Second City Cop Blog Breaks Down Chicago Violence

“11 people have been killed and 11 wounded in shootings over a 48-hour period in Chicago from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday morning, Chicago police said…”

-ABC7 Chicago website Thursday afternoon

In the wake of a bunch of kids getting shot and killed in Chicago the last couple of days, the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop explained very simply why the city is a shooting gallery. “SCC” wrote early Wednesday morning:

Gun laws go unenforced… Offenders are routinely released or sentenced to minimal time, so there’s nothing to fear from the judicial side of things- no consequences. No one in the “community” is willing to step up. Shame doesn’t work, appealing to a higher morality doesn’t work, humiliation doesn’t work…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Consider the following findings of a recently-released University of Chicago Crime Lab report entitled Gun Violence In Chicago, 2016 (blogged about here):

Individuals arrested for a homicide or shooting in Chicago in 2016 and 2015 had similar prior criminal records: around 90 percent had at least one prior arrest, approximately 50 percent had a prior arrest for a violent crime specifically, and almost 40 percent had a prior gun arrest. The average person arrested for a homicide or shooting in both years had nearly 12 prior arrests, with almost 45 percent having had more than 10 prior arrests, and almost 20 percent having had more than 20 prior arrests

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

SCC went on to add:

We guess it’s time to blame the police again…

And the Second Amendment. The NRA. Republicans. Trump. Bush. And on and on and on.

Yep. If there’s one thing “The Machine” has been good at, it’s directing Chicagoans’ attention away from the “unpleasant”…

“Hey you! Don’t watch that. Watch this!

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (


“11 Killed, 11 Wounded In 48 Hours In Chicago Shootings.” ABC7. 16 Feb. 2017. ( 16 Feb. 2017.

SCC. “Two? Seriously, TWO?” Second City Cop. 15 Feb. 2017. ( 17 Feb. 2017.


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Illinois State Rifle Association: ‘Good Riddance’ Barack Obama

A January 20 press release from the Illinois State Rifle Association (“dedicated to education, safety training and support of Illinois firearm owners”) is making the rounds on the Internet. Executive Director Richard Pearson penned:

ISRA: Goodbye Barack… Hello Donald

“About eight years ago, I penned a letter to gun owners nationwide about my experiences lobbying Barack Obama when he was an Illinois State Senator. Among the adjectives, I used to describe Senator Obama were arrogant, rude, self-righteous, indignant and aloof. I warned gun owners that an Obama presidency would cast the darkest of days upon supporters of our Second Amendment. I advised gun owners that the only hope for preserving gun rights would be a sustained pushback against Obama’s attempts to obliterate civilian firearm ownership.

There was never any doubt in my mind that Obama would seek to crush the Second Amendment. Obama entered office with the very firm intention of satisfying the globalist ideal of knocking America down a couple of pegs. Thus, in no time at all, President Obama attacked two great American icons – General Motors and our superlative health care system. Next on his plate was an assault on the uniquely American sense of rugged individualism. As we all know, self-reliance is predicated upon the existence of the Second Amendment. Plain and simple – without a Second Amendment, individualism is just a fantasy. Yes, early in his tenure, Barack Obama was achieving his objective of making America more like the rest of the world rather than encouraging the rest of the world to be more like us.

When Obama charged headlong into the gun control fray, he was met with stubborn and determined opposition from everyday gun owners. We fought him in Congress. We fought him in the federal courts. We fought him in the court of public opinion. In the end, the good guys won and the promise of a nation-wide version of Chicago-style gun control faded into irrelevance. For that, gun owners owe themselves a hearty pat on the back.

Now enters Donald Trump- President Donald Trump. Trump has made a lot of promises to gun owners and I hope he keeps them. Copious promises notwithstanding, the nation’s gun owners must remain mobilized and prepared to fight the gun control movement whether the battle is at the national, state, or local level. The fight for gun rights is not over and will never be over.

In closing, I’d like to bid Barack Obama “good riddance,” and wish President Trump well in the monumental job he is about to undertake.”

The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

For more information about the Illinois State Rifle Association, head on over to their website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
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Chicago: 54 Shot, 8 Killed Over Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend is over. So is the summer slowdown on Survival And Prosperity. I guess it’s only appropriate the new “season” on the blog should kick-off with the following headline that’s making the rounds locally this morning. From the Chicago Tribune website:

“54 shot, 8 fatally, over Labor Day Weekend”

A year ago, those numbers were 40 shot, 3 killed.

It’s only a matter of time now before the gun “control” crowd is in the local media outlets calling for even more restrictions.

As they make their emotion-driven pleas, Chicagoans might want to keep the following in mind. Fran Main reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website on August 29:

Chicago criminals are finicky about how they get their guns, according to a new study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab.

In a survey of almost 100 detainees in the Cook County Jail, few said they get firearms at gun shows or through the Internet, said Harold Pollack, co-director of the crime lab. They also said they don’t normally steal guns or buy them at a licensed store

And most said they got the weapons through personal connections because they feared getting caught in a law-enforcement sting or being robbed by a stranger…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Kind of derails the gun “control” narrative about gun show/Internet “loopholes” these days, doesn’t it? And from the University of Chicago no less. Still, a larger survey pool would have been nice here.

There’s also this gem (which I had been trying to find for a while now) from Angela Caputo on the website of nonprofit investigative news organization The Chicago Reporter back on December 19, 2013:

From January 2006 through August 2013, thousands of cases involving a weapons violation were thrown out in Cook County’s criminal courts, The Chicago Reporter found. More than 13,000 cases that included a gun violation have been dismissed during that period, shows the Reporter’s analysis of records maintained by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. In fact, more felony cases involving a gun–from illegal possession to unlawful sale to a felon–have been thrown out than cases with any other type of charge…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

More gun “control” in the city after this Labor Day Weekend’s carnage? Please. That quote about insanity often attributed to Albert Einstein comes to mind here:

“Insanity- Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

As those with brains figured out a long time ago, it’s not the legal gun owners who are behind this violence (although they make convenient scapegoats for the politicians and their ilk). It’s the criminals, who for the most part don’t obtain firearms legally (University of Chicago Crime Lab survey) and who roam the streets of Chicago with impunity because gun laws already on the books aren’t being enforced on a regular basis for one reason or another (Chicago Reporter).

What those reasons are requires scrutiny going forward. Then again, it would also mean some people with the power to make a real difference here would have to grow cajones too…

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (


Main, Frank. “Survey: Crooks get guns from pals, don’t keep them long.” Chicago Sun-Times. 29 Aug. 2015. ( 8 Sep. 2015.

Caputo, Angela. “Thousands of felony gun cases are being dismissed in Cook County criminal courts.” The Chicago Reporter. 29 Dec. 2013. ( 8 Sep. 2015.


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Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 Crime, Firearms, Government, Legal, Self-Defense No Comments

Courts, Not Cops, Decide If Your Home Belongs To Squatters Or You

Believe it or not, squatters have rights. More than a landlord, more than a homeowner. So basically, squatters can take over your home and there’s nothing police can do.

-Taryn Asher, FOX 2 News (Detroit) reporter, in a June 1, 2011, news broadcast

Speaking of Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre, a while back I was reading the part in his 2009 book The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving The Economic Collapse where he discusses the dangers posed by squatters in post-collapse Argentina. Aguirre wrote:

Squatters are also a big threat. Right until today, people are reluctant in many neighborhoods to leave their homes unoccupied for long periods of time. Of course there’s the threat of getting the house picked clean by thieves. It happens a lot. But even worse is coming back after a few weeks out of the city to find not only your house picked clean, but also an entire family living in it as well!

You go nuts. You just want to go in there and shoot everyone. Oh, but no you can’t! That’s not self defense, since your life is not in immediate danger. You have to call the cops. So the cops eventually come and find a new family well installed, probably with lots of kids.

You say they are squatters. They say you rented the place to them!

Contract? They’ll say they are just trusting, simple people and didn’t sign any contract, but that they just trusted your “word”, or they will produce some bogus scrap of paper they claim is a contract or lease.

The police won’t do anything unless you have good connections with the local power structure. A judge will have to rule on who’s the rightful owner, and in Argentina that could take years. Meanwhile the squatters will stay in your house!

This situation has happened to a lot of people here, believe it or not. Expect it to happen in your country after an economic crisis.

Well, I don’t know what crystal ball FerFAL was looking in to, but what he described above is now happening in the United States. Taryn Asher wrote on the FOX 2 News (Detroit) website this past Wednesday:

It all started last summer. Ronald Burbridge says he went on vacation and when he returned home, random people had moved into his Finley Street house. They broke the bars off the window, kicked his stuff to the curb and changed the locks. They have been living there ever since.

Burbridge has gone round and round with police, who asked him to prove he lived in the home.

“I said, ‘Why don’t you ask them to prove how they got the house?'” he said.

He has filed multiple police reports and called 911…

Burbridge was told to go to 36th District Court and get a court order to evict the people living in his home.

The city wouldn’t kick the squatters out, but officers had no problem ticketing Burbridge’s property for blight for his own stuff the squatters threw out in his yard and the overgrown weeds.

Thankfully, FOX 2 News came to the real homeowner’s aid. Asher added:

Once we showed police the proof that Burbridge owned the house, it only took them a few minutes before they headed to Finley Street, eventually forcing the only unwanted guest there at the time to leave.

The homeowner has since been able to secure the house.

FOX 2 News staff issued this warning:

Bottom line, we’re told this is a civil matter. It’s not whether squatters have the right to be there, it’s who decided. That is not police, but rather the court, which is why Burbridge is being told to get into 36th District Court and start the eviction process so if the squatters do return, he will be able to get them out of there.

Is there anything a homeowner can do? Police say if you house is vacant, you need to check on it daily because they can arrest a trespasser or someone who breaks into your home, but if a squatter has been living there for a matter of time, it’s no longer a police matter. It’s up to the court.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)


Aguirre, Fernando. The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving The Economic Collapse. Buenos Aires: Fernando Aguirre, 2009.

Asher, Taryn. “Detroit Homeowner Returns from Vacation to Find Squatters.” 1 June 2011. ( 3 June 2011.


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