t cut back their spending to what they can support without fleecing businesses out of the city.

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Chicago sets near Record for Snow and Cold 13 Years after Climate Scientists said we’d soon have no more Snow

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 11th, 2014

Week in Review

Back in 2000 noted climate scientists were lamenting the loss of snow thanks to global warming (see Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past by Charles Onians posted 3/20/2000 on The Independent).

Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6°C higher in the Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by 0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record occurred in the Nineties.

However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

The effects of snow-free winter in Britain are already becoming apparent. This year, for the first time ever, Hamleys, Britain’s biggest toyshop, had no sledges on display in its Regent Street store. “It was a bit of a first,” a spokesperson said.

Fen skating, once a popular sport on the fields of East Anglia, now takes place on indoor artificial rinks. Malcolm Robinson, of the Fenland Indoor Speed Skating Club in Peterborough, says they have not skated outside since 1997. “As a boy, I can remember being on ice most winters. Now it’s few and far between,” he said…

Professor Jarich Oosten, an anthropologist at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, says that even if we no longer see snow, it will remain culturally important…

David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes – or eventually “feel” virtual cold.

According to the climate scientists in 2000 snow was soon going to be a thing of the past.  Our winters would warm so much that it wouldn’t be cold enough to have snow.  Or to freeze ponds and lakes to skate upon.  No.  The poor children would have to rely on virtual winters to feel what cold and snow was.

They weren’t making idle predictions.  Their models made it fact.  That’s right, back in 2000 the climate scientists said that there would be no snow in our immediate future.  So that, say, by 2014 we could say goodbye to our snow shovels.  Wonder what we were to do with our food surplus thanks to an extended growing season.  And never slip and fall on ice again (see Chicago already plowed through half its snow removal budget by John Byrne posted 1/10/2014 on the Chicago Tribune).

The City of Chicago already has used about half its 2014 plowing budget trying to deal with the deep snow and intense cold that took hold this month…

Chicago already is just 1.8 inches shy of the normal full-season snow tally of 36.7 inches, according to WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling. The current total is 34.9 inches, more than twice normal and the most snow that has accumulated up to Jan. 10 since the infamous 1978-79 snow season. That’s when nearly 90 inches of snow fell, making it Chicago’s snowiest season on record.

Imagine that.  The climate scientists were wrong.  We still have to shovel that [deleted expletive].  Freeze in those freezing temperatures.  And slip and fall on that ice.  Because there is no global warming to make it warmer and safer for us.  Can it be that the climate scientists were wrong.  Yes.  It can be.  And is.

Yes, we can’t use one weather pattern to prove climate change.  Or the lack of climate change.  But if we’re setting near records for snow and cold 13 years after they said there would soon be no more snow we can at least say that global warming is more politics than science.  Either that or the climate scientists are some of the worst scientists ever to walk the earth.

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Chicago getting Serious about their Crime Wave of Running Red Lights

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 13th, 2013

Week in Review

Some describe the gun violence problem in Chicago as epidemic.  Blaming the lack of jobs for young men.  And the lure of big money working in the drug trade.  Aware of this problem, the mayor of Chicago is focusing his efforts on catching those people running red lights (see New Chicago speed cameras capture more than 200,000 violations in just 45 days by Eric Pfeiffer posted 10/12/2013 on Yahoo! News).

Newly installed speed cameras in Chicago have tallied up some eye-catching numbers, with more than 200,000 violations captured at just four sites ” during the past 45 days…

So far, the city has only been issuing warnings to errant drivers caught on camera. If those warnings had been actual tickets, they would have amounted to $13.9 million in fines in just over a month. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he expects the new speed camera system to generate about $15 million in revenue before the end of the year, once the warning system transitions to issuing actual tickets after October 21.

An analysis from ABC News says that if the violations remain roughly on the same pace through 2014, the program will generate revenue “well above” the $40 to $60 million estimated by Emanuel…

Chicago has said that it plans to use the money generated from its speed cameras to invest in safety initiatives, after school programs, job initiatives and other funding projects.

Really?  You would think that he would want to use that $40-$60 million to shrink the $330 million budget deficit.  Or to apply to their $19.5 billion in unfunded pension liabilities for city, municipal, police, fire and labor workers.  You’d think these were the reasons to install these cameras.  Strictly for the revenue.  For, let’s face it, once drivers get burnt a few times they’re all going to start driving the speed limit.  And that revenue won’t be anywhere near their rosy projections.

Assume they hit their revenue target, though.  Is that a good thing?  Pulling $40-$60 million of economic activity out of the Chicago economy?  I mean, if that money goes to the government no one will be spending it in local businesses.  Perhaps causing some businesses to lay off some workers.  Or, at the least, preventing businesses from growing and hiring new workers.

Also, those cameras may cause some people to slam on the breaks at yellow lights. Paranoid about getting a ticket.  And seeing their insurance rates rise.  Which can be a problem for the car behind them.  Whose driver is not expecting anyone to slam on the brakes the moment the light turns from green to yellow.

You know what would be a better idea?  Balancing their budget.  Only promising pensions they can afford to pay.  And NOT spending the money in pension trust funds.  You do that and you won’t need any revenue-generating camera system.  And you don’t have to anger the police union for replacing cops with cameras.

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Democrats push for Gun Control Legislation despite Fall in Gun Crime

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 21st, 2013

Week in Review

The left hates guns.  They want to take away our guns.  And repeal the Second Amendment.  Which is why they exploit every tragedy that involves a gun that they can.  (Except for the horrible gun crimes in Chicago that rarely receive any media attention.)  To foment anti-gun sentiment.  And it’s been working.  For the America people believe that gun crime is out of control (see Mass shootings are up; gun murders down posted 9/21/2013 on The Economist).

On September 16th a former navy reservist, Aaron Alexis, shot 12 people dead at a military base in Washington, DC. Though rare, such tragedies are increasingly common in America. The past 30 years have seen 67 mass shootings (in which four or more people were killed by a gunman not involved in a conventional crime), says Mother Jones magazine. There have already been five this year, after seven last year. Massacres grab headlines, and so may explain why many Americans believe, incorrectly, that gun crime is on the rise. In fact, gun murders have fallen by half in the past 20 years.

In 2012 there were about 500 people shot to death in Chicago.  Which receives scant news coverage.  But every time there is a mass shooting (Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech) it is not only front-page news but there are calls for new gun control legislation.  Because gun crime is out of control in America.  This is the narrative.  And why the left loves mass-shootings.  For it inflames the people to perhaps accept something they don’t want in the heat of the moment.  Further gun control legislation.

But gun crime is not out of control.  Apart from the Democrat-controlled Chicago.  Actual “gun murders have fallen by half in the past 20 years.”  Despite Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech.  But you wouldn’t know that listening to the Democrats.  As they are apparently lying to the American people to take away our guns.  Which begs the question.  Why?  If gun crime is actually falling then why do they want to take away our guns?

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To avoid Detroit’s Fate Chicago looks at Revenue Generation from Speed Cameras

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 11th, 2013

Week in Review

The City of Detroit bankruptcy shows how the massive costs of a city’s public sector are strangling these cities.  Promises of generous pensions for a long retirement and free health insurance up until you die are just promises these cities can’t pay for.  So some (like Detroit) raised their tax rates so high that people left the city in droves.  Further reducing the tax base.  While other cities turn to other revenue generating schemes (see Speeders were plentiful in camera test run by David Kidwell and Bill Ruthhart posted 8/12/2013 on the Chicago Tribune).

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel rolls out his long-delayed speed camera plan, new numbers his office released suggest that drivers who speed in Chicago could rack up way more in fines than a cash-starved City Hall initially projected.

The mayor had hoped to bring in $30 million this year. But results from a monthlong test of the automated camera system indicate the city could reap well into the hundreds of millions of dollars in the program’s first year.

City transportation officials argue that estimate is overblown, but the test period statistics the mayor’s office released Friday reinvigorated critics who argue that the program is more of a cash grab than the child safety measure Emanuel sold it as…

City transportation officials put estimated first-year revenues at $40 million to $60 million, arguing that several factors will cut down on the number of tickets actually issued.

For starters, they argue that it’s incorrect to estimate revenues based on the test program. They suggest the money will never reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars because of a number of factors. The most important: the fast learning curve of Chicago drivers…

Ald. Leslie Hairston, 5th, who voted against the speed camera program, said the number of speeders captured on the test cameras supports her insistence that the main motivation is to generate more city revenue.

“I guess this is just going to be a city for wealthy people, that’s where we’re headed,” she said…

The speed camera rollout was scheduled for closer to the start of the year, but it was delayed after City Hall came under scrutiny following Tribune reports of an alleged bribery scandal involving its 10-year-old red light camera program.

Making the streets safer for children is a noble goal.  But like their red light camera program it’s all about the Benjamins.  The money.  And they love cameras because they can rake in the money without having to put more costly public sector workers (i.e., cops) onto the streets.  That is, they’re outsourcing these costly union jobs to machines.  To minimize their labor costs.  Just like corporations try to minimize their labor costs.  Because union workers are very, very expensive.

But like every government revenue policy they’ve overstated the expected revenue from these cameras.  Just like a higher cigarette tax rate reduces cigarette tax revenue.  Taxes, and these revenue cameras, change human behavior.  Actually achieving the stated purpose for them (better health if people don’t smoke and safer streets if speeders are punished).  Which means though they have a burst of revenue in the beginning it will eventually taper away.  Requiring a new revenue generating scheme.  And then another one to replace that one.  And so on.  On and on.  Forever and forever.  Instead of doing the simpler thing.  And the thing that would work best.  Forever and forever.  Just stop spending so much.

If the public sector union enjoyed pensions and health care benefits like they do in the private sector there would be no Detroits going bankrupt.  Because there would be no generational theft.  These workers would provide their own pensions—401(k)s—and pay a much larger portion of their health care expense.  And they would work into their Sixties (or more) like the rest of America.  Instead of retiring in their 40s or 50s.  To enjoy a retirement that in some cases lasts longer than their working career.  This would solve the budget problems of the big cities.  Instead of passing it on to future taxpayers who were not included in those generous contract negotiations that they find themselves stuck paying for.

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The Planter Elite, Southern Democrats and the Political Left’s Embrace of Racism

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 18th, 2013

Politics 101

The Left needs Racism to Exist so they can Continue the Fight to End Racism

George Zimmerman had what pretty much everyone said was a fair trial.  And extensive attempts to detect a racial motivation have been in vain.  Most people seem to agree that race was not a factor in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.   Yet since the ‘not guilty’ verdict some have been saying things like if Trayvon Martin was a white kid Zimmerman would not have followed him.  And that if Martin was a white kid and a black man shot him a jury would have found that black man guilty of first degree murder.

These things are so obvious that some people (primarily those on the political left) are demanding the federal government charge Zimmerman with a race-based hate crime.  And for violating Martin’s civil rights.  Despite pretty much everyone having said it was a fair trial.  And extensive attempts to detect a racial motivation have been in vain.  But it’s now about race.  Why?  And where is their concern for what’s happening in Chicago?  Where the black on black murder rate is soaring?

Government fixes problems.  And Big Government fixes big problems.  Problems like racism.  By creating agencies and writing legislation to end racism.  Increasing the size of the government.  And increasing their power.  Putting more and more people into powerful positions.  Earning large salaries.  While activists agitate.  Getting more time in the news whenever they speak out against racism.  Staying relevant.  And allowing them to collect vast sums of money to continue the fight to end racism.  Which brings us to why the political left is giving the Zimmerman case a racial component when none exists.  For they need racism to exist.  So they can continue the fight to end racism.  Because it gives them power.  And pays them so well.

The Left has transformed Rugged Individualism into Complacency, Lethargy and Subservience

The political left wants to expand the size of government.  They want the government to do more for the people.  Like the social democracies in Europe.  And they want the people to be dependent on the government.  With the government redistributing ever more wealth.  And they want to be the people deciding who gets this redistributed wealth.  Because of the power it gives them.  And the wealth.  For the more wealth that passes through the government the more they can skim off the top.  So they can make ‘investments’ in selected businesses.  Businesses, coincidentally, that their friends own.  Who return the favor with campaign donations.  From the very tax money they ‘invested’ in those businesses.

But their crony capitalist friends in business are not the only recipients of government largesse.  The government gives alms to the people.  To make them dependent on government.  Form Social Security to Medicare to Obamacare to food stamps.  Not a lot to make their lives really comfortable.  But enough that they can survive without working.  Getting them complacent.  Lethargic.  And subservient.  A permanent underclass.  Afraid to lose their government benefits.  So they keep voting the political left into office.  To keep their benefits.  Keeping them complacent.  Lethargic.  And subservient.  A long way from the rugged individualism of our grandfathers.

But it’s just not the crony capitalism.  And the alms.  There are also the agencies and the legislation.  And the vast government bureaucracy.  That becomes so entrenched that it becomes impossible to get rid of it.  Which is why government only grows.  It never shrinks.  Because government bureaucracies take on a life of their own.  And like any living organism they grow.  And the more agencies and legislation for that permanent underclass the greater that vast government bureaucracy is.  The more positions of power.  And the more money that passes through government.

The Left is making the Zimmerman Verdict about Race because it gives them Purpose, Power and Wealth

During the mid 1800s the majority of southerners lived and worked on family-owned farms.  Were poor.  And did not own slaves.  For slaves were expensive.  The great slave populations were on the plantations.  Owned by the rich planter class.  Who ran the government.  A true Old World aristocracy if there ever was one.  You’ve seen Gone with the Wind.  Glorious mansions.  Huge landholdings.  Servants.  And family names so great they were nearly royalty.  People treated them like royalty.  And they expected the people to treat them as royalty.  For they were.  In the plantation South.  And this was what they were fighting to preserve.  That part of the Old World that the United States broke free from.  Where some people were better than you based on their birth.  And it mattered what your last name was.

So they plunged their people into war.  Telling them it was about states’ rights.  And northern aggression.  When it was nothing more than these few people, the planter elite, the southern Democrats, trying to keep the South in the 18th century.  With them enjoying their positions of privilege.  While the masses toiled for them.  In fact they were so exalted that they actually owned human beings.  Like barons.  And earls.  And dukes.  They liked that world.  Just as landowning aristocracies have for millennium.  Then the Founding Fathers had to come along and muck everything up.  With their “all men are created equal.”  And their Constitution.  Creating a government of the people.  Instead of what it should be.  A government of the privileged elite.  Then that abominable Abraham Lincoln.  And his “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”  How they hated that.  And ever since losing the Civil War the southern Democrats struggled to maintain their position of privilege.

The descendants of those southern Democrats, liberals, still seek privilege and power.  And few have suffered as much to advance their cause than blacks.  They destroyed the black family with Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).  Where the government replaced the father in the black families on AFDC.  Saying these women didn’t need to get married.  Or live with the fathers of their children.  So black children grew up without fathers.  Or male role models.  Which spurred the creation of Big Brothers.  To provide positive role models for these black kids harmed by liberal policies.  So they wouldn’t turn to the streets.  Or gangs.  Which they did.  And still do.  In alarming numbers.  And today little has changed in the black community.  The vast majority of black children are born to single mothers.  And the streets of Chicago run red with the blood of black teens and young adults.  But the political left doesn’t care about these blacks.  Because their deaths can’t help them politically.  Especially when it’s their policies that caused all of this violence.  But when a light-skin Hispanic (who those on the left called a ‘white’ Hispanic) kills a black teen, why, that’s close enough to a white man killing a black teen.  And THAT can help them politically.  Which is why the left is making this a case about race.  Because it gives the left purpose.  And purpose leads to power and wealth.

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Perceived Racism helps Democrats win Elections

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 11th, 2013

Politics 101

The Media labeled George Zimmerman a ‘White’ Hispanic to create a Racial Component where there was None

On February 26, 2012, 28-year old ‘white’ Hispanic George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year old black Trayvon Martin in Sanford in central Florida.  Zimmerman said it was self-defense.  Others are saying he stalked Martin because he was black.  It was the news media that called Zimmerman a ‘white’ Hispanic.  To make this a black-white racial issue.  Some cable channels are carrying the trial of George Zimmerman live.  Because they have made it a big story.  The trial is about over.  And they will soon turn it over to the jury.  Six women.  To decide Zimmerman’s fate.  While the city prepares for ‘Rodney King’ like rioting should the jury acquit Zimmerman.

On April 14th, 2012, a mob of 30 or more black youths brutally attack two white journalists from The Virginian-Pilot.  Which appeared to be more of a black-white racial issue than George Zimmerman.  A member of the neighborhood watch following a stranger in the neighborhood (Martin was living there temporarily).  Whereas the journalists from The Virginian-Pilot were sitting at a red light when someone threw a rock at their car.  Presumably because they were white.  When the male journalist got out of the car a black mob descended on him.  Making it look like an assault based solely on race.  Yet few reported this assault.  Even the journalists’ own paper.  Those who reluctantly reported on it played down the racial component.

So why is the apparently less racially motivated assault (the Zimmerman shooting of Martin) treated more like a racial hate crime while the apparently more racially motivated assault (the journalists from The Virginian-Pilot) is treated less like a racially motivated hate crime?  Why did the media label George Zimmerman a ‘white’ Hispanic?  Making a racial component where there was none?  While ignoring a racial component where there is one?  Well, because some believe that white-on-black crime is still a big problem in this country.  So much so that we can ignore instances of black-on-white crime.  To right past wrongs.  And end lingering racism in this country.

In 2011 the Majority of Homicide Victims AND Homicide Offenders were Black

Alright, what does the data say?  Is there still lingering racism in this country?  This nation that elected a black president?  Twice?  Are there still past wrongs to right?  Well, let’s begin with some homicide statistics.  Pulled from the CDC (see Table 34 (page 2 of 4). Death rates for homicide, by sex, race, Hispanic origin, and age: United States, selected years 1950–2010).  Pulling the number of deaths for white and black males per 100,000 resident population we see that, in fact, blacks suffer a far higher homicide rate.

Black White Homicide Victims 1950-2010

So maybe there is something to say about lingering racism.  And past wrongs to right.  Until you dig a little deeper into the data, that is.  According to the FBI (see Expanded Homicide Data Table 3) there were 14,548 homicides in 2011.  Now, one would expect if there is lingering racism in this country that the higher number of black victims of homicide would correspond to a high number of white murderers.  But according to the FBI that’s not the case.  If you add up the number of black and white murderers in 2011 it totals 10,215.  Approximately 70% of all homicides.  So the lion’s share of homicides are committed by blacks and whites.  But whites were only responsible for 46.3% of those homicides.  While blacks were responsible for 53.7% of them.

So blacks committed the majority of homicides in 2011.  To put that into perspective you have to consider what percentage of the population is black.  Approximately 13%.  So you have about 13% of all Americans committing more than half of all homicides.   Which means the high homicide rate of blacks is not due to whites.  It’s due to blacks.  Suggesting that we don’t have lingering racism in the country.  Like the media is trying to say with the Zimmerman-Martin trial.  What we really have is a serious black-on-black crime problem.

A High Profile Case like the Zimmerman Trial can do Wonders to Create Actual Racism

While the Zimmerman trial is receiving full media coverage the brutal attack of The Virginian-Pilot journalists disappears into obscurity.  Because the racial component is wrong.  Just as it is wrong for the high homicide rates in Chicago.  So the media doesn’t cover it.  Unlike the Zimmerman trial.

In the first 6 months of this year there were 259 homicides in Chicago.  And 201 (77.6%) of these homicide victims were black.  While they only make up 33% of the population of the city.  In fact, not only were the majority of homicide victims black.  According to the Chicago Tribune (see Homicide numbers reveal stark contrast) the majority of murderers were black, too.  Which is why the media isn’t interested in the epidemic of crime in Chicago.  Especially the gun crime in Chicago.  Because the racial component is wrong.

So why is the media obsessed with white-on-black crime but ignores black-on-white and black-on-black crime?  Because white-on-black crime is politically useful.  Over 90% of blacks voted for President Obama.  As Democrats get the black vote.  Because of this perception of lingering racism.  And the perception that white Republicans are racists.  A high profile case like the Zimmerman trial can do wonders to create actual racism.  To drive a wedge between the races.  And further paint whites like the ‘white’ Hispanic George Zimmerman as racists.  Which resonates not only with blacks.  But with young people.  Those first-time voters.  And those college kids.  Who believe the United States is a racist country.  And vote Democrat to end that racism.  Which they believe they will do if they keep Republicans out of office.  And reporting on the epidemic of black-on-black crime in Chicago or blacks assaulting white journalists in Virginia do nothing to advance that political agenda.

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Chicago has a Gun Problem while Britain has a Knife Problem

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 16th, 2013

Week in Review

Gun violence is out of control in the US.  And knife violence is out of control in the UK (see Two teenagers arrested over stabbing murder of 17-year-old boy in Bristol by Rod Minchin posted 6/15/2013 on The Independent).

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 17-year-old boy.

The victim was stabbed near the junction of Cossington Road and Newquay Road in the Knowle West area of Bristol shortly before midnight yesterday.

The youth was taken to Frenchay Hospital but died shortly afterwards, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Sad.  But not all that uncommon.  For the Sun reported in 2010 that six people a week are stabbed to death in the UK.  Or 312 each year.  With stabbings leading all homicide deaths.  It’s getting so bad that some are calling for automatic jail time for knife possession.

So how does this compare to a big American city?  Say Chicago?  In 2012 there were 443 homicides by firearms.  Their leading homicide weapon.  So the city of Chicago has more homicides than all of Britain.  Even though both have very strict gun laws.  But they also share something else in common.  They both have gang problems.

Gangs kill.  Whether with a gun.  Or a knife.  If you get a handle on the gangs you reduce the number of homicides.  Whether there are guns—or knives—on the street.

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The Solution to the Epidemic of Gun Violence is adopting Conservative Economic Policies

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 16th, 2013

Week in Review

The Left is saying there is an epidemic of gun violence in the nation.  And President Obama wants to pass new sweeping federal gun control laws in response to that epidemic.  Because the Left has always wanted to take guns away from the people.  The president wants to try these sweeping measures even if it only saves one life.  And that may be all the lives they save.  One.  For guns aren’t killing people.  It’s the people using these guns that are killing people.  And that’s what we should be looking at.  These people.  And what so many of them have in common (see MILLER: Chicago’s deadly gun control lessons by Paul Miller posted 2/11/2013 on The Washington Times).

Last year, more than 500 individuals were murdered in Chicago…

Fifty-six children — under the age of 18 — met violent ends last year in Chicago, while 133 individuals — nearly one-third of all the murdered victims — never saw their 21st birthdays. Still, the city and the state don’t want to talk about the nightmare that Chicago’s African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods have become. Nobody is asking how the disastrous economy of Illinois is contributing to violence on the streets of Chicago.

Illinois has an unfunded pension deficit of $200 billion. It now lays claim to the worst credit rating in the nation. Single-party rule — controlled by public-employee unions — has created a business climate that is benefiting neighboring states. The black unemployment rate average in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, was 24.2 percent. That is not a typo — the unemployment rate in Chicago’s black community is almost 1 in 4. The overwhelming majority of the murders take place in minority neighborhoods, which implies this is not a gun control issue — “it’s the economy, stupid…”

Elected officials for over a decade have seen their policies fail time after time. They continue down the same path, knowing full well their policies do more economic harm than good. They are more concerned with power than people. The results are higher taxes, fleeing businesses and no jobs. Minority communities get hit the hardest.

Guns don’t kill people — politicians do…

Unemployment in minority communities is appalling. That story line in Chicago is the same from Detroit to Baltimore and Oakland to St. Louis. The most dangerous cities in the nation have minority communities that see no hope because they have little opportunity. The results have been the same throughout human history — poverty leads to violence and hopelessness equals suffering.

What’s causing people to pick up guns and kill people?  Liberal economic policies.  At least, in cities like Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland and St. Louis.  Cities controlled by liberal Democrats.  That are highly unionized.  Have high taxes.  And costly business regulations.  All of which discourage business from locating in these cities.  Which is why these cities have such high unemployment rates.  Especially in their minority communities.  Creating fertile ground for unrest.  Hopelessness.  And desperation.  Making people pick up guns to kill people.

Guns aren’t the cause of this violence.  They’re the effect.  It’s the poor economic conditions that cause people to be hopeless and desperate.  Pushing them towards gangs.  Drugs.  And violence.  Had they had jobs they would not be so hopeless and desperate.  As they would be too busy working.  And raising their families.  This is what conservative economic policies give.  A business-friendly environment that creates jobs.  While liberal economic policies give us strong unions, high unemployment, hopelessness and desperation.  Especially in our minority communities.

So if the president wants to adopt policies that can stop this epidemic in gun violence he should endorse conservative economic policies.  And if you bring down the unemployment rate down from 24.2% you’re going to get a lot of people off the street.  And save a lot of lives.  Far more than just one that the president is targeting with his new sweeping federal gun control laws.

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