Some folks don’t realize that in a civilized society, the police exist to protect the criminal class as much as to keep them in check. Because when government can’t or won’t stop criminal behavior, gun owners will step up and enforce the rule of law in order to protect themselves. Unlike the police, the civilians are restrained by common sense, not volumes of rules, procedures – and politics.
In Chicago, regular people try to live and work in a cesspool of violence. Government leaders like Mayor Lori Lightfoot claim to support law enforcement…when it’s politically expedient for her to do that. The rest of the time she’s behind measures to defund the police and reduce the number of cops on the street by 19%.
Prosecutors reject charges against 5 suspects in deadly gang-related gunfight in Austin: ‘It’s just like the Wild West’
Five men linked to a deadly gang-related shootout Friday in Austin were released from custody after prosecutors declined to charge each of them with a pair of felonies, including first-degree murder, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
The brazen mid-morning gunfight, which left one shooter dead and two of the suspects wounded, stemmed from an internal dispute between two factions of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang, according to an internal police report and a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation.
The source said police sought to charge all five suspects with murder and aggravated battery. By Sunday morning, a Chicago police spokeswoman acknowledged the suspects had “been released without charges.”
In a statement later Sunday, Cristina Villareal, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, explained that prosecutors had “determined that the evidence was insufficient to meet our burden of proof to approve felony charges.” Police officials agreed with the decision, Villareal added.
There’s a dirty little secret that the mainstream media outlets just can’t seem to find the time to cover: residents are turning to the Second Amendment to protect themselves from the endemic crime where they live. After all, when seconds count and police are just minutes away — if they’re lucky — and a gun in the hand offers the best personal defense.
Fox News has one story . . .
An 80-year-old man living near Chicago’s O’Hare airport was left “battered” late last month when two intruders knocked on his door and entered his home.
The elderly man was a legal gun owner and managed to fire off a shot, hitting one intruder and sending the other running for cover.
The incident is one of dozens that have played out in the Windy City in recent years. Legally armed citizens are taking matters into their own hands, thwarting attacks and other crimes.
“It’s the reason why you’ve seen the increase in gun sales,” said John Lott, president and founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center. “Because people realize that the police and law enforcement broadly isn’t being allowed — the criminal justice system isn’t being allowed — to go and do its job.
Wirepoints has more detailed coverage.
Ordinary Chicagoans have had it, and you can’t blame them. They’re sick and tired of being victimized by armed criminals and no one seems to be doing anything about it. Increasingly, Chicagoans are taking matters into their own hands. By shooting back, stabbing back, and defending themselves in any way they can. It’s not going to stop as long as city and county officials let the chaos continue.
Chicago’s 67,000 reported major crimes last year were 41 percent higher than in 2021 and already this year they’re up 58 percent. For the 11th-year running, Chicago led the nation in murders in 2022 – with 697. Crime on public transit is also badly out of hand. Making things worse, major crime arrest rates in Chicago averaged just 5 percent. And 400,000 times in 2021 there were no police to respond to high-priority 911 calls. Time and again Chicago under Mayor Lori Lightfoot has resembled the Wild West. It’s no wonder people are protecting themselves forcefully.
Evidence of growing self-defense in Chicago is widespread.
- A legal concealed carry permit holder held a home burglar at gunpoint in Wrigleyville until police arrived. The unemployed offender had been at large on two felony warrants.
- An 80-year-old man on Chicago’s Northwest side used his legally-registered gun to shoot and wound one of a pair of home invaders. The two had to seek treatment at a local hospital and were later arrested and charged. The victim was badly battered and hospitalized in critical care. Without his weapon he might well have been killed. Readiness is all.
- In Austin on the CTA Green Line a would-be armed robber was shot by an intended victim who had a legally registered gun and a concealed carry permit. The suspect was charged with felony armed robbery and felony armed habitual criminal. That means he had at least two prior weapons convictions. Such offenders are routinely set free with little punishment in progressive Cook County. The lesson here? If the criminal justice system won’t protect you, your legal firearm may.
- A man unloading his car in Albany Park was approached by a suspect who threatened him and indicated he had a gun. The vehicle owner pulled his gun and shot at the interloper – who was not injured but was arrested. Anyone engaged in daily routine activities can become a target.
- A pair of alleged car thieves in downtown Chicago shot at a vehicle’s owner, emerging from a hotel. But he was a concealed carry permit holder and shot back, wounding one. The two fled separately and both were later charged with felonies. One for burglary, the other for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. That revolving door in Cook County courts, again.
- A man and boy pulled up to a parked car in the early morning on the West Side and in an armed robbery attempt, one pointed a weapon at the 56-year-old driver who was smoking a cigarette. A concealed carry permit holder, the would-be victim began to wrest control of the gun from the robber and then pulled his own weapon and shot both aggressors. They were later charged.
- A late-night worker at an insurance office in Rogers Park shot an intruder attempting a burglary, who was later apprehended and charged by police. He had four prior felony convictions.
Average Americans know that the only thing that stops bad people with evil in their hearts is a good guy with a gun. Especially when cops are too few or unable to respond. Elected officials in big urban centers have made it clear that “social justice” and “progressive” politics take precedence over public safety or law and order. The more they abdicate their responsibilities, he more the average Joe and Jane will handle these situations for them.