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Rick Moran


September 21, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said that he would consider sending the national guard and state police to Chicago in order to help police with escalating gang violence.

The governor’s suggestion comes after an horrific attack at a south side park where gang members opened fire on a basketball game, wounding 13, including a 3 year old boy who was shot in the face.

Overnight on Friday, 4 more people were killed and 7 others wounded in separate incidents across the city.

CBS Chicago:

Speaking about this week’s mass shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, Quinn says he’s open to talking with Mayor Emanuel or Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy about supplementing Chicago law enforcement with state police or the Illinois National Guard.

He said he’s had no specific conversations but noted state police are helping patrol in East St. Louis, another city that has its challenges with violent crime.

“I think anyone who saw what happened in Cornell Park the other night was horrified by the violence. I live on the West Side of Chicago. It is an area that has been inflicted with violence, and we’ve got to protect the people,” Quinn told reporters Saturday.

Talk about using state firepower in Chicago isn’t unprecedented. In 2008, then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich suggested using the state police and National Guard to help Chicago police with “out of control” violence.

The comment was widely interpreted as an insult to then-Mayor Richard Daley, with whom Blagojevich was feuding.

Quinn said potential solutions to crime include community efforts to minimize the impact of gangs and early education.

He says he also remains committed to doing something about assault rifles – one is suspected of being used in Thursday’s shooting – and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Quinn did not explain how keeping law abiding citizens from purchasing an “assault weapon” would prevent gang bangers from making target practice out of innocents.

This latest wave of violence comes despite a change in police tactics. The department has flooded 20 high crime areas with extra officers hoping to deter gang violence. It hasn’t worked. And it may be contributing to a spike in crime in other neighborhoods left vulnerable by the absence of police.

Chicago is now officially the “Murder Capital” of the US, according to the FBI. There’s no shortage of blame to go around for that, nor is there a dearth of explanations not related to city administration. The evolution of gangs in Chicago is often cited for the increase in violence. As gangs proliferate and fracture, drug territory shrinks and turf wars break out.

Another reason for the increase in violence is that, like Detroit, Chicago is bleeding population. As people leave, businesses close, jobs disappear, and social cohesion is lost. Once poor, but functional neighborhoods degenerate into poverty stricken breeding grounds for gangs.

But truly, you have to look to the Emanuel administration and its policing policies to trace the descent into urban chaos. Right now, Chicago is a little less than 1,000 police short of authorized strength. And with budget constraints, few new recruits are possible. This has had some impact, although other cities are facing similar shortages and don’t have Chicago’s level of violence.

There have been accusations that Emanuel has politicized the police force, appointing a politically connected deputy to then police superintendent Jody Weiss. The new superintendent, Gary McCarthy, has disbanded the anti-gang task force and is emphasizing community policing with officers on regular beats so that they can get to know the neighborhoods.There has been a greater emphasis on intelligence which is useful in some areas.

But here, we get back to numbers. Officers are leaving the force in record numbers and unless money can be found for new recruits, the problems with gang violence are likely to get worse. The strategies may be sound, but if you don’t have the personnel to make the strategy effective, it doesn’t matter.

Even with all the shootings in recent days, the murder rate has dropped substantially from 2012 when 538 Chicagoans were killed. This is cold comfort for a city under siege with residents afraid to go to a neighborhood park with their children for fear of a spasm of senseless violence breaking out.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Community policing is what the Democratic nominee for NYC mayor Bill deBlasio thinks will be more effective than stop-question-frisk.

It turns out Chicago police do have a stop-ask-frisk procedure, but the way the officers file reports makes it impossible to know how often they use it.

Stop-question-frisk is most effective as a deterrent.

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Instead of sending in the National Guard, Illinois should just order everyone to 'shelter in place' until the War on Drugs is won.
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Mayor Rahm once said, 'never let a crisis go to waste'. This is definitely a crisis. How is he leveraging this situation to his advantage? I know they've got crazy gun laws, but they've had them since before Immanuel.

So, has he declared all out war on the gangs? Nope.

He looks like another ineffectual lib/prog just like his mack daddy, Barack the Magnificent. When faced with a true crisis their lack of testicular fortitude comes to the forefront.
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We're witnessing out of control, literally lethal "political correctness" radiating from our current White House.
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From CBS: "Gun violence is out of control in Chicago. Just last night, there were eight shootings, two of them deadly.

That pushes the total so far in 2012 to 351 shooting deaths -- up 30 percent from last year. Drug gangs are a big reason."

"As it stands now, at least three major Mexican cartels are battling over control of billions of dollars of marijuana, cocaine and -- increasingly -- heroin in this city. That includes the ultra-violent Zetas and the powerful Sinaloa cartel, run by its shadowy leader Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman."

From Bloomberg:

Heroin Pushed on Chicago by Cartel Fueling Gang Murders

From NPR:
"John Lippert, an investigative reporter for Bloomberg Markets magazine, traced the violence in Chicago back to Mexico. Lippert talks to Steve Inskeep about the impact of the Sinaloa drug cartel's dominance over the drug trade in Chicago and the Midwest."

CHI police superintendent Garry McCarthy claims it's guns.

"Illegal guns, illegal guns, illegal guns drive violence," he said as he called on lawmakers to toughen the nation's gun laws.

Way to place head in sand and blame law-abiding citizens, Garry.
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Thanks to our efforts in Afghanistan and tightened enforcement on over-prescribed Benzos such as Oxycoton, heroin has become a cheaper and more readily available alternative to the Benzos. Heroin has never had much penetration into the white drug culture but as a substitute for oxy it's finding its way into suburbia.
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All the numbers below come from FBI data, Table 8 for each year which breaks out crime by city.

In 2011, Chicago's murder rate was 15.94 (per 100,000 population). In 2012, the rate increased to 18.46. The 2011 population was 2,703,713; 2012 was 2,708,382. In 2005, the population was 2,873,441. So there's been a modest decline over the last few years that now appears to have stabilized. In 2005, the murder rate was 15.59. Was 2012 an aberration? Perhaps. I noticed that after Heller, violent crime and murder declined in DC. So now that Illinois has some form of concealed carry, perhaps the same decline will occur in Chicago. Stay tuned.
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