The City of Chicago is by proclamation, a sanctuary city for illegal aliens, but it is also has unofficially, long been a sanctuary city for thugs, gang bangers, street hoods, pimps, sexual assaulters, drug dealers, rapists, human traffickers, armed robbers and home invaders. Despite that, its Mayor, Lori "Lightweight" Lightfoot, when not busy appearing at high profile social events, late night television and talk shows, is apparently more concerned about police officer conduct and the resources devoted to them, rather than the barbaric behavior of the criminals that they are trying to protect us from. But I have an idea that can address both issues in one fell swoop. PROVIDE FREE FIREARMS TO HE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS IN THE HIGHEST CRIME NEIGHBORHOODS!!!
Firstly, if liberals think that the cops are the main problem, pull them out of the high crime neighborhoods and let the citizens apply street justice to the savages that afflict them. Let them be armed to the teeth, and let those good guys fight back. Other than the guns, it would be of no significant cost to the tax payers since the arms provided could be the ones confiscated from the gang bangers themselves. This way, those barbarians will have to think twice about engaging in a drive by shooting when they have to consider that the people on the street corner might have more fire power than they. Also, a very important byproduct would be the reduction of the number of officers shot in the line of duty.
Secondly, city finances would also be positively effected because with innocent citizens blazing away at the bad guys, the police could be redeployed to the rest of the city and there would be no need to hire more to shore up the overwhelmed ones patrolling neighborhoods like Englewood, for example. It also would be more equitable, because inner city crime requires a disproportionate amount of police protection which seems in this day of fairness, well, unfair.
So let's use the Second Amendment to our advantage, enable the law abiding citizens to rid themselves of the savage scum that torment them without even having to worry about being investigated by a no longer police presence.
I guess you'd have a wonderful, real life portrayal of the movie, The Purge.
GASP: CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT'S BOLD AND CREATIVE SOLUTION TO GANG SHOOTINGS OF INNOCENT BYSTANDERS.
With increasing numbers of people being shot each week as the weather warms up in the Windy City, something had to be done. It’s bad enough that street hoods, punks, thugs, pimps, home invaders and drug dealers mow each other down by the score. But far too many innocent people are getting caught in a hail of bullets from drive by shootings and in the cross fire of rival gangs. No one seems to even care or quarrel about who killed who. Since Chicago already has among the strictest gun control laws in the country to little or no effect, the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, Eddie T. Johnson, has concluded that desperate times call for desperate measures.
Since the gang banger’s desire to kill each other will most likely continue unabated, Johnson figures why not reduce the collateral damage of innocent people getting shot by helping the gang members to be better shots? Thus, the establishment of the Gang Accuracy Shooting Program (GASP) was born. Perhaps the warring factions can become gangs that can shoot straight. Skills such as proper gun handling, target recognition, recoil control, proper magazine loading, and drive by shooting accuracy (actual photo of drive-by shooting lesson) will be taught on the tax payers dime. Johnson figures that the cost of the lessons will easily be covered by the savings incurred by less police investigating time for the added victims, time hunting for perps, police dog hunts, Cook County coroner’s labor, and the nuisance of traffic stalling, business interrupting, gun violence protests and funerals. A huge added bonus would be a reduction in the time of having to suffer through endless, pedantic funeral service preaching by activists such as Pastor Fr. Michael Pfleger, the Rev. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton. I mean that alone is worth the reduction of the body count.
Be assured that there will still be the usual television network audacity to interview grieving family members within moments of the shootings. Some viewers will still hang on every word when the reporters ask sobbing loved ones and friends how they feel about the loss of one of the victims. There will be those hard-hearted arm chair critics that will judge the sincerity of the mourners and whether or not they are showing the level of grief that would seem to be appropriate. But in all fairness, to the survivors, many have been through this tragedy more than once and have become more stoic than nonplussed. There will still be the usual lack of witnesses with bystanders insisting that don’t know “nothing.”
The police have already begun meeting with gang leaders in order to organize the classes with the assurance that the rival gangs will honor a cease fire while taking turns at the shooting ranges and hold their fire until their rivals are out of firearm range. No spectators will be allowed to witness the target practice and there will be a strict, no trash talking or dissing policy in place. Also, gang members under the age of ten may not participate unless accompanied by their biological father, which should pretty much exclude any of those youngsters.
Law abiding citizens are very supportive of this new program and look forward to far fewer noncombatants being mowed down on the streets. But there is considerable concern among some neighborhood sceptics about the efficacy of the initiative. Critics such as longtime resident, Hardy Boone, anticipate that some of the gangbangers will often cut the target practice classes in exchange for time on the basketball courts or engaging in more petty and mundane nonviolent crimes like muggings and purse snatching and the occasional but much more serious sexual assault, but what can you expect from a culture so steeped in tradition? Boone is a practical man, and the at the relatively young age of 43, he’s the oldest living male in Englewood and is hopeful but not confident that the spraying of bullets will substantially subside. But when confronted with neighborhood skepticism, Eddie Johnson reminded us that he is looking for progress, not perfection. He is well aware that the body counts will remain sub-optimum and the optics often embarrassing to the city, but he knows that even if the target practice program saves only a few lives, it will be worth it. Let’s face it, if you are standing on a street corner chatting with you friends and a speeding car full of angry gangbangers approaches, you might take some comfort that those blazing away at their intended target may have had some GASP training and be able to avoid hitting a friendly or at least only grazing them with a flesh wound.