Sadly, there has been a public shooting here in America that’s taken more than a few innocent lives. For those who thought I was referring to El Paso or Dayton, you’re way off base.
No, I’m referring to Chicago. Or as the kids say; Chiraq.
Just to give a snapshot of the bloodshed on the streets of the Windy City, Fox News notes that under the mayoral tenure of Obama-buddy Rahm Emanuel (2011-2019) the death count alone was in the 4,000 bodies neighborhood.
Perhaps an exclamation point at the end of the sentence was FNC’s Martha MacCallum who noted that a number of declared Democrat candidates for president called for a total ban on firearms in the wake of this weekend’s Odessa, Texas, shooting that killed seven, the same number that were killed this past weekend alone in Chicago.
As seen in the video below, MacCallum interviewed longtime Chicago reporter, Heather Mac Donald, who plainly stated;
“The mainstream media and the Dem establishment don’t give a damn about black lives unless a white police officer is involved.”
But with all that aside, according to the Department of Justice, here are just a few specifics as to where criminals get their firepower;
- About 29% of state and 36% of federal prisoners serving time for a violent offense possessed a gun during the offense.
- About 1.3% of prisoners obtained a gun from a retail source and used it during their offense.
- Handguns were the most common type of firearm possessed by state and federal prisoners (18% each); 11% of all prisoners used a handgun.
- Among prisoners who possessed a gun during their offense, 90% did not obtain it from a retail source.
- Among prisoners who possessed a firearm during their offense, 0.8% obtained it at a gun show.
In the meantime, these are the hoops I have to jump through as a legal resident of North Carolina in order to pay for the alleged privilege of having my very own concealed carry permit.
- Be at least 21 years old;
- Have completed an approved firearms training class;
- Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident alien;
- Be a resident of North Carolina for 30 days preceding the filing of the application;
- Be a resident of the county in which the application is filed;
- Not be under indictment for a felony or against whom a finding of probable cause exists for a felony;
- Not have been adjudicated guilty of a felony in any court, unless: the felony is an offense that pertains to antitrust violations, unfair trade practices or restraints of trade, or the person’s firearm rights have been restored pursuant to state law;
- Not be a fugitive from justice;
- Not suffer from a physical or mental infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun;
- Not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under conditions other than honorable;
- Not be an unlawful user of or addicted to marijuana, alcohol or any depressant, stimulant or narcotic drug or other controlled substance;
- Not have been adjudicated guilty of or received a prayer for judgment continued or suspended sentence for one or more specified crimes of violence constituting a misdemeanor within 3 years of the date of application;
- Not have been adjudicated guilty of or received a prayer for judgment continued or suspended sentence for one or more crimes of violence constituting a misdemeanor for certain types of assault and battery, stalking, child abuse and domestic criminal trespass crimes, and a violation of a protective order;
- Not have been adjudicated guilty of or received a prayer for judgment continued or suspended sentence for one or more crimes involving an assault or a threat to assault a law enforcement officer, probation or parole officer, person employed at a State or local detention facility, firefighter, emergency medical technician, medical responder or emergency department personnel;
- Not have been convicted of an impaired driving offense within 3 years prior to the date on which the application is submitted;
- Not have had judgment continued for or free on bond or personal recognizance pending trial, appeal or sentencing for a disqualifying criminal offense;
- Not currently be or has not been adjudicated or administratively determined to be lacking mental capacity or mentally ill;
After all that, then I have to make sure I’m in full compliance with all the federal requirements.