Chicago’s Bloody Weekend: 36 Shot, 4 Killed, ‘Lax State And Federal Gun Laws’ Blamed

Sometimes, it’s just better to keep quiet about some things.

Which is what I thought City Hall might do after the bloodiest weekend of the year (so far?) in Chicago.

Jon Seidel reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website earlier this afternoon:

A day after one of the warmest and bloodiest weekends so far in 2014, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy again complained that “lax state and federal gun laws” are hampering his department’s ability to stem the violence.

And, he said, “weather doesn’t cause crime.”

“It creates conditions which may contribute to crime,” McCarthy said, adding: “It doesn’t prevent crime, either.”

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“‘Lax state and federal gun laws’ are hampering his department’s ability to stem the violence.”

To borrow a term often used by the gun “control” crowd these days, “common-sense” dictates criminals don’t follow the law. And in general, the bad guys don’t acquire their guns legally. So if the City of Chicago wants to introduce new gun law after new gun law to make it “ground zero” for gun “control” in the country in hopes of stemming the violence…

Oh wait. That’s already been tried. And we all know how that worked out.

Regarding that claim about weather not preventing crime, I’ve have a pretty good idea shootings and related fatalties were affected by the brutal winter in “Chiberia.” Now that it’s warming up (today being the exception, as the snow falls steadily in my part of Chicagoland), I, for one, can’t say that I’ll be surprised to hear about more weekends like the one Chicago just had:

36 shot. 4 killed. In 1 weekend.

Those remind me of the numbers that were being put up just the other year.

2012 is gently rapping, rapping at the Chicago City Council Chamber doors…

By Christopher E. Hill
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Seidel, Jon. “Chicago’s top cop: ‘Lax’ gun laws hamper crime-fighting.” Chicago Sun-Times. 14 Apr. 2014. ( 14 Apr. 2014.

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Al-Qaeda Magazine Lists Willis (Sears) Tower, Chicago Board Of Trade As Potential Car Bomb Targets

I spotted the following on TV the other night while watching the news on Chicago’s ABC affiliate ABC7. Investigative reporter Chuck Goudie wrote Saturday on the station’s website:

Two Chicago landmarks are called out by name as suggested car bomb targets for al Qaeda sympathizers in a newly-released Inspire magazine, the publication considered required reading for American jihadists.

“America is our first target” are the un-minced words in the Spring 2014 edition of Inspire, the first publication from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in nearly one year.

The magazine offers a detailed, illustrated recipe for constructing a car bomb “in a few hours,” securing it in a vehicle and then detonating it. “It allows Muslims to train at home instead of risking dangerous travel abroad” explains the just-posted online instruction manual that requires easily purchased components.

“This type of car bomb is not usually used to destroy buildings, but is very effective in killing individuals.”

Two Chicago buildings are listed prominently by al Qaeda as locations where car bombs could accomplish that:

1. Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower), 108-story skyscraper, it held the title tallest building in the world for about 25 years.
2. The Chicago Board of Trade Building

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

In the ABC7 I-Team report, Goudie pointed out other suggested U.S. car bomb targets included Washington, D.C, Northern Virginia, New York, and Los Angeles.

I think it’s only a matter of time before Al-Qaeda, an affiliate, or devotee(s) carries out another terrorist attack within the United States.

That being said, as long as there’s still a sizable U.S. troop presence in the Middle East, I can’t help but feel that presents a much more “attractive” target to the jihadists.

Once they come home however, I suspect we’ll see attention shift to the “homeland.”

By Christopher E. Hill
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Goudie, Chuck. “Chicago targets in terrorist crosshairs, new al Qaeda magazine Inspire says.” ABC7. 15 Mar. 2014. ( 20 Mar. 2014.

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Chicago Tallies 415 Murders In 2013

Good news for the city of Chicago- murders stayed under the 500-mark in 2013. Jeremy Gorner reported on the Chicago Tribune website last night:

Homicides dropped 18 percent in Chicago last year and crime overall was down 16 percent, according to statistics released by the police department this morning.

The decline in homicides was a more modest 5 percent when compared with 2011. The department reported 435 homicides in 2011, 503 in 2012 and 415 in 2013…

Chicago has surpassed 500 murders twice in the last five years. In 2008, under Mayor Richard M. Daley, the number of homicides reached 513, declining to 460 in 2009, 437 in 2010, and 435 in 2011 before jumping to 503 in the first full year of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration.

Gorner also added in his piece:

Shootings across the city dropped by 24 percent from 2012 and 16 percent from 2011, according to the department’s numbers. Sexual assaults were down 6 percent from last year, robberies down 12 percent, serious battery down 16 percent, burglaries down 22 percent, motor vehicle thefts down 23 percent, thefts down 3 percent.

The reductions came at a price: Nearly $100 million in overtime pay, triple what was budgeted for 2013…

“Nearly $100 million in overtime pay”

Unsustainable, especially when you consider the City of Chicago’s growing financial woes.

As for the City’s rosy crime statistics- there’s talk the reported numbers don’t reflect the reality of Chicago’s criminal activity.

Personally, the news on the crime front is encouraging. But I’m going to take it with a grain of salt.

By Christopher E. Hill
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Gorner, Jeremy. “Chicago police: Crime down 16 percent, homicides down 18 percent.” Chicago Tribune. 1 Jan. 2014. (,0,3868242.story). 2 Jan. 2014.

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 Crime, Debt Crisis, Government, Public Safety No Comments

RedEye: Chicago Passes 400 Murder Mark

According to the folks over at the RedEye (a daily publication from the Chicago Tribune) Chicago just surpassed 400 murders yesterday. Tracy Swartz reported on their website Sunday:

Chicago on Sunday surpassed 400 homicides for the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

It was another violent weekend in the city. By Sunday morning, there had already been 2 men killed and 10 others wounded in shootings according to the Chicago Sun-Times website yesterday.

By Christopher E. Hill
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Swartz, Tracy. “Chicago tops 400 homicides for 2013.” RedEye. 8 Dec. 2013. ( 9 Dec. 2013.

“2 killed, 10 wounded in weekend shootings.” Chicago Sun-Times. 8 Dec. 2013. ( 8 Dec. 2013.

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Monday, December 9th, 2013 Crime, Public Safety No Comments

Retired CPD Sergeant And TouchVision Crime Reporter Calls Out Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel And Pals

Any Chicago-area readers of this blog ever watch TouchVision, the new 24-hour video news and information channel that’s only recently come to the city? In these parts it’s located over on subchannel 48.2. Not sure if it’s on cable or satellite TV just yet.

Anyway, I was watching TouchVision’s Crime Report last night with my girlfriend, when retired Chicago Police Department sergeant and crime reporter Pete Koconis came on. Koconis talked about a recent murder as part of an ongoing feud between two different factions of the Gangster Disciples street gang in Chicago when he launched into this stinging criticism of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his cronies down at City Hall:

Forget the guy who gets on that television set [and says] “homicides are down.” Sure they are. Is it because of him? No. It’s because of the men and women in blue who risks their lives on your streets daily, and the emergency room doctors who somehow save lives…

Oh, there’s more. Koconis added later on:

Stop spending money on making your city look good. Spend the money on making the city work. Where you can be safe anywhere, and at any time.


I don’t know if it’s realistic to think “you can be safe anywhere, and at any time” entirely in the “concrete jungle” that is Chicago.

Still, there’s no use of gussying up the joint when the city is crime-infested as a result of short-changing public safety.

Along those same lines, the attitude taken by City Hall these days seems to be “if you build it, they will come.”

No. Not if Chicago cements its growing reputation as being a dangerous place to live/visit they won’t.

Safety first. Otherwise City Hall is just putting lipstick on a pig.

As Democrats like to say a lot these days, “It’s only common sense.”

You can watch this latest Crime Report on TouchVision’s website here. Plug “gangs” into the site’s query tool (click on magnifying glass along right-hand side) and look for “GANG TURF WAR 12/6/2013″ among results.

By Christopher E. Hill
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Signs Of The Time, Part 71

There’s talk this week in the mainstream media about a “new” game that certain teenagers are playing with increasing frequency these days:

The “Knockout” game.

New game my butt. That violent attack is old news here in the Chicagoland area. Kim Janssen reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website back on July 16, 2012:

Three teenagers accused of killing a 62-year-old father-of-12 in West Rogers Park were playing a game called “Pick ‘em out and knock ‘em down” when they videotaped themselves punching him in the face, prosecutors say.

Malik Jones, 16, Nicholas Ayala, 17, and Anthony Malcolm, 18, were caught after the video of Jones fatally punching Delfino Mora was posted on Jones’ Facebook page, according to authorities.

The three were playing a “game where the offender picks an innocent victim and knocks him out by striking him and likely robbing him as well,” Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Terry Clancy told Judge Israel Desierto in court Monday.

Anyway, back to new instances of this “game” being played. Chris Lingebach reported on the Washington D.C. CBS website on November 16:

A terrifying new ‘game’ that’s already caused deaths in Syracuse, St. Louis and New Jersey is sweeping the nation, and it preys upon unsuspecting people walking the streets, anywhere.

A recent report from New York-based CBS 2 shed light on the growing trend, displaying unsettling footage of teens participating in this game – which goes by the name ‘Knockout’ – and involves randomly targeting passersby, with the ultimate goal being to knock them out with one punch as they walk by.

“New Jersey Teens Attack People With Knockout Game!!!!”
(Warning! Graphic Violence)
YouTube Video

Little turds. I hope the victims in these attacks weren’t messed up too bad and had speedy recoveries.

In addition, I wonder if more “street smarts” and situational awareness wouldn’t have changed the outcome of these incidents?


Janssen, Kim. “Prosecutor: Teens killed man in ‘knock ‘em down’ game.” Chicago Sun-Times. 16 July 2012. ( 20 Nov. 2013.

Lingebach, Chris. “Potentially Fatal ‘Knockout’ Game Targeting Strangers May Be Spreading.” CBS DC. 16 Nov. 2013. ( 20 Nov. 2013.

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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 Crime, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Signs Of The Time No Comments

In Chicago, ‘Crime Is Down’ Is Still Being Touted

I see the City of Chicago is still pushing that “crime is down” line pretty hard these days.

Frank Main reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website last night:

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said he will focus on the city’s continuing drop in overall crime when he addresses a City Council budget hearing Thursday…

McCarthy said he plans to tell aldermen that every major category of crime — including murder — is down this year. He’ll also point out that overall crime has fallen consistently over decades. Through Oct. 29, this year’s robbery, burglary and motor vehicle theft totals, for example, were the lowest in the city since 1966.

Not only is crime supposedly down in the “Windy City,” but the Chicago Police Department doesn’t need additional manpower according to Superintendent McCarthy. Main added:

He said the latest crime statistics show that the police department is able to reduce crime without hiring more cops.

“We will work with what we are given,” said McCarthy, who became superintendent in early 2011 after Emanuel took office. “We’ve got enough police. We have more police officers per capita than any large city in the country.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Enter the folks over at the insightful Chicago police blog Second City Cop, and something they wrote earlier this month. SCC blogged on October 16:

Perception is part of the key to people “feeling safe.” The other part is actually being safe, having a visible patrol presence, being seen making arrests, performing traffic stops, and interacting with the public. That isn’t happening in most “safe” neighborhoods because the manpower has been stripped (or retired without replacement) from those areas.

Add in a massive reclassification of crime, increased response times to discourage reporting of crime, making the 3-1-1 (Alternate Response) a nightmare to navigate through and you have all the makings of betraying trust with the community when they can see the uptick in crimes with their own eyes and they no longer believe your numbers.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Before I exited the city in May, I myself witnessed CPD manpower being stripped from my police district (16th), heard stories about this “massive reclassification of crime”- “downgrade and reclassify”- from Chicago police officers, and read about/personally experienced the “nightmare” in interacting with the Chicago Police Department (procedural, not personnel).

The American author and humorist Mark Twain once said:

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

That could very well be the case here.

As for that “we’ve got enough police” statement, it’s no secret that the Chicago Police Department has been burning through massive amounts of funds budgeted for police overtime. John Byrne, Hal Dardick, and Bob Secter reported last week on the Chicago Tribune website:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget more than doubles the amount initially set aside for police overtime this year, reflecting the increasingly high financial cost of trying to tamp down gun violence on city streets.

The new spending blueprint anticipates $71 million in overtime for police next year, compared with the $32 million the mayor budgeted for 2013 — an estimate the city rapidly blew past in response to a wave of murders and shootings that drew unflattering national attention.

At what point does it make more sense to just hire additional police officers to address the ongoing manpower shortage? You see, having adequate overtime funds to pay cops to continue the “surge” in troubled areas of the city still doesn’t address the problem of manpower being stripped from the “safe” neighborhoods and criminals taking advantage of this situation- unless the City staffs these districts with the new hires. However, the Chicago Tribune reported just this Monday that:

The city plans to hire only enough new officers to keep the size of the force steady at about 12,500 officers.

But as I blogged back on October 26, 2012, the number of police officers in Chicago fell by about 1,000 in the prior six years.

Prior to Rahm becoming mayor, the previously budgeted strength of the Chicago Police Department was 13,500.

“We’ve got enough police.” That’s certainly debatable. Meanwhile, the “safe” neighborhoods remain juicy targets for criminal activity, and a number of Chicagoans will continue to not feel “safe,” despite what the “official” statistics may show.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (


Main, Frank. “Top cop touts good news: Every major category of crime down this year.” Chicago Sun-Times. 30 Oct. 2013. ( 31 Oct. 2013.

SCC. “Crime Stats Are Not to be Believed.” Second City Cop. 16 Oct. 2013. ( 31 Oct. 2013.

Byrne, John, Dardick, Hal, and Secter, Bob. “Emanuel to spend big on police OT in 2014.” Chicago Tribune. 23 Oct. 2013. ( 31 Oct. 2013.

Dardick, Hal and Ruthhart, Bill. “Proposed cigarette tax, police overtime draw council queries.” Chicago Tribune. 28 Oct. 2013. ( 31 Oct. 2013.

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Thursday, October 31st, 2013 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Security, Self-Defense No Comments

Another Great Editorial Cartoon About Chicago

Scott Stantis is a Chicago-based cartoonist whose editorial cartoons grace the pages of the Chicago Tribune five times a week.

If his name sounds familiar it’s because I blogged about a cartoon of his last week that depicted a young lemonade stand operator in Chicago frantically calling the state of Indiana for help as menacing figures named “Taxes,” “Unions,” “Regulations,” and “Fees” loomed over him in Illinois, demanding a piece of the “action.”

Opening my Sunday Tribune again yesterday morning (I’m a little behind on blog-related reading these days), I noticed another cartoon by Stantis which also manages to hit very close to home with what I’ve been blogging about on a regular basis these days.

So much so it’s one of the reasons I now live where I do (with “it” meaning crime and the growing prospect of more criminal activity as local and state government finances erode going forward).

Outside of Chicago.

Like Stantis said:

Would the last one to leave please shoot out the lights?

As it’s not posted on the Association of American Editorial Cartoonist website as of this morning, you can check out the cartoon on a Chicago Tribune gallery here.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
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Chicago Police Warn Of Robberies In River North, West Loop

From the “crime is down” city comes a strong-arm robbery alert for the River North neighborhood from the Chicago Police Department. Rachel Cromidas reported on the Chicago Tribune website Tuesday morning:

The Chicago Police Department released a community alert Monday night warning of an increase in strong arm robbery in River North.

In each of the incidents, the alert said, multiple offenders approached people walking on the sidewalk in the late night and early morning, punched them, pushed them, or threw them to the ground, and took belongings from them.

The offenders may have driven a dark, four-door vehicle, the report said…

Locations of the muggings include the 400 block of North Wabash Avenue, the 0-100 block of East Illinois Street, and the 0-100 block of East Ohio Street.

River North is one of Chicago’s more affluent neighborhoods, with a design district, gallery district, and tourist-oriented restaurants located there.

Seeing that a number of prospective visitors have bailed on coming to Chicago based on what they’ve heard/read about in the news regarding the shootings, murders, and wildings, the city’s leaders better crack down on these violent “multiple offenders” in River North fast before more tourists opt for some “safer” destination.

UPDATE: After typing this post Tuesday, I was watching WGN 9 News at 9 PM last night when it was reported that the Chicago Police Department had also issued a community alert for the “center of city night life” West Loop- for several robberies, no less. Randi Belisomo wrote on the WGN 9 website this morning:

Police are searching for suspects in a handful of robberies on the city’s Near West Side.

Police say the suspects have approached victims and stolen their cell phone and wallets and purses with by force or by tricking them…

The locations of these robberies were between the 1200 and 800 block of West Randolph Street and the 100 block of West Lake Street.

Is it just me, or are the roaches really starting to come out of the woodwork downtown these days?

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
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Cromidas, Rachel. “Chicago police warn of Near North Side muggings.” Chicago Tribune. 24 Sep. 2013. (,0,5003093.story?track=rss). 25 Sep. 2013.

Belisomo, Randi. “Police warn of robberies in West Loop, seek suspects.” WGN 9. 25 Sep. 2013. ( 25 Sep. 2013.

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Tourism No Comments

Could Illinois Concealed-Carry Be Delayed If State Police Assists Chicago?

“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.”

-Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC), February 1, 2013, press release

“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.”

-Russel L. Honoré, retired Lieutenant General (U.S. Army) who served as the 33rd commanding general of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia, at a news conference in Chicago on February 21, 2013

In addition to recent calls for outside intervention in an attempt to deal with the City of Chicago’s high number of shootings and murders, there’s this from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn yesterday. Jon Seidel reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website:

Gov. Pat Quinn is willing to discuss sending in reinforcements from the Illinois State Police to help Chicago authorities deal with the violence, after a mass shooting Thursday night left 13 people injured, including a 3-year-old boy.

The governor “stands ready” to talk with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and law enforcement officials in Chicago “about the possibility of providing additional Illinois State Police reinforcements to help stop the violence,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Saturday.

Illinois State Police? Hmm. I wonder if Illinois state troopers being sent to assist the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department wouldn’t push back the rolling out of concealed-carry in Illinois due to “unforeseen emergency circumstances”? You know, administrative support being all tied-up and such for this event? Considering the financial state the “Land of Lincoln” is in, I doubt the Illinois State Police is well-funded to begin with.

At this point in time, it’s anticipated the Illinois State Police- who play a significant role in implementing Public Act 98-63, the “Firearm Concealed Carry Act”- will be making concealed-carry applications available to the public by January 5, 2014.

Of course, timeframes as well as laws can be amended and changed.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
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Seidel, Jon. “Quinn ready to discuss sending state police to help curb violence in Chicago.” Chicago Sun-Times. 21 Sep. 2013. ( 22 Sep. 2013.

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Chicago Named ‘Murder Capital Of U.S.’

Back on August 6, 2012, I blogged about Chicago, Illinois, holding the title of “Deadliest Global City.”

And just this morning, I saw the “Windy City” being named the new “Murder Capital” of the United States.

From a GovBeat blog post on the Washington Post website yesterday:

FBI: Chicago passes New York as murder capital of U.S.

The city of Chicago registered more homicides than any city in the nation in 2012, surpassing even New York — despite the fact that the Second City has only one third as many residents as the Big Apple.

In new crime statistics released Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, up sharply from the 431 recorded in 2011. New York reported 419 murders last year, compared with 515 in 2011…

I know what a number of you are thinking right now:

“How that gun “control” working out for you, Chicago?”

“Deadliest Global City.” “Murder Capital of U.S.” Real nice. My relatives buried in old St. Boniface Cemetery on Clark are probably rolling in their graves right now knowing the city they helped build has come to this.

If they were still alive and kicking, I have a feeling they’d demand the bad guys be put in their graves instead.

Anyway, for your reference, here are the FBI’s numbers for Chicago from the just released Crime in the United States 2012 report, with 2011 data in parentheses. From the Criminal Justice Information Services Division:

Table 8
Offenses Known to Law Enforcement
by City, 2012

Population- 2,708,382 (2,703,713)
Violent crime-
Murder and negligent manslaughter- 500 (431)
Forcible rape-
Robbery- 13,476 (13,975)
Aggravated assault- 12,272 (12,408)
Property crime- 112,466 (118,239)
Burglary- 22,748 (26,420)
Larceny-theft- 72,717 (72,373)
Motor vehicle theft- 17,001 (19,446)

1 The FBI does not publish arson data unless it receives data from either the agency or the state for all 12 months of the calendar year.

2 The data collection methodology for the offense of forcible rape used by Chicago, Illinois does not comply with national Uniform Crime Reporting Program guidelines. Consequently, its figures for forcible rape and violent crime (of which forcible rape is a part) are not published in this table.

To view the entire report, visit the FBI website here.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
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Wilson, Reid. “FBI: Chicago passes New York as murder capital of U.S.” GovBeat. 18 Sep. 2013. ( 19 Sep. 2013.

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D.C. Navy Yard Shootings Suspect African-American Male Entering With Only A Shotgun?

I only recently heard about the tragic shootings that took place at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard earlier today. While information about the incident is still coming in- and a lot of nonsense is already being spouted-off (“declare the NRA a terrorist organization!”)- I read the following on the website of NBC4 Washington, D.C. a short time ago:

At least 12 people are dead after a shooting Monday morning in a heavily secured building at the D.C. Navy Yard, and authorities now say they have identified the gunman.

That gunman, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, is among the 12 dead. Officials said he recently began working as a civilian contractor.

On the home page of the NBC affiliate, a young, African-American male sporting a bald/shaved head is shown superimposed on a banner which reads:

“Gunman ID’d in Navy Yard Shooting That Killed 13″

Hmm. A number of people were probably real disappointed that it wasn’t a “creepy cracker” that was shown.

In addition, there’s this:

Survellance video shows the gunman entered the building at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, at 1336 Isaac Hull Ave., with a shotgun, News4′s Jackie Bensen reported.

He shot the security guard in the head, killing him. The shooter then continued through the building, and seemed to target his victims, who were mostly on the third and fourth floors.

D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies responded, Bensen said. During that response, a MPD officer was shot in the leg.

The gunman was then shot by a FBI hostage response team, Bensen said.

According to what witnesses are telling investigators, by the time the shootings ended, the gunman was seen with a semiautomatic 9 mm pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle. Authorities are investigating whether the gunman took the security guard’s service weapon – likely a 9 mm pistol – and hid in wait for the first responding D.C. police officers, who would be specially armed with AR-15s.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

An African-American male suspect possibly armed with just a shotgun initially?

No “assault weapon” or “scary” handgun?

(Editor’s note: Some have already suggested this account of the incident may get “sanitized” real quick once the mainstream media get their marching orders from the powers-that-be)

Something tells me the hopes of the anti-Second Amendment crowd in furthering their agenda with the Navy Yard shootings will fade pretty fast if what NBC4 Washington is reporting this afternoon is found to be true.

In the meantime, my prayers go out to all those affected by this violence.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
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“Gunman ID’d in D.C. Navy Yard Shooting That Killed 13.” NBC Washington, D.C. 16 Sep. 2013. ( 16 Sep. 2013.

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Chicago Labor Day Weekend Shootings: 8 Killed, 25 Wounded

Here’s the latest tally for shootings over the Labor Day weekend in Chicago:

8 killed, at least 25 wounded from Friday night until Monday evening

The carnage can’t compete with what went down over the long Independence Day weekend earlier this summer, when 12 were killed and 62 people were injured in gun-related violence in a city with very strict gun “control” laws on the books.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
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Carpenter, John. “Eight dead, at least 25 wounded in holiday weekend gun violence.” Homicide Watch Chicago. 3 Sep. 2013. ( 3 Sep. 2013.

Guarino, Mark. “Chicago erupts in gun violence: 74 people shot, 12 killed over July 4 weekend.” The Christian Science Monitor. 8 July 2013. ( 3 Sep. 2013.

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Chicago Homicide Study: ‘The City Is Way Safer!’ Part 2

In response to a recent analysis by University of Chicago graduate student Daniel Kay Hertz of homicide rates in Chicago from 1990-1993 and again from 2008-2011 and his conclusion that the city was “way safer” these days- I decided to take it upon myself to go beyond murders and compare violent crime numbers.

(Editor’s note: The real value in Kay Hertz’s study lies with his illustration of a growing homicide rate “inequality” in the city over these past 20 or so years. If you haven’t looked at his work, it’s worth checking out)

I blogged late last night:

And seeing I’m a big picture kind of guy, if its safety “on the whole” in the “Windy City” that’s being talked about, I suggest violent crime- which includes homicides- is examined instead. According to the Chicago Police Department, violent crime consists of:

• Homicide, 1st and 2nd Degree
• Criminal Sexual Assault
• Robbery
• Aggravated Assault
• Aggravated Battery

(Editor’s note: I’m aware of the allegations of “downgrade and reclassify” regarding these types of incidents. For example, downgrading/reclassifying a robbery as theft in the books to paint a better picture as it concerns crime. I’ll keep that in mind.)

A comparison of violent crime numbers in Chicago Police Department districts from 1990-1993 to 2008-2011. That’s what I think is needed here if we’re going to have a serious discussion about safety in the city of Chicago.

And this is what I found this morning:

CPD Violent Crime Data

(Editor’s note: Keep the following in mind when viewing the above table…

• 1990-1993, 2008-2010 crime data taken from CPD Annual Reports
• 2011 crime data taken from CompStat 2012 Year End report on CPD website
• 1990-1993 Aggravated Assault listed- no Battery
• 2008, 2009 Homicides adjusted in following year’s Annual Report
• 2008 Aggravated Assault/Battery combined
• 2010 Criminal Sexual Assault, Robbery adjusted in CompStat 2012 Year End report on CPD website
• 2011 no Annual Report available; CompStat 2012 Year End report on CPD website used to provide data
• 2011 only Aggravated Battery available (see above bullet point))

Phew! So, what does a comparison of violent crime numbers in Chicago Police Department districts (the city of Chicago) from 1990-1993 to 2008-2011 reveal?

Well, unless there’s a ton of “downgrading and reclassifying” going on, reported violent crime appeared to be significantly lower in Chicago, Illinois, from 2008-2011 as compared to 1990-1993.

So, can it be said “Chi-Town” (just kidding- real Chicagoans don’t refer to their city as this) is more “safe” these days as compared to the early 90s?

I’d still be careful about throwing that term “safer” around loosely.

Case in point. Chicago was less “safe” in 2012 than it had been in years as it concerns homicides.

(Editor’s note: Remember, it was Kay Hertz who equated “safer” with lower homicide rates)

Or, if it’s criminal sexual assaults that are the “bar,” Chicago was less “safe” in 2011.

Here are the numbers for 2012 (no Annual Report available; data taken from CompStat 2012 Year End report on CPD website)

• 506 Homicides
• 1,383 Criminal Sexual Assaults
• 13,487 Robberies
• 7,815 Aggravated Batteries (no Aggravated Assault numbers)

What obviously stands out here is the number of murders in Chicago in 2012 (506)- which is the highest tally since 2008 (513) and which also ended the downwards trend that’s been going on the last couple of years.

In 2011, a smaller down-trend in criminal sexual assaults came to an end when reported incidents jumped to 1,523 from 1,456 the prior year.

Next up? An analysis of violent crime numbers in the City of Chicago from 1990 through 2012.

Nah. Let’s let some other graduate student crunch that data.

Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (

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Thursday, August 15th, 2013 Crime, Public Safety, Self-Defense No Comments

Chicago Homicide Study: ‘The City Is Way Safer!’ Part 1

(Editor’s note: Part 2 has been published and is located here)

I came across an interesting post earlier this evening on the Greg Hinz On Politics blog on the Crain’s Chicago Business website. Hinz talked about a recent Chicago homicide study conducted by Daniel Kay Hertz, a master’s student at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Kay Hertz compared homicide rates in Chicago Police Department districts from 1990-1993 to rates from 2008-2011. Utilizing two colored maps, Kay Hertz wrote in his blog City Notes back on August 5:

The areas in dark green are the safest; the ones in dark pink are the most dangerous. The colors are calibrated so that green areas are safer than average for the early 90s, and pink ones are more dangerous than average for the early 90s. The 2008-2011 map keeps the same calibration: green is safe compared to the early 90s, so that you can see change in the levels of violence over time.

And, indeed, the first thing that jumps out from these maps is that there’s way more green nowadays, and it tends to be darker. The city is way safer!

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

“The city is way safer!”

Kay Hertz continues to equate “safe” with lower homicide rates in the remainder of his blog post. The grad student writes later:

The North Side is unbelievably safe, at least as far as murder goes.

And then flames the mainstream media with this:

This is a complicated state of affairs, and probably goes at least part of the way to explaining why, in the face of a 50% decrease in homicides citywide over the last two decades, many people persist in believing that the opposite is true: because in their neighborhoods, it is. It’s a dynamic that defies an easy narrative, and makes me slightly less angry (though only slightly) at all those journalists who have written in the last year or two about murder in Chicago without mentioning that the city is, in fact, safer on the whole than it has been in fifty years.

“The city is, in fact, safer on the whole than it has been in fifty years.”

I’m assuming he’s still equating “safe” with lower murder rates here.

Now, Crain’s Hinz also mentioned the word “safe” when referring to the part of Chicago where he lives. From his post earlier today:

Overall, Mr. Hertz’s statistics are a good thing for most of the city. I and more than a million others live on the North Side and in adjacent areas, and they’re as safe as any other patches of urban real estate in the country.

“They’re as safe as any other patches of urban real estate in the country.”

Is Hinz also equating “safe” with lower homicide rates?

To each, their own.

And seeing I’m a big picture kind of guy, if its safety “on the whole” in the “Windy City” that’s being talked about, I suggest violent crime- which includes homicides- is examined instead. According to the Chicago Police Department, violent crime consists of:

• Homicide, 1st and 2nd Degree
• Criminal Sexual Assault
• Robbery
• Aggravated Assault
• Aggravated Battery

(Editor’s note: I’m aware of the allegations of “downgrade and reclassify” regarding these types of incidents. For example, downgrading/reclassifying a robbery as theft in the books to paint a better picture as it concerns crime. I’ll keep that in mind.)

A comparison of violent crime numbers in Chicago Police Department districts from 1990-1993 to 2008-2011. That’s what I think is needed here if we’re going to have a serious discussion about safety in the city of Chicago.

Time to crunch some numbers.

More tomorrow…

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (


Hinz, Greg. “When it comes to murder rates, Chicago is two cities.” Greg Hinz On Politics. 14 Aug. 2013. ( 14 Aug. 2013.

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