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"Mr. President, Chicago's Gun Victims Need You Now" - Tom Bevan, Real Clear Politics

 
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"Mr. President, Chicago's Gun Victims Need You Now" - Tom Bevan, Real Clear Politics
BRILLIANT plea for Obama to return to Chicago with the media in tow and address the gun crime in Chicago. How are those asphyxiating gun laws working for you?

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Mr. President, Chicago's Gun Victims Need You Now

By Tom Bevan - January 18, 2013


Mr. President, please come to Chicago.

In Washington on Wednesday, as you rolled out a slate of gun control measures quickly cobbled together in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, you said, “If there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there is even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try.”

If you believe those words, Mr. President, here is a heartfelt suggestion: Come back to your adopted hometown and personally host a summit that grapples seriously with the causes of -- and crafts meaningful solutions to -- gang violence in America’s big cities.

It’s really not much of an exaggeration to say that parts of Chicago resemble a war zone. The numbers are grim. Unofficially, there were 513 homicides in Chicago in 2012, nearly 100 more than New York City, which recorded 414 killings but which has a population three times larger. Chicago’s body count is 200 more than the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan last year. The carnage has continued unabated into the New Year.

It’s gone on too long, sir.

The sad reality is that while terrible mass shootings like the ones at Aurora and Newtown shock the nation’s conscience, pull at the public’s heartstrings, and garner wall-to-wall media coverage, they represent a tiny fraction of the number of gun homicides in the country every year.

Consider this, Mr. President: During the first 16 days of January, 26 people have been killed by guns in Chicago -- the exact same number as at Sandy Hook Elementary School. By the time this year is out, the south and west sides of the city we both call home will have endured, in terms of sheer numbers of people killed, the equivalent of 20 Sandy Hook massacres. That’s on top of the equivalent of the 19 Sandy Hooks the city experienced in 2012.

Yet there has been little outcry by the national media, and not much public attention paid to Chicago’s crucible by either national political party. Just the sterile news stories in the local papers every morning recounting the details of yet another young person’s life cut short and another family ripped apart thanks to senseless violence.

The other sad reality, Mr. President, is that almost nothing proposed this week in Washington, D.C., by your administration will do anything to stem the tide of gun violence in our inner cities. Most of these crimes were not committed with semi-automatic assault weapons, they weren’t committed by the mentally ill, and they won’t be stopped by universal background checks.

If you are serious about doing everything in your power to curb gun violence and save lives, then you must harness your immense popularity in Chicago -- and in other big cities -- to address the elephant in the room: the failures of a society grown coarsened, desensitized to violence, and too tolerant of such carnage.

This is true of American culture broadly: Hollywood has become too blithe in its glorification of murder, and makers of ultra-violent video games share some of the blame too. But it’s particularly true within the African-American community, where too many fatherless young men have given up hope for a better future and embraced a nihilistic gang culture that not only accepts brutal violence on a daily basis but encourages it.

During your presidency you’ve been asked a number of times about issues of concern to the black community, such as the high rate of African-American unemployment. You tend to respond, gracefully, and rightly, I believe, that you are president of all Americans, and not just one particular group or another.

This issue is different. Because of your heritage and your stature as the first African-American president, you may be the only person in this country who has the influence and moral standing to speak much needed truths to address this longstanding scourge in the black community.

As you said, “If there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there is even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try.”

There is one thing you can do, Mr. President. Come home to Chicago. Talk to the kids. If they’ll listen to anybody, they’ll listen to you.
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There's a reason the media doesn't like to talk about Chicago. It proves their gun control isn't working. Even an out-right ban would not end it.
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This could very well be the most polite, succinct, yet sarcastic and scathing piece of journalism I've ever read. Or did I misinterpret it? Well done Mr. Bevan!
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The ass-clowns of Chicago. David Dees should do a Barnum & Bailey-themed illustration featuring Barry, Rahm, and a few other characters.
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Barry is desperately needed in shitcago. They need his community organizing skills.
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Ironically, IL is home to SEVERAL, very popular firearms companies as well as industry-related companies. Rock River, LMT, Springfield Armory, etc. Much like MA, NY, CT, etc. and the companies that call these states home, I don't see many mobs with torches going after them. Likewise, there's no indication these companies are packing their tents. Makes me wonder.
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Barry did WHAT as a community organizer? Because he sure as FUCK didn't make much of an impression on their interpersonal skills. Incidentally, doesn't "community organizer" equate to "rabble rouser" and a variety of other titles? I don't mean to get off topic. We all know he kneels to introduce himself to men. I can't believed he didn't get called out about the urban violence in Chicago YEARS ago.
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Barry did WHAT as a community organizer? Because he sure as FUCK didn't make much of an impression on their interpersonal skills. Incidentally, doesn't "community organizer" equate to "rabble rouser" and a variety of other titles? I don't mean to get off topic. We all know he kneels to introduce himself to men. I can't believed he didn't get called out about the urban violence in Chicago YEARS ago.
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The only thing they really do is rattle cages, Or try to. And stir the racial shit up.
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Ironically, IL is home to SEVERAL, very popular firearms companies as well as industry-related companies. Rock River, LMT, Springfield Armory, etc. Much like MA, NY, CT, etc. and the companies that call these states home, I don't see many mobs with torches going after them. Likewise, there's no indication these companies are packing their tents. Makes me wonder.
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Someone needs to post a thread about how ridiculously-liberal states warm to many of the largest names in the firearms and defense industries. My son would say, "What posers, dad."
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If I had any credit to give to this guy, it would be that he manages to embody every single character flaw I've EVER found revolting in another human being. Now that Rahm is running Chicago (and likely will until the end-times), would they even take Obama back?
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If I had any credit to give to this guy, it would be that he manages to embody every single character flaw I've EVER found revolting in another human being. Now that Rahm is running Chicago (and likely will until the end-times), would they even take Obama back?
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Sure they would, Chicago thugs stick together.
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If I had any credit to give to this guy, it would be that he manages to embody every single character flaw I've EVER found revolting in another human being. Now that Rahm is running Chicago (and likely will until the end-times), would they even take Obama back?
 Quoting: Veranidae


Sure they would, Chicago thugs stick together.
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Chicago: the only place in the animal kingdom where two alpha-males can share the same territory...and bed.
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If I had any credit to give to this guy, it would be that he manages to embody every single character flaw I've EVER found revolting in another human being. Now that Rahm is running Chicago (and likely will until the end-times), would they even take Obama back?
 Quoting: Veranidae


Sure they would, Chicago thugs stick together.
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Chicago: the only place in the animal kingdom where two alpha-males can share the same territory...and bed.
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:true love: Affirmative
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If I had any credit to give to this guy, it would be that he manages to embody every single character flaw I've EVER found revolting in another human being. Now that Rahm is running Chicago (and likely will until the end-times), would they even take Obama back?
 Quoting: Veranidae


Sure they would, Chicago thugs stick together.
 Quoting: sonic doom


Chicago: the only place in the animal kingdom where two alpha-males can share the same territory...and bed.
 Quoting: Veranidae


:true love: Affirmative
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That was great. Can't put a price on a good laugh! TOTALLY add Chris Matthews to that cartoon I mentioned earlier.
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If I had any credit to give to this guy, it would be that he manages to embody every single character flaw I've EVER found revolting in another human being. Now that Rahm is running Chicago (and likely will until the end-times), would they even take Obama back?
 Quoting: Veranidae


Sure they would, Chicago thugs stick together.
 Quoting: sonic doom


Chicago: the only place in the animal kingdom where two alpha-males can share the same territory...and bed.
 Quoting: Veranidae


:true love: Affirmative
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Yes everything is so screwed up now that I have to put humor in alot of things to stay sane. :wewntur:
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There's a reason the media doesn't like to talk about Chicago. It proves their gun control isn't working. Even an out-right ban would not end it.
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The media and the "reporters" are the grossest human beings around!!!!! They act as if they are smart and investigative, PLEASE!!! What a bunch of sold out to the devil LOSERS. The news are a disgrace a d should be aborted.
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Barry did WHAT as a community organizer? Because he sure as FUCK didn't make much of an impression on their interpersonal skills. Incidentally, doesn't "community organizer" equate to "rabble rouser" and a variety of other titles? I don't mean to get off topic. We all know he kneels to introduce himself to men. I can't believed he didn't get called out about the urban violence in Chicago YEARS ago.
 Quoting: Veranidae


The only thing they really do is rattle cages, Or try to. And stir the racial shit up.
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yes! Liberals and politicians are just people deceivers. And with Obama being black it was the perfect card to play.
No one wants to put down the black man. Yet, he is the worst black man we could have chosen. This dude is the biggest scam now! It's all mind games baby. If you don't like Obama you are racist! Part of the tea party! Omg! What a joke
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Barry did WHAT as a community organizer? Because he sure as FUCK didn't make much of an impression on their interpersonal skills. Incidentally, doesn't "community organizer" equate to "rabble rouser" and a variety of other titles? I don't mean to get off topic. We all know he kneels to introduce himself to men. I can't believed he didn't get called out about the urban violence in Chicago YEARS ago.
 Quoting: Veranidae


The only thing they really do is rattle cages, Or try to. And stir the racial shit up.
 Quoting: sonic doom


yes! Liberals and politicians are just people deceivers. And with Obama being black it was the perfect card to play.
No one wants to put down the black man. Yet, he is the worst black man we could have chosen. This dude is the biggest scam now! It's all mind games baby. If you don't like Obama you are racist! Part of the tea party! Omg! What a joke
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Just remember, When it comes to a debate about the annointed one and the race card is pulled out, you just owned a libtard.
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Chicago's level of corruption and lack of will or success in managing crime is LEGENDARY. How the media could turn a blind eye to this guy's rise from such a cesspool is astonishing. Clearly, nothing happens by accident. What's confounding is his ability to back out of a noose every time he hangs himself with one HE'S put around his own neck.
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Chicago's level of corruption and lack of will or success in managing crime is LEGENDARY. How the media could turn a blind eye to this guy's rise from such a cesspool is astonishing. Clearly, nothing happens by accident. What's confounding is his ability to back out of a noose every time he hangs himself with one HE'S put around his own neck.
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Barry could not get the credentials to clean the white house shitters if he wasn't president. That is a fact.
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Chicago's level of corruption and lack of will or success in managing crime is LEGENDARY. How the media could turn a blind eye to this guy's rise from such a cesspool is astonishing. Clearly, nothing happens by accident. What's confounding is his ability to back out of a noose every time he hangs himself with one HE'S put around his own neck.
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Barry could not get the credentials to clean the white house shitters if he wasn't president. That is a fact.
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Agreed. America IS the land of opportunity though (heterosexual, caucasian males excluded).
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Chicago's level of corruption and lack of will or success in managing crime is LEGENDARY. How the media could turn a blind eye to this guy's rise from such a cesspool is astonishing. Clearly, nothing happens by accident. What's confounding is his ability to back out of a noose every time he hangs himself with one HE'S put around his own neck.
 Quoting: Veranidae


Barry could not get the credentials to clean the white house shitters if he wasn't president. That is a fact.
 Quoting: sonic doom


Agreed. America IS the land of opportunity though (heterosexual, caucasian males excluded).
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When they're done with him in Washington, perhaps they'll make him a towel boy at Bohemian Grove.
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Chicago's level of corruption and lack of will or success in managing crime is LEGENDARY. How the media could turn a blind eye to this guy's rise from such a cesspool is astonishing. Clearly, nothing happens by accident. What's confounding is his ability to back out of a noose every time he hangs himself with one HE'S put around his own neck.
 Quoting: Veranidae


Barry could not get the credentials to clean the white house shitters if he wasn't president. That is a fact.
 Quoting: sonic doom


Agreed. America IS the land of opportunity though (heterosexual, caucasian males excluded).
 Quoting: Veranidae


Yes but he would be denied due to having a relationship with known terrorist like Bill Ayers and Bernadine Doren.
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Chicago's level of corruption and lack of will or success in managing crime is LEGENDARY. How the media could turn a blind eye to this guy's rise from such a cesspool is astonishing. Clearly, nothing happens by accident. What's confounding is his ability to back out of a noose every time he hangs himself with one HE'S put around his own neck.
 Quoting: Veranidae


Barry could not get the credentials to clean the white house shitters if he wasn't president. That is a fact.
 Quoting: sonic doom


Agreed. America IS the land of opportunity though (heterosexual, caucasian males excluded).
 Quoting: Veranidae


Yes but he would be denied due to having a relationship with known terrorist like Bill Ayers and Bernadine Doren.
 Quoting: sonic doom


Alleged relationship groucho
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Barry could not get the credentials to clean the white house shitters if he wasn't president. That is a fact.
 Quoting: sonic doom


Agreed. America IS the land of opportunity though (heterosexual, caucasian males excluded).
 Quoting: Veranidae


Yes but he would be denied due to having a relationship with known terrorist like Bill Ayers and Bernadine Doren.
 Quoting: sonic doom


Alleged relationship groucho
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Oh I forgot :britfail:
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Re: "Mr. President, Chicago's Gun Victims Need You Now" - Tom Bevan, Real Clear Politics
The forum is mysteriously quiet about the subject of this thread. I'm probably next on the list after Noveske.

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