Violence Is SKYROCKETING In This City Controlled By Inept Liberals

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Baltimore is one of the most violent cities in the United States. I know that might come as a shock, especially considering that benevolent liberals having been in charge for quite some time. (It hasn’t occurred to them to ask if they’re the ones contributing to the problem, but I repeat myself.)

After Freddie Gray’s death, liberals went positively bonkers. Rioters destroyed their own city, and liberal leaders stood around, scratched their heads, and wondered how the city descended into chaos. After the initial shock, liberal leaders scrambled. Well, scrambled to find someone else to blame. They blamed the racist cops for their problems.

And it’s only getting better in Baltimore. (And by better, I mean worse.) On Friday, the city broke a record. The killings have soared to “levels unseen in 43 years.”

There were 43 homicides in July alone. 

Police reported three deaths — two men shot Thursday and one on Friday. The men died at local hospitals.

With their deaths, this year’s homicides reached 189, far outpacing the 119 killings by July’s end in 2014. Nonfatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year. July’s total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“Too many continue to die on our streets,” Rawlings-Blake said then. “Families are tired of dealing with this pain, and so am I. Recent events have placed an intense focus on our police leadership, distracting many from what needs to be our main focus: the fight against crime.”

Well maybe if she didn’t give criminals “space to destroy…”

Crime experts and residents of Baltimore’s most dangerous neighborhoods cite a confluence of factors: mistrust of the police; generalized anger and hopelessness over a lack of opportunities for young black men; and competition among dealers of illegal drugs, bolstered by the looting of prescription pills from pharmacies during the riot.

While these may be the causes, I think they’re pretty ridiculous. Not trusting the police? Hey- if you don’t commit crimes, you don’t even HAVE to face the police. Next!

Generalized anger and hopelessness? Well, well, well. Why would they have that? Liberals have dumped $1.8 billion into the city to eradicate that. Where’d the money go? Why isn’t it eliminating poverty and assisting the black community the left loves oh so much? We covered this before

On top of that, 29 other ZIP codes in that area received $568,641,684,$5,644,792 went to “promote the economic and social well-being of children, youth, families and communities,” $9.5 million went toward “homelessness prevention” and $26 million went toward rebuilding foreclosed or abandoned homes and properties.

The truth is, people in these cities can’t get ahead because liberalism keeps them down. It discourages independence, breeds hate and creates contempt for anyone who embraces individual responsibility and reaps the benefits of hard work. Liberalism squashes all incentive and propagates the idea that everything is someone else’s fault. The Great Society’s ideas aren’t so great after all, huh?

Between championing the collective over the individual, delivering a less than desirable education system and promoting a lifestyle of total mediocrity, liberal policies have torn these families and cities apart.

You know what would fix all this violence, hate and poverty? Gun control and more stimulus money. #LiberalLogic.

*(GENTLE GIANTS IN CHICAGO FOR A FRIDAY NIGHT)* 10 people wounded in separate shootings – *(BLACK LIVES MATTER)*

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By Alexandra Chachkevitch
Chicago Tribune
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At least 10 people have been wounded in separate shootings since Friday evening across the city, police said.

A 21-year-old man was critically hurt and two 17-year-old boys were wounded in a shooting around 2:45 a.m. Saturday in the University Village neighborhood on the Near West Side, police said.

The three people were standing outside in the 1000 block of West 14th Street when a light-colored sedan pulled up to them, said Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Officer Amina Greer. Two unknown attackers stepped out of the car and fired gunshots, Greer said.

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The 21-year-old was shot in the head and was listed in critical condition at Stroger Hospital.

One 17-year-old boy was shot in the arm and leg, and the other 17-year-old was hit in the leg. Both were also taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions stabilized, Greer said.

At the scene of the shooting, police officers blocked off a section of West 14th Street west of Morgan Street with yellow tape.

Inside the crime scene, at least half a dozen orange evidence markers, some indicating shell casings, lay in the middle of 14th Street.

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A pool of blood and an empty plastic bottle lay near a parked black van in the parking lot next to 14th Street.

Police officers examined evidence and shone flashlights.

Several four-story red brick apartment buildings surrounded the scene of the shooting.

A couple of neighbors came outside to see what happened. Some said they heard between 10 and 13 gunshots, followed by screaming.

“My heart is beating,” said a woman who stood near the crime scene with her daughter.

In other shootings:

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• A 24-year-old man walked into Mercy Hospital and Medical Center after being shot several times around 4:30 a.m. Saturday in the Robert Taylor Homes neighborhood on the South Side, police said.

The man was standing outside in the 4200 block of South State Street when someone fired shots from a passing vehicle, striking him in the back and in the right arm, police said.

The man was listed in critical condition and was expected to be transferred to Stroger Hospital, police said.

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• About 4:20 a.m. Saturday, a 24-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 2900 block of South Ashland Avenue in the Lower West Side neighorhood, police said. Police officers discovered the man lying on the sidewalk after responding to a call of a person shot, police said. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized, police said.

• About 3:15 a.m. Saturday, a 23-year-old woman was wounded in a shooting in the Old Town neighborhood on the North Side, Greer said. The woman was sitting in a car in the 1300 block of North Hudson Avenue when she heard gunshots and realized she was struck in the leg, Greer said. The woman’s friends drove her to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where her condition stabilized, Greer said.

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• About 2 a.m. Saturday, a 31-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were hurt in a shooting in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, Greer said. Both were standing outside with a group in the 5500 block of South Hermitage Avenue when they heard shots and realized they were struck, Greer said.

The 31-year-old was shot in the right foot, and the 32-year-old was shot in the left foot. Both were taken to Holy Cross Hospital where their conditions stabilized, police said.
• About 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a 29-year-old man was struck during a drive-by shooting in the North Austin neighborhood on the West Side, Greer said. The man was inside a vehicle in the 5100 block of West Division Street when a light-colored sedan pulled up alongside and someone inside it fired shots, Greer said. The sedan then fled southbound.

The man was shot in the arm and thigh and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition stabilized, Greer said.

• About 11 p.m. Friday, a 36-year-old woman was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said. The woman was standing outside in the 11000 block of South Vernon Avenue when someone fired shots from a passing brown van, Greer said. The woman was struck in the right leg and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where her condition stabilized, Greer said.

No one was in custody early Saturday as a result of the shootings, and police were still investigating.

Luis Gutierrez Explodes on Center for Immigration Study’s Expert During Testimony

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 used his time testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to furiously denounce the Center for Immigration Studies’ Jessica Vaughan, after she turned his dismissal of Kathryn Steinle’s murder as “a little thing” against him.

Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies, testified about the dangers sanctuary policies pose to Americans when local jurisdictions refuse to hand over illegal aliens to immigration authorities, or even detain them.

“As someone who has also lost a close family member,” Vaughan said, “my brother, because of a negligent act by a sworn law enforcement officer and also a bad policy — and I should add that the offense that was committed was one that some on this committee would call a ‘minor traffic offense’ that killed my brother, I have to say that it is really not OK to refer to these tragedies as a ‘little thing,’ as one member of this committee has.”

This reference was to Gutierrez, who brushed off Steinle’s murder during a July 16 interview with Telemundo. After a reporter cited the killing in relation to sanctuary cities, he responded: “Every time a little thing like this happens, [Republicans] use the most extreme example to say it must be eliminated.”

Vaughan continued, “I have a friend. Her name is Heather. A few years ago, she was carjacked at knife-point and taken to Roger  Williams’ Park in Providence, Rhode Island, and raped repeatedly by an illegal alien who had been in the custody of the Providence Police Department more than once,” but was released thanks to a mayor’s sanctuary city policies.

“This was not a ‘little thing,’” she declared. “I have other friends, some in this room, who can tell similar stories. And I’m afraid Congress is about to get away with doing just a ‘little thing’ just by barring funding from these sanctuary jurisdictions, some funding. And I’m asking you today to not be satisfied by just doing a ‘little thing.’ This big problem requires you to have the courage to do a bigger thing.”

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Gutierrez was spitting mad.

About three minutes into his testimony, he asked to re-read a statement he made at another hearing. He began to read in an increasingly angry tone.

“I just want to, just for the record, because I think it is very important –” he paused, glaring daggers at the audience, likely at Vaughan. “Listen to this,” he demanded, with another pregnant pause. He then read aloud a statement he made during a July 14 hearing.

“‘I want to say to you, Mr. Gowdy, that I feel the same anguish and pain that I know the secretary does, and every American should at the death of that woman,’” he read. “That nobody has come here to look for excuses or anything else. I mean, this is a career criminal we have on our hands… This man is not an immigrant. Immigrants come here to work hard, sweat, and toil,” he read in staccato, before rushing on: “We should be warm and welcoming them; this man is a foreigner who has come to cause damage.”

He appeared to calm himself somewhat before stating: “‘Let’s fix our broken immigration system, so we can get rid of foreigners who come here to cause damage, harm and welcome immigrants.’”

“That is my statement,” he said, waving a piece of paper. “I’d just like to put it in the record, once again, because apparently Mrs. Vaughan didn’t read it,” he snarled. “Or take the time to read it.”

“Secondly, on the floor of the House of Representatives, on July 9, quote — and this is in the record, and I’d like to put it in the record once again, because apparently Mrs. Vaughan doesn’t read,” he spat, “what is actually said, in the English language, in the English language, that I have said.”

This was a deeply disingenuous thing for Gutierrez to say about Steinle’s murder: In English, he said he could “only imagine the grief her family is feeling” on the Congressional record. One week later, he said in Spanish her death was “a little thing.” Politicians talk out both sides of their mouth, but thanks to mass immigration, the U.S. can see its elected representatives do so in different languages.

Gutierrez accused Vaughan of “exploiting” Steinle’s death by pointing out that defiant local authorities refused to cooperate with immigration law enforcement, and that Gutierrez himself scoffed at her murder.

Gutierrez, always audacious, adopted Steinle’s murder as a way to plug his own political career.

“Apparently,” Gutierrez said as he removed his glasses and gathered himself up in a fury, “people have decided to besmirch people’s reputation, and take their words, and exploit the death of a beautiful young American woman. And I will not simply stand here and remain silent while that happens. You may not believe that we should have, Mrs. Vaughan, a fixing of our broken immigration system. But don’t exploit a young woman’s death in order to receive a paycheck to put food on your table.”

That Americans have lost beloved family members to illegal aliens made no impression on Gutierrez. He demanded Vaughan stop talking about immigration altogether.

“You should find a more decent and practical way about going about your living,” he shouted.

And then Gutierrez turned to her grieving father.

“To Mr. Steinle, I am so sorry about the death of your daughter,” he said, putting a hand to his heart. “I assure you I have a 36-year-old, and a 27-year-old, and I love them dearly. And I can never imagine losing them. And I will work to make sure we fix this immigration system. And the situations like the ones you suffer never happen again.”

“That has been my record in the past, in working with the members of the minority and the majority in this House. And I take great offense at anyone suggesting otherwise,” he concluded.

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*(FINAL NUMBERS JUST IN FOR CHICAGO THIS WEEKEND. GENTLE GIANTS KILLING EACH OTHER)* Weekend shooting toll in Chicago: 7 dead, 35 wounded – Chicago Tribune

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By Peter Nickeas and Megan Crepeau
Chicago Tribune
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7 dead, 35 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings
Three teens and four others were killed across Chicago between Friday afternoon and Monday morning and 35 others survived gunshot wounds during the same period.
Seven people were killed in the dozens of shootings in Chicago since Friday. (WGN-TV)
The homicides this weekend bring the year’s total to 263, according to an analysis of a Chicago Tribune database on city homicides. That’s an increase of 35 over last year and 25 over 2013, according to Tribune data. The city has also seen more shootings, according to a Tribune database on shootings: 1,532 total gunshot victims through Monday morning this year, which is almost 100 more than during the same period in 2012 — a year that saw 500 homicides.

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Two were killed and nine wounded between 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday; three killed and 16 wounded between Saturday and Sunday; and another two dead and 10 wounded from Sunday morning into 6 a.m. Monday morning.

The most recent homicide left a 16-year-old boy dead in the Little Village neighborhood. He was in the 2800 block of South Keeler Avenue when someone in a passing vehicle shot at him, hitting him in the chest. Someone drove the boy, David Moreno, to Mount Sinai Hospital. He was pronounced dead there.

Police said the young man was likely shot because of an affiliation with a gang that claims much of the Little Village neighborhood west of Ridgeway Avenue. No description was available of the vehicle that fled the shooting except that it may have been dark-colored.

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Another teen was shot earlier Sunday in the South Shore neighborhood. The 18-year-old was shot in the 8100 block of South Manistee Avenue just after 9 a.m. and pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. No one is in custody for that slaying, either. The 18-year-old was the third of four people to be shot in that neighborhood between 11:35 p.m. Saturday and about midnight Sunday.

A double homicide on the West Side early Sunday morning also left a woman wounded, police said. The men, 32 and 35, died in the front seats of a sedan in the 500 block of North Avers Avenue. Someone fired into the car, killing the two men and wounding the woman, just after 2:35 a.m.

The nonfatal gunshot victims were spread across the South and West sides, with just one shooting – in the 1400 block of North Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park – happening north of Division Street. Six of the 42 people shot this weekend were women.

*(GENTLE GIANTS IN CHICAGO FOR THE WEEKEND)* 3 men dead, at least 16 people hurt in shootings

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By Alexandra Chachkevitch
Chicago Tribune
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Three men died, at least 16 other people were hurt in shootings since Saturday evening
Three men have been killed and at least 16 other people have been wounded in separate shootings since Saturday evening across the city, police said.

The 13 separate shooting incidents occurred in 12 different city neighborhoods, most on the South Side. Seven of those shootings occurred early Sunday morning.

About 2:35 a.m. Sunday, two men were shot to death and a woman was wounded in a shooting in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.

The three people were in a dark-colored sedan traveling south in the 500 block of North Avers Avenue when someone fired gunshots from the sidewalk, Alfaro said.

A 32-year-old man who was driving the car was struck several times. A male adult sitting in the front passenger seat also suffered several gunshot wounds to the body, Alfaro said; that man’s age was unavailable.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

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The victims were identifed Sunday afternoon as Kenneth J. Wallace, 35, of the 4800 block of West Washington Street; and Darron Thomas, 32, of the 3300 block of West 61st Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A 26-year-old woman, also a passenger in the car, was grazed in the right ankle and was taken to Norwegian American Hospital, where her condition stabilized, Alfaro said.

About 10:15 p.m. Saturday, a 21-year-old man was shot to death and a 21-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said.

The two men were walking on a sidewalk in the 1100 block of East 73rd Street when a male attacker came out of a black sedan and fired gunshots, Alfaro said.

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One of the men was hit several times in the chest and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Alfaro said. He was identified as Joshua Moore of the of the 6400 block of South Ellis Avenue, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The other 21-year-old man was hit in the left leg. His condition stabilized at Northwestern Memorial, Alfaro said.

At least 14 other people have been hurt in separate shootings:

• A 27-year-old man was wounded in a shooting around 5:30 a.m. Sunday in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said. The man walked into Mount Sinai Hospital after he was shot in the side and stomach the 2600 block of West 23rd Street, police said. The man was standing on a sidewalk when a blue minivan drove by and someone inside it fired gunshots, police said. The man’s condition stabilized, police said.
• About 5 a.m. Sunday, a 39-year-old man drove himself to St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center after he was shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, police said. The man was sitting in a parked car in the 1600 block of West 53rd Street when he heard gunshots and realized he was struck, police said. The man was hit in the back and abdomen and was transferred to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized, police said.

• About 2:05 a.m. Sunday, a 22-year-old woman and a 35-year-old woman were wounded in a shooting in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said. The women were standing on a sidewalk in the 1700 block of East 69th Street when a male attacker came out of a silver SUV and fired several gunshots, Alfaro said.

The 22-year-old was hit in the left thigh, and the 35-year-old was shot in both legs, Alfaro said. Both were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where their conditions stabilized.

• About 1 a.m. Sunday, a 40-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the Wicker Park neighborhood on the Near North Side, Alfaro said. The man was standing on a sidewalk in the 1400 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when a male attacker walked up to him and fired shots, Alfaro said. The man was hit in the upper left arm and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, Alfaro said.

• About 12:35 a.m. Sunday, a 40-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said. The man was standing on a sidewalk in the 6100 block of South King Drive when he heard gunshots and realized he was struck in the left ankle, Alfaro said. He was taken to University of Chicago medical center, where his condition stabilized.

• About 12:15 a.m. Sunday, a 16-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said. The teen was standing on a sidewalk in the 7500 block of South Rhodes Avenue when he heard gunshots and realized he was hit in the left hand, Alfaro said. The 16-year-old was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in good condition.
• About 11:45 p.m. Saturday, a 20-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said. The man was walking through a vacant lot in the 6800 block of South Paulina Street when he heard gunshots and realized he was struck, Alfaro said. The man was hit in the right foot and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition stabilized, Alfaro said.

• About 11:35 p.m. Saturday, a 19-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man were wounded in a shooting in the South Chicago neighborhood, Alfaro said. The two were sitting inside an SUV in the 7900 block of South Exchange Avenue when a male attacker fired shots from the sidewalk nearby, Alfaro said.

While attempting to flee the shooting, the SUV’s driver lost control and struck a CTA bus shelter and a man who was sitting at the bus stop, Alfaro said. The pedestrian was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his exact condition was unknown.

The 19-year-old woman and the 26-year-old man were able to drive to South Shore Hospital, Alfaro said. The 19-year-old was hit in the abdomen, and the 26-year-old was struck in the abdomen and in the right arm, Alfaro said.

Both were transferred to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions stabilized, Alfaro said.

• About 10:15 p.m. Saturday, a 53-year-old man was hurt in a shooting in the East Chatham neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said. The man was inside an apartment in the 7900 block of South Ingleside Avenue when a male attacker fired shots, striking him in the right arm, Alfaro said. The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, Alfaro said. The shooting appears to be domestic-related, police said.

• About 7:30 p.m. Saturday, two 21-year-old men were shot in the 3100 block of West Maypole Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, said Officer Veejay Zala, a police spokesman. The shooting left one man with a gunshot wound to his leg, and the second man with a wound to the shoulder, police said. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions had stabilized.
• About 5 p.m. Saturday, a 37-year-old woman was shot on the 7800 block of South Seeley Avenue in the Gresham neighborhood, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a police spokesman. The woman suffered a gunshot wound to her shoulder and was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital, where her condition stabilized, Sweeney said.