From Present to President

Figures all you have to add is “id”. (Obama always had the ego).

Obama voted “present” on 1999 Illinois law to crack down on school shooters

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides for adult criminal prosecution of a minor at least 15 years of age who is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm committed in a school, on the real property comprising a school, within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising a school, at a school-related activity, or on or within 1,000 feet of a conveyance owned, leased, or contracted by a school or school district to transport students to or from school or a school-related activity.

Got that? The law merely lowers the age of adult prosecution to age 15 for anyone who shoots at or near a school. You want to take a minute to think about it? G’ahead.

Obama still can’t decide—in perpetuity:

As Rush noted today, it’s not like kids don’t get shot in Chicago, the district state senator Obama represented.

The teenage death rate by virtue of guns in Chicago is dwarfing what happened at Newtown. We’re talking 500-a-year, minimum, in Chicago. Where is the media? Where is the consciousness raising? Where are the children writing letters from Chicago? Where are those letters? Is Obama receiving them? Does anybody care if it does not happen somewhere in the Northeast? Does nobody care if it’s one or two kids a day instead of 25 or 30 in one day? Does nobody care if it’s black-on-black crime? If white people were shooting the black kids in Chicago, would the media be there?

If gun violence and children at risk because of gun violence is the number one story, then how in the name of Sam Hill can the media not be in Chicago every day? Why doesn’t every media outlet have a Chicago bureau, and why isn’t what’s happening in the Chicago leading the news every night? If the objective is to control guns, if the objective is to control violence, if the objective is to register owners, if the objective is to find out everybody’s got a gun, prevent the sale of certain sizes, types of guns, why isn’t anybody in Chicago?

What about Chicago?

Chicago ended 2012 with 506 homicides, according to an unofficial tally released Tuesday — the first time the city has topped 500 since 2008, and a 16 percent increase over 2011.

Crime experts caution not to read too much into year-to-year increases in homicides, especially since 2011′s and 2010′s 435 homicides were the lowest the city had seen in more than 40 years. But Chicago’s tally in 2012 was the highest since 2008 and the second-highest since 2003.

Although it’s difficult to pinpoint a single cause for last year’s increase, statistics show the biggest spike came in the early part of 2012. Experts and some law enforcement sources believe the unseasonable warmth that hit Chicago during that period contributed to a homicide tally that, through early April, was 66 percent higher than it had been at that point in 2011.

The city was hit especially hard in March — the warmest March on record in Chicago — when it logged 53 homicides, up from 23 in March 2011.

Instead of banning lawfully owned weapons, maybe we should ban mild winters. One would be about as effective as the other.

But how many of the guns used in those homicides were purchased legally? With waiting periods, background checks, and the like? The over/under is one, and I’m taking the under.

And what a horse’s ass Obama is for exploiting children in his dog and pony show yesterday—especially when he was such a coward in the Illinois state senate.

Obama’s past is like Woody Allen’s character Zelig: present for history, yet totally absent from consequence.

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