Katrina General: Chicago Could Call On State, Federal Government To Help Combat Violent Crime

“State lawmakers, Rep. John Fritchey, 11th, and Rep. LaShawn Ford, 8th, are calling for Governor Quinn to deploy the Illinois National Guard to Chicago’s violent areas… 113 people have died in Chicago so far this year.”

-NBC Chicago website, April 26, 2010

“Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and Rainbow PUSH Coalition call for immediate Federal Intervention and Homeland Security in Chicago as January homicide totals exceeded 45.”

-Rainbow PUSH Coalition press release, February 1, 2013

Earlier today, outside intervention to help fight violent crime in Chicago was brought up again. Lolly Bowean reported on the Chicago Tribune website:

To reduce the homicides and shootings plaguing Chicago streets, elected officials should consider calling on the state and federal governments for help, even the National Guard if necessary, said a retired Army lieutenant general who spearheaded the military response after Hurricane Katrina.

“Just like we do with any disaster. When the tornado comes, or the floods come, the federal government comes in to help,” Russel L. Honore said Thursday at a news conference in Chicago.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

The retired U.S. Army general’s plan? Bowean added:

To tackle the violence here, Honore said, the state police and other law enforcement agencies could lend a hand to local police. And the National Guard could take over routine duties, patrolling the streets and handling traffic, while police concentrate their efforts on solving crimes and increasing their presence in troubled neighborhoods.

Short of a colossal emergency/disaster, I can’t see something like this going down in the “Windy City” as it would effectively put a stick in the spokes of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political career and future aspirations. The only way I can see Rahm buying into something like this during “normal” times is if outside agencies were tasked with rounding up the guns- both “legal” and “illegal”- under the guise of some crisis. And I’ll be the first to admit that’s a stretch of the imagination. Ironically, one only needs to remember the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to envision what a similar gun confiscation might look like.


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By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Bowean, Lolly. “Retired general says National Guard could help curb Chicago violence.” Chicago Tribune. 21 Feb. 2013. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-violence-honore-20130222,0,2012172.story). 21 Feb. 2013.

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