What has caused this?
Is it better welfare payments to the poor? Nope.
What about increased resources to Police? Nope.
Gun rights activists have often held up Chicago as an example of the failures of gun control. The city has historically had some of the strictest laws against gun ownership while also suffering under some of the worst crime rates in the US. In 2012,Â Chicago surpassed New YorkÂ as Americaâs murder capital. However, after theÂ US Court of Appeals for the Seventh CircuitÂ struck down IllinoisâÂ banÂ on concealed carry in December of 2012, a concealed carry program was implemented in the state this year, finally and for the first time allowing law-abiding Chicago residents to arm themselves in public against the cityâs seemingly-perpetual crime wave.
According toÂ The Washington Times,Â now that citizens in Chicago can legally defend themselves, the cityâs historically disastrous crime rates have begun to plummet precipitously. Police department crime statistics note that, in the first quarter of 2014, the homicide rate in Chicago has dropped to a 56-year low. In 2014 so far, burglaries are down by 20%, auto theft rates have dropped by 26%, and robberies leading to arrests are down by 20%.
The Chicago Police Department wasted no time in declaring victory and claiming credit for the drop in crime, but IllinoisÂ State Rifle Association executive director Richard Pearson toldÂ The Washington Times,Â âThe police department hasnât changed a single tactic â they havenât announced a shift in policy or of course â and yet you have these incredible numbers.â He feels that the drop in crime can at least in part be attributed to the implementation of concealed carry in Illinois. Said Pearson, âIt isnât any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals donât know whoâs armed and who isnât has a deterrence effect.â
ISIS has beheaded another journalists, this time it is US journalist Steve Sotloff.
An internet video posted online purported to show the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued US airstrikes in Iraq.
Sotloff, 31, who freelanced forÂ TimeÂ andÂ Foreign PolicyÂ magazines, had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.
Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against the backdrop of an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video with death unless the US stopped airstrikes on the group in Iraq.
In the video distributed and entitled “A Second Message to America,” Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he was purportedly beheaded by an Islamic State fighter.
The Associated Press could not immediately verify the video’s authenticity. The SITE Intelligence Group, a US terrorism watchdog, first reported about the video’s existence.
The fighter who beheads Sotloff in the video called it retribution for Obama’s continued airstrikes against the group in Iraq. Â Â Read more »
Tears of Grief
How Many Bison Skulls Might Be In The Photo?
This just came in from my good friends in the GCSB.
Personal message from Ambassador to President, not for normal distribution
OPERATION DIVIDE AND RULE
Can I thank you personally for agreeing to my recommendation that New Zealand be exempted from the sanctions that were imposed yesterday. Â This will drive a useful wedge between the 5 eyes nations and cause some to question further whether New Zealand should remain part of the club.
Our strategy on the ground here is working well. Â The support provided years ago to Comrade Kim to set up his internet piracy operation is paying enormous dividends. Â As you can see from this video his funding of our Comrades in the New Zealand Communist movement has New Zealand on the cusp of revolution and the overthrow of the old Zionist controlled order is at hand. Read more »
The Other Guy in the RFK Assassination Photo
Suffer the little children.
Below are children being prepared for war.
1. Children in Palestine
2. Children in Germany during WWII
HATE Speech and attacks on Jews Â Read more »
Statement from the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke this afternoon with US Secretary of State John Kerry and told him that despite his joint statement with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, according to which assurances had been received from Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip regarding a ceasefire from 08:00 this morning, the Palestinians had unilaterally and grossly violated the humanitarian ceasefire and attacked our soldiers after 09:00.
As a result of this attack, two IDF soldiers were killed and another soldier is suspected to have been abducted; this was after the ceasefire had taken effect.
Prime Minister Netanyahu told US Secretary of State Kerry that Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip will bear the consequences of their actions and that Israel would take all necessary steps against those who call for our destruction and perpetrate terrorism against our citizens.