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Drug Cartels and Gun Control

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 23, 2013

Last week the carnage in Chicago continued with 13 people including a three-year-old boy being wounded in a late night shooting in a park.  According to eyewitnesses, dreadlocked men in a car started spraying a Back of the Yards neighborhood park with bullets.  Initial reports attributed the attack to be related to gang violence.

Chicago has become the murder capital of the United States with homicides exceeding 500 during 2012.  This latest Chicago shooting followed Labor Day weekend shootings that resulted in the death of eight with more than 20 wounded.

The City of Chicago has responded to the violence by increasing police presence in various neighborhoods, including Back of the Yards.  This required $57 million of overtime pay for police officers during the first half of 2013.  However, while these actions have met with some success, last week shooting is evidence that more is required.

The causes and reasons behind the violence occurring in the United States are more complicated than any one issue.  A realistic discussion on these issues is held hostage to special interests and political correctness.  Progressives on the Left tend to focus on simple answers, such as poverty and gun control.  This approach is a convenient excuse to avoid important issues that include violence glorified in the media and modern music, the breakup of the family, and drugs.  In addition, there are special interests including the social services and legal industries that gain financially from the current status.

President Obama and his allies on the Left often use violent tragedies to forward their political agenda of gun control.  While guns are a legitimate issue for discussion concerning violence, the fact that the Left focuses so heavily on this one issue with near silence on others is an indication that they have another agenda that goes beyond the subject of violence.

The NRA is often looked at as the spokesman for those concerned with Second Amendment rights.  While this Blog does not agree with some of the positions they take, their position on protecting our rights under the Second Amendment should be important to all Americans.  History has shown that when governments encroach on individual rights, that slippery slope leads to bad places.

On the issue of Chicago violence, James W. Porter II wrote an op-ed in the American Rifleman, posted below.  Given the relationship of a powerful Mexican drug cartel in Chicago’s gang violence, is remarkable that President. Obama proffers the view that some form of gun control will limit these vicious gangs from obtaining firearms.  Either the President is naïve or his gun control focus as another agenda.

Obama’s Meanest Streets

James W. Porter II, American Rifleman

The Chicago Crime Commission has named the head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, as the city’s “Public Enemy Number 1.”

At the same time, President Barack Obama brought his gun-ban road show to Chicago citing the daily bloodletting on the meanest streets in America with 502 murders last year as a reason for pushing his agenda on the rest of America.

Centered around “universal background checks,” his scheme creates national gun owner registration—the key to future confiscation.

Obama’s gun-ban nightmare for Americans is also the top item on the agenda of his political campaign turned presidential grassroots-lobby, Organizing for Action (OFA), with its highly sophisticated 15 million member political contributor list, cranking out emails demanding his “commonsense” gun-ban restrictions.

Americans are being told we must pay the price—with our loss of Second Amendment rights and liberty—for Chicago’s obscene daily grind of violence fed by a Mexican world-class bandit.

So who is Chicago’s new Public Enemy Number 1?  Guzman is a billionaire Mexican crime boss operating one of the world’s biggest criminal profit centers from his base in Sinaloa, Mexico.

According to a Forbes.com profile: “It is estimated that El Chapo controls at least 60,000 square km (23,000 square miles) of rugged mountains in Sinaloa and Durango.  You’d need 100,000 soldiers surrounding the area and even then I’m not sure you’d succeed [in capturing him].”

That’s the number of street-gang “soldiers” Guzman has in Chicago alone.  If Guzman’s nickname translates to “Shorty,” his army of armed gang criminals are called “shorties.”

A June 20, 2013, Guardian Express article says: “The cartel is primarily involved in the smuggling and distribution of Colombian cocaine, Mexican marijuana, methamphetamine and Mexican and Southeast Asian heroin into the United States.

“From their location in [Chicago’s] ‘Little Village,’ the Cartel wholesales their drugs to local street gangs.  The city of Chicago has documented over 120,000 gang members.  One gang, ‘The Gangster Disciples,’ works with the Cartel. From this location alone, they distribute two metric tons a month.”

Forbes.com February 18, 2013 coverage of this public enemy said Guzman “is responsible for up to 90 percent of all the drugs on the street, bringing in over $1.8 billion in ill-gotten cash.”

NBC News touted the president’s “push for stricter gun laws” reporting “Obama pointed to recent incidences of violence, including the murder of Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago teenager who was gunned down shortly after performing with classmates in Obama’s second inaugural parade.”

But thedailybeast.com described the senseless truth about that 15-year-old girl’s tragic death: “The real public enemy No. 1 in Chicago has 100,000 young faces. … It is these shorties who are committing most of the mayhem in the city. …

 “In the Pendleton case, two young men from the SUWU gang were allegedly seeking retribution for attacks by members of the 46-Terror gang.  The two SUWU shorties opened fire on what they mistook for rival shorties in a park, huddled under a canopy during a rainstorm.  The targets were in fact a group of eminently blameless teens who had just taken final exams.  There was no shelter from the bullets, and Pendleton fell fatally wounded.”

There isn’t one single thing in the Obama-Bloomberg “commonsense” agenda that would have prevented this senseless crime.

Yet there are three powers possessed by the president that might have prevented her death: enforcement of felony provisions of federal fi rearm laws that can be used to surgically remove armed criminals, gang members and drug dealers from society.  Prison terms under those laws are harsh and certain.  But Chicago ranks 90th—at the very bottom of U.S. federal judicial districts for prosecution.  And then there are racketeering statutes that could root out gang power.  And there is closing the southern border to cartel drug smugglers, something the administration refuses to do.

As the president and his minions refuse to enforce ample laws against Guzman’s army in Chicago, the daily toll in death and mayhem, and in fear and terror for ordinary Chicagoans, simply drones on.

The Second Amendment and law-abiding Americans are not the blame for this carnage.  The blame lies with those who are not aggressively attacking criminals and getting them off the street for good.

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