Chicago’s a “sanctuary” city?

Chicago, Illinois and its liberal democrat leadership claim it be a “sanctuary” city.

I think you’d be safer walking around downtown Baghdad, taking a hike through North Korea or spending a weekend in Benghazi.

According to Merriam-Webster, “sanctuary” means “a place of refuge or safety.”

Elizabeth Llorente of Fox News reported that “Chicago has most violent weekend this year: 52 shot, 10 dead.

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Wow…, 52 shot and 10 dead in one weekend!  Those numbers prompted me to look more closely at some other numbers.

My first reaction when I saw these numbers was that these numbers remind me of numbers you might see in a real “war zone.”

So I decided to look at the casualty numbers from the war in Afghanistan and see how the “sanctuary” city of Chicago compared.

From 2012-2018, 6 years, the total number of deaths suffered by our military personnel in Afghanistan was 857.

From 2012-2018, 6 years, the total number of gun deaths recorded in Chicago, Illinois was 1,216.

You can tack on another 20,000 or so casualties during that time frame as well.

This is a “sanctuary” city?

A “sanctuary” for who?

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Chicago is the third largest city in the United States.

It is also, by definition, a “war zone.”

Actually…, based on the numbers, Chicago is worse than the war zone in Afghanistan.

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According to Kristine Frazao of WJLA-TV in Washington D.C., “Some states with strictest gun laws also have the most dangerous cities.”

“One of the top ten states with the most restrictive gun laws in the country is Illinois, where last year there were 650 murders in Chicago alone, according to a USA Today’s compilation of crime data.”

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“In Maryland, another state with some of the strictest gun laws in the country, Baltimore had 343 murders last year and has highest per capita murder rate in the nation. The city was also just named the most dangerous city in America by USA Today.”

Liberals still haven’t figured out that criminals typically don’t follow “the law!”  Or maybe they have, but they just don’t care.

“Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said she’s considering replacing Johnson [Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson], but will not decide until after a more thorough study of the city’s problems, according to WGN-TV.”

“A study of the city’s problems?”

“A study of the city’s problems?”

Just off the top of my head…, I would say there are too many criminals on the streets with too many weapons.  Now that’s just off the top of my head mind you.

“On Twitter, [Department spokesman Anthony] Guglielmi assailed a program known as ‘I-Bond’ that allows Cook County offenders to be released on a no-cash bond. The program was implemented in 1982 to address jail overcrowding.  But critics long have said it provides criminals a fast way to get back on the streets.”

‘“Letting gun offenders out on I-Bonds shows there is absolutely no repercussion for carrying illegal guns in Chicago,’ Guglielmi tweeted.”

Again…, just off the top of my head…, I would say these I-Bond things are a real issue as well…, but that’s just off the top of my head…, again, mind you.

In my mind, you would address jail overcrowding by building a bigger jail or another jail…, not letting criminals back out on the street who are a threat to the community…, but that’s just me.

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A memorial of flowers, balloons, a cross and photo of victim Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, are displayed on the lawn, Friday, May 17, 2019 in Chicago, outside the home where Ochoa-Lopez was murdered last month. Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy says a pregnant Ochoa-Lopez, who was killed and whose baby was cut from her womb, was strangled while being shown a photo album of the late son and brother of her attackers. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

What?!

Are you kidding me?!

Again…, just off the top of my head now…, I would say that part of the problem is that some of these gang members are not even human beings!

These people don’t need to be let out on bail when they’re caught…, they need to be locked up and the key thrown away…, regardless of how much it costs to keep them behind bars.

The alternative is more people are going to die.

These liberal “do gooders,” which is a fallacy all on its own, should be forced to live in the neighborhoods these “things” prey on.

They are obviously willing to take their chances with the lives of other law abiding citizens in Chicago…, why not their own?

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The Associated Press also contributed to this story.

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Why are so many cities, led by liberal democrats, such “hot messes?”

Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Memphis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Minneapolis, just to name a few.

So what do all of these crime-ridden cities have in common?

They all have inept democrat “leadership…,” if you can call it leadership.

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And along with that inept democrat “leadership” comes inept democrat policies, and a total disregard for any kind of fiscal responsibility, and a disregard for any kind of responsibility for that matter.

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What we have here is basically idiots leading the ignorant.

This problem is created when the majority of these cities’ populations are made-up of dependent people looking for hand-outs, mostly unskilled workers, and the poorly educated.

As a result, unqualified democrat candidates are elected who have no idea how to solve any of the cities’ problems, nor do they even want to.

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These are the types of candidates this demographic consistently leans towards and supports.

These “leaders” are blissfully ignorant, and more than happy to be “large and in charge” of their dysfunctional fantasy lands, as their “Romes” burn down around them.

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That seems to be the basic “modus operandi” of a socialist form of government.

Barnini Chakraborty for Fox News seems to agree with me when she reports that, “Baltimore [is] struggling with soaring crime, drugs and inept political leaders.”

“Charm City [Baltimore] has also been struggling with a crisis of confidence when it comes to its political leaders.”

I’m sure we can all recall the visions of the Baltimore riot during Barack Obama’s reign, how he chose to ignore it, and how the mayor at that time chose to let the rioters “express themselves” by burning down half of the city.

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“Last week, federal agents raided the homes and City Hall offices of Baltimore’s embattled Mayor Catherine Pugh, widening an investigation into whether she used bulk sales of her self-published children’s book to disguise kickbacks. The early-morning searches were just the latest setback for the politically isolated first-term mayor who campaigned on transparency and ending corruption.”

“Republican Gov. Larry Hogan joined a growing group of people who want Pugh to step down and has called on the state prosecutor to investigate allegations of ‘self-dealing’ by Pugh.”

‘“Now more than ever, Baltimore City needs strong and responsible leadership,’ Hogan tweeted Thursday. ‘Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead.  For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign.’”

“Baltimore City Council members echoed the sentiment, and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot tweeted last month: ‘The Mayor has to resign – now. The people of Baltimore are facing too many serious challenges, as it is, to also deal with such brazen, cartoonish corruption from their chief executive.’”

Yes…, “the mayor has to resign now,” so we can get the next clown in there who will probably be even worse.

“Pugh has been on paid administrative leave for the past month as calls to go grow, but she is hardly the first Baltimore mayor who has faced calls to leave.  Democratic Mayor Sheila Dixon resigned from office in 2010 to save her pension and preserve the possibility of working for the city or state again.  Pugh beat out Dixon by about 3,000 votes to clinch the 2016 Democratic primary.”

“John Dedie, a political science coordinator at the Community College of Baltimore County, told The Associated Press that one of the city’s greatest fears is to be ‘seen as a laughing stock, like Detroit was years ago until the governor of Michigan put it in receivership.’”

Uhh, I think it’s a little too late for that Mr. Dedie.

The new Police Commissioner, Michael Harrison was sworn-in on March 12, and he promised to make Baltimore safer and lead the department through sweeping reforms.

Promises, promises.

“Beverly White, who has lived in the city for more than three decades, told Fox News she has struggled to keep her family safe.”

‘“There have been shootings one after another,’ she said. ‘We’ve had people come here and promise to clean up the streets but nothing happens. People feel unsafe in their neighborhoods. (Harrison) says he’s going to turn things around. It’s a nice thought, but they keep killing people… it’s going to get worse in the summer. It always gets worse in the summer.’”

“To be fair, Harrison inherited a dysfunctional force that’s long been distrusted by many residents. Misconduct by officers and chronically high rates of violent crime are just a handful of systemic failures in Baltimore.”

No…, to be fair, Mr. Harrison knew exactly what he was walking into, and it is obvious that he is in way over his head.

There really is no positive end in sight for these cities.

They’ll all end up bottoming out and declaring bankruptcy, like Detroit, before any hint of positive momentum can begin to be realized.

The more things change the more they remain the same.

“We spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let’s face it, is mostly the history of stupidity.” – Stephen Hawking

“We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” – Winston Churchill

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