Tag Archive: Crime


Gangster Disciple Calls Out Rahm, Jesse Jackson, On Chicago Violence

 

NOONIE G

 

 

” A former high-ranking member of “Gangster Disciples” street gang, “Noonie G,” has called out the Chicago machine for failing to address the root causes of Chicago violence: the illegal drug trade. Speaking to Breitbart’s Rebel Pundit, he referred to people like Jesse Jackson, Jr., and Al Sharpton as “sympathy pimps,” unleashing a scathing attack on the players who enable the violence to continue–and shield the public from a true understanding of what’s going on…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are Guns the Problem?

 

 

A Page From The 1966 Sears Catalogue

 

 

” Every time there’s a shooting tragedy, there are more calls for gun control. Let’s examine a few historical facts. By 1910, the National Rifle Association had succeeded in establishing 73 NRA-affiliated high-school rifle clubs. The 1911 second edition of the Boy Scout Handbook made qualification in NRA’s junior marksmanship program a prerequisite for obtaining a BSA merit badge in marksmanship. In 1918, the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. established its own Winchester Junior Rifle Corps. The program grew to 135,000 members by 1925. In New York City, gun clubs were started at Boys, Curtis, Commercial, Manual Training and Stuyvesant high schools. With so many guns in the hands of youngsters, did we see today’s level of youth violence?”

 

 

 

 

” What about gun availability? Catalogs and magazines from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s were full of gun advertisements directed to children and parents. For example, “What Every Parent Should Know When a Boy or Girl Wants a Gun” was published by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The 1902 Sears mail-order catalog had 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped. For most of our history, a person could simply walk into a hardware store, virtually anywhere in our country, and buy a gun. Few states bothered to have even age restrictions on buying guns.

 

 

 

 

 

”  Those and other historical facts should force us to ask ourselves: Why — at a time in our history when guns were readily available, when a person could just walk into a store or order a gun through the mail, when there were no FBI background checks, no waiting periods, no licensing requirements — was there not the frequency and kind of gun violence that we sometimes see today, when access to guns is more restricted?

 

 

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California Lawmakers Move To Shield Illegal Immigrants From Deportation

 

 

” Police in California would be prohibited from helping deport some illegal immigrants under a bill being considered by Gov. Jerry Brown, in a proposed change some say would violate federal law.

The so-called Trust Act would bar police from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on a variety of cases. Proponents say the bill is narrowly focused and only applies to those illegal immigrants arrested for minor crimes.

Prosecutors and sheriffs disagree.

“If you or I were victimized by someone stealing our identity, selling drugs in our community, burglarizing our home or embezzling our money, that’s okay? That’s a minor crime under this bill,” complained Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle. “If this law passes, we will not be able to put holds on people who have previously been deported. So someone could be deported one, two, three, four — 10 times and that would not be cause for us to put a hold on them.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Gun Use Is Out Of Control. Shouldn’t The World Intervene?

 

 

” That’s America, we say, as news of the latest massacre breaks – last week it was the slaughter of 12 people by Aaron Alexis at Washington DC’s navy yard – and move on. But what if we no longer thought of this as just a problem for America and, instead, viewed it as an international humanitarian crisis – a quasi civil war, if you like, that calls for outside intervention? As citizens of the world, perhaps we should demand an end to the unimaginable suffering of victims and their families – the maiming and killing of children – just as America does in every new civil conflict around the globe.

The annual toll from firearms in the US is running at 32,000 deaths * and climbing, even though the general crime rate is on a downward path (it is 40% lower than in 1980). If this perennial slaughter doesn’t qualify for intercession by the UN and all relevant NGOs, it is hard to know what does.

 

* This is a bogus number as the FBI Homicide statistics show . In reality the total of ALL homicides annually regardless of method used is less than half of the number cited .

   The author can include suicides if he wants but that is a red herring . The suicide rate has no bearing whatsoever on public safety . In fact there is a strong argument to be made from the libertarian side that a person should have the right to end his/her own life should they so choose , but that’s a matter for a different post .

 

 

 

United States Crime Rates 1960 – 2012
Forcible Aggravated Larceny- Vehicle
Year Population Total Violent Property Murder Rape Robbery assault Burglary Theft Theft
1960 179,323,175 3,384,200 288,460 3,095,700 9,110  17,190 107,840 154,320 912,100 1,855,400 328,200
1961 182,992,000 3,488,000 289,390 3,198,600 8,740  17,220 106,670 156,760 949,600 1,913,000 336,000
1962 185,771,000 3,752,200 301,510 3,450,700 8,530  17,550 110,860 164,570 994,300 2,089,600 366,800
1963 188,483,000 4,109,500 316,970 3,792,500 8,640 17,650 116,470 174,210 1,086,400 2,297,800 408,300
1964 191,141,000 4,564,600 364,220 4,200,400 9,360 21,420 130,390 203,050 1,213,200 2,514,400 472,800
1965 193,526,000 4,739,400 387,390 4,352,000 9,960 23,410 138,690 215,330 1,282,500 2,572,600 496,900
1966 195,576,000 5,223,500 430,180 4,793,300 11,040 25,820 157,990 235,330 1,410,100 2,822,000 561,200
1967 197,457,000 5,903,400 499,930 5,403,500 12,240 27,620 202,910 257,160 1,632,100 3,111,600 659,800
1968 199,399,000 6,720,200 595,010 6,125,200 13,800 31,670 262,840 286,700 1,858,900 3,482,700 783,600
1969 201,385,000 7,410,900 661,870 6,749,000 14,760 37,170 298,850 311,090 1,981,900 3,888,600 878,500
1970 203,235,298 8,098,000 738,820 7,359,200 16,000 37,990 349,860 334,970 2,205,000 4,225,800 928,400
1971 206,212,000 8,588,200 816,500 7,771,700 17,780 42,260 387,700 368,760 2,399,300 4,424,200 948,200
1972 208,230,000 8,248,800 834,900 7,413,900 18,670 46,850 376,290 393,090 2,375,500 4,151,200 887,200
1973 209,851,000 8,718,100 875,910 7,842,200 19,640 51,400 384,220 420,650 2,565,500 4,347,900 928,800
1974 211,392,000 10,253,400 974,720 9,278,700 20,710 55,400 442,400 456,210 3,039,200 5,262,500 977,100
1975 213,124,000 11,292,400 1,039,710 10,252,700 20,510 56,090 470,500 492,620 3,265,300 5,977,700 1,009,600
1976 214,659,000 11,349,700 1,004,210 10,345,500 18,780 57,080 427,810 500,530 3,108,700 6,270,800 966,000
1977 216,332,000 10,984,500 1,029,580 9,955,000 19,120 63,500 412,610 534,350 3,071,500 5,905,700 977,700
1978 218,059,000 11,209,000 1,085,550 10,123,400 19,560 67,610 426,930 571,460 3,128,300 5,991,000 1,004,100
1979 220,099,000 12,249,500 1,208,030 11,041,500 21,460 76,390 480,700 629,480 3,327,700 6,601,000 1,112,800
1980 225,349,264 13,408,300 1,344,520 12,063,700 23,040 82,990 565,840 672,650 3,795,200 7,136,900 1,131,700
1981 229,146,000 13,423,800 1,361,820 12,061,900 22,520 82,500 592,910 663,900 3,779,700 7,194,400 1,087,800
1982 231,534,000 12,974,400 1,322,390 11,652,000 21,010 78,770 553,130 669,480 3,447,100 7,142,500 1,062,400
1983 233,981,000 12,108,600 1,258,090 10,850,500 19,310 78,920 506,570 653,290 3,129,900 6,712,800 1,007,900
1984 236,158,000 11,881,800 1,273,280 10,608,500 18,690 84,230 485,010 685,350 2,984,400 6,591,900 1,032,200
1985 238,740,000 12,431,400 1,328,800 11,102,600 18,980 88,670 497,870 723,250 3,073,300 6,926,400 1,102,900
1986 240,132,887 13,211,869 1,489,169 11,722,700 20,613 91,459 542,775 834,322 3,241,410 7,257,153 1,224,137
1987 242,282,918 13,508,700 1,483,999 12,024,700 20,096 91,110 517,704 855,088 3,236,184 7,499,900 1,288,674
1988 245,807,000 13,923,100 1,566,220 12,356,900 20,680 92,490 542,970 910,090 3,218,100 7,705,900 1,432,900
1989 248,239,000 14,251,400 1,646,040 12,605,400 21,500 94,500 578,330 951,710 3,168,200 7,872,400 1,564,800
1990 248,709,873 14,475,600 1,820,130 12,655,500 23,440 102,560 639,270 1,054,860 3,073,900 7,945,700 1,635,900
1991 252,177,000 14,872,900 1,911,770 12,961,100 24,700 106,590 687,730 1,092,740 3,157,200 8,142,200 1,661,700
1992 255,082,000 14,438,200 1,932,270 12,505,900 23,760 109,060 672,480 1,126,970 2,979,900 7,915,200 1,610,800
1993 257,908,000 14,144,800 1,926,020 12,218,800 24,530 106,010 659,870 1,135,610 2,834,800 7,820,900 1,563,100
1994 260,341,000 13,989,500 1,857,670 12,131,900 23,330 102,220 618,950 1,113,180 2,712,800 7,879,800 1,539,300
1995 262,755,000 13,862,700 1,798,790 12,063,900 21,610 97,470 580,510 1,099,210 2,593,800 7,997,700 1,472,400
1996 265,228,572 13,493,863 1,688,540 11,805,300 19,650 96,250 535,590 1,037,050 2,506,400 7,904,700 1,394,200
1997 267,637,000 13,194,571 1,634,770 11,558,175 18,208 96,153 498,534 1,023,201 2,460,526 7,743,760 1,354,189
1998 270,296,000 12,475,634 1,531,044 10,944,590 16,914 93,103 446,625 974,402 2,329,950 7,373,886 1,240,754
1999 272,690,813 11,634,378 1,426,044 10,208,334 15,522 89,411 409,371 911,740 2,100,739 6,955,520 1,152,075
2000 281,421,906 11,608,072 1,425,486 10,182,586 15,586 90,178 408,016 911,706 2,050,992 6,971,590 1,160,002
2001 285,317,559 11,876,669 1,439,480 10,437,480 16,037 90,863 423,557 909,023 2,116,531 7,092,267 1,228,391
2002 287,973,924 11,878,954 1,423,677 10,455,277 16,229 95,235 420,806 891,407 2,151,252 7,057,370 1,246,646
2003 290,690,788 11,826,538 1,383,676 10,442,862 16,528 93,883 414,235 859,030 2,154,834 7,026,802 1,261,226
2004 293,656,842 11,679,474 1,360,088 10,319,386 16,148 95,089 401,470 847,381 2,144,446 6,937,089 1,237,851
2005 296,507,061 11,565,499 1,390,745 10,174,754 16,740 94,347 417,438 862,220 2,155,448 6,783,447 1,235,859
2006 299,398,484 11,401,511 1,418,043 9,983,568 17,030 92,757 447,403 860,853 2,183,746 6,607,013 1,192,809
2007 301,621,157 11,251,828 1,408,337 9,843,481 16,929 90,427 445,125 855,856 2,176,140 6,568,572 1,095,769
2008 304,374,846 11,160,543 1,392,628 9,767,915 16,442 90,479 443,574 842,134 2,228,474 6,588,046 958,629
2009 307,006,550 10,762,956 1,325,896 9,337,060 15,399 89,241 408,742 812,514 2,203,313 6,338,095 795,652
2010 309,330,219 10,363,873 1,251,248 9,112,625 14,772 85,593 369,089 781,844 2,168,457 6,204,601 739,565
2011 311,587,817 10,258,774 1,206,031 9,052,743 14,661 84,175 354,772 752,423 2,185,140 6,151,095 716,508
2012 313,914,040 10,189,902 1,214,464 8,975,438 14,827 84,376 354,522 760,739 2,103,787 6,150,598 721,053

 

 

 

    As the above chart shows the murder rate peaked in 1980 and has been generally headed downward ever since .

     To simplify matters here are the odds of an American being murdered on a per capita basis from 1960 to the present , decade by decade :

1960 – 1 in 19,684

1970 – 1 in 12,702

1980 – 1 in 9,781

1990 – 1 in 10,610

2000 – 1 in 18,056

2010 – 1 in 20,940

2012 – 1 in 21,172

   While these figures include murder of all kinds and not just firearms deaths the trend is clear . The individual American is safer today than at any time in the past half century . What has changed for the worse is the sensationalism and dishonesty of the mainstream media and it’s creation of the 24 hour news feed .

   The ever present desire for ratings combined with the media becoming more and more of a government handmaiden has created the illusion of a country awash in violence when , in fact , the opposite is the case .

   See for yourself . Below are the crime stats from 1960 through the present on a per capita basis .

United States Crime Index Rates Per 100,000 Inhabitants
Forcible Aggravated Larceny- Vehicle
Year Population Total Violent Property Murder Rape Robbery assault Burglary Theft Theft
1960 179,323,175 1,887.2 160.9 1,726.3 5.1 9.6 60.1 86.1 508.6 1,034.7 183.0
1961 182,992,000 1,906.1 158.1 1,747.9 4.8 9.4 58.3 85.7 518.9 1,045.4 183.6
1962 185,771,000 2,019.8 162.3 1,857.5 4.6 9.4 59.7 88.6 535.2 1,124.8 197.4
1963 188,483,000 2,180.3 168.2 2,012.1 4.6 9.4 61.8 92.4 576.4 1,219.1 216.6
1964 191,141,000 2,388.1 190.6 2,197.5 4.9 11.2 68.2 106.2 634.7 1,315.5 247.4
1965 193,526,000 2,449.0 200.2 2,248.8 5.1 12.1 71.7 111.3 662.7 1,329.3 256.8
1966 195,576,000 2,670.8 220.0 2,450.9 5.6 13.2 80.8 120.3 721.0 1,442.9 286.9
1967 197,457,000 2,989.7 253.2 2,736.5 6.2 14.0 102.8 130.2 826.6 1,575.8 334.1
1968 199,399,000 3,370.2 298.4 3,071.8 6.9 15.9 131.8 143.8 932.3 1,746.6 393.0
1969 201,385,000 3,680.0 328.7 3,351.3 7.3 18.5 148.4 154.5 984.1 1,930.9 436.2
1970 203,235,298 3,984.5 363.5 3,621.0 7.9 18.7 172.1 164.8 1,084.9 2,079.3 456.8
1971 206,212,000 4,164.7 396.0 3,768.8 8.6 20.5 188.0 178.8 1,163.5 2,145.5 459.8
1972 208,230,000 3,961.4 401.0 3,560.4 9.0 22.5 180.7 188.8 1,140.8 1,993.6 426.1
1973 209,851,000 4,154.4 417.4 3,737.0 9.4 24.5 183.1 200.5 1,222.5 2,071.9 442.6
1974 211,392,000 4,850.4 461.1 4,389.3 9.8 26.2 209.3 215.8 1,437.7 2,489.5 462.2
1975 213,124,000 5,298.5 487.8 4,810.7 9.6 26.3 220.8 231.1 1,532.1 2,804.8 473.7
1976 214,659,000 5,287.3 467.8 4,819.5 8.7 26.6 199.3 233.2 1,448.2 2,921.3 450.0
1977 216,332,000 5,077.6 475.9 4,601.7 8.8 29.4 190.7 247.0 1,419.8 2,729.9 451.9
1978 218,059,000 5,140.4 497.8 4,642.5 9.0 31.0 195.8 262.1 1,434.6 2,747.4 460.5
1979 220,099,000 5,565.5 548.9 5,016.6 9.8 34.7 218.4 286.0 1,511.9 2,999.1 505.6
1980 225,349,264 5,950.0 596.6 5,353.3 10.2 36.8 251.1 298.5 1,684.1 3,167.0 502.2
1981 229,146,000 5,858.2 594.3 5,263.8 9.8 36.0 258.7 289.7 1,649.5 3,139.7 474.7
1982 231,534,000 5,603.7 571.1 5,032.5 9.1 34.0 238.9 289.1 1,488.8 3,084.9 458.9
1983 233,981,000 5,175.0 537.7 4,637.3 8.3 33.7 216.5 279.2 1,337.7 2,869.0 430.8
1984 236,158,000 5,031.3 539.2 4,492.1 7.9 35.7 205.4 290.2 1,263.7 2,791.3 437.1
1985 238,740,000 5,207.1 556.6 4,650.5 8.0 37.1 208.5 302.9 1,287.3 2,901.2 462.0
1986 240,132,887 5,480.4 620.1 4,881.8 8.6 38.1 226.0 347.4 1,349.8 3,022.1 509.8
1987 243,400,000 5,550.0 609.7 4,940.3 8.3 37.4 212.7 351.3 1,329.6 3,081.3 529.5
1988 245,807,000 5,664.2 637.2 5,027.1 8.4 37.6 220.9 370.2 1,309.2 3,134.9 582.9
1989 248,239,000 5,741.0 663.1 5,077.9 8.7 38.1 233.0 383.4 1,276.3 3,171.3 630.4
1990 248,709,873 5,820.3 731.8 5,088.5 9.4 41.2 257.0 424.1 1,235.9 3,194.8 657.8
1991 252,177,000 5,897.8 758.1 5,139.7 9.8 42.3 272.7 433.3 1,252.0 3,228.8 658.9
1992 255,082,000 5,660.2 757.5 4,902.7 9.3 42.8 263.6 441.8 1,168.2 3,103.0 631.5
1993 257,908,000 5,484.4 746.8 4,737.7 9.5 41.1 255.9 440.3 1,099.2 3,032.4 606.1
1994 260,341,000 5,373.5 713.6 4,660.0 9.0 39.3 237.7 427.6 1,042.0 3,026.7 591.3
1995 262,755,000 5,274.9 684.5 4,591.3 8.2 37.1 220.9 418.3 987.1 3,043.8 560.4
1996 265,284,000 5,087.6 636.6 4,451.0 7.4 36.3 201.9 390.9 945.0 2,980.3 525.7
1997 267,637,000 4,927.3 611.0 4,316.3 6.8 35.9 186.1 382.1 919.6 2,891.8 505.7
1998 270,296,000 4,615.5 566.4 4,049.1 6.3 34.4 165.2 360.5 862.0 2,728.1 459.0
1999 272,690,813 4,266.5 523.0 3,743.6 5.7 32.8 150.1 334.3 770.4 2,550.7 422.5
2000 281,421,906 4,124.8 506.5 3,618.3 5.5 32.0 145.0 324.0 728.8 2,477.3 412.2
2001 285,317,559 4,162.6 504.5 3,658.1 5.6 31.8 148.5 318.6 741.8 2,485.7 430.5
2002 287,973,924 4,125.0 494.4 3,630.6 5.6 33.1 146.1 309.5 747.0 2,450.7 432.9
2003 290,690,788 4,067.0 475.8 3,591.2 5.7 32.3 142.5 295.4 741.0 2,416.5 433.7
2004 293,656,842 3,977.3 463.2 3,514.1 5.5 32.4 136.7 288.6 730.3 2,362.3 421.5
2005 296,507,061 3,900.5 469.0 3,431.5 5.6 31.8 140.8 290.8 726.9 2,287.8 416.8
2006 299,398,484 3,808.1 473.6 3,334.5 5.7 30.9 149.4 287.5 729.4 2,206.8 398.4
2007 301,621,157 3,730.4 466.9 3,263.5 5.6 30.0 147.6 283.8 722.5 2,177.8 363.3
2008 304,374,846 3,669.0 457.5 3,211.5 5.4 29.7 145.7 276.7 732.1 2,167.0 314.7
2009 307,006,550 3,465.5 431.9 3,036.1 5.0 29.1 133.1 264.7 717.7 2,064.5 259.2
2010 309,330,219 3,350.4 404.5 2,945.9 4.8 27.7 119.3 252.8 701.0 2,005.8 239.1
2011 311,587,817 3,292.5 387.1 2,905.4 4.7 27.0 113.9 241.5 701.3 1,974.1 230.0
2012 313,914,040 3,246.1 386.9 2,859.2 4.7 26.9 112.9 242.3 670.2 1,959.3 229.7

   A quick review of the above table reveals that the rates for violent crime , property crime , rape ,robbery , larceny and auto theft all peaked in 1991 . The rates for murder and burglary peaked in 1980 and assault in 1992 . 

   The Statists control the “bully pulpit” and thus would have us believe that we are under siege and in need of an armed intervention . It all boils down to Rahm Emanuel’s ” never let a crisis go to waste ” statement with the added caveat that if there is no crisis , manufacture one .

 

   Here is additional food for thought . 

Murder Rates By Country

 

UNODC murder rates most recent year (full table here)
Country Rate Count Region Subregion
Burundi 21.7 1,726 Africa Eastern Africa
Comoros 12.2 85 Africa Eastern Africa
Djibouti 3.4 29 Africa Eastern Africa
Eritrea 17.8 879 Africa Eastern Africa
Ethiopia 25.5 20,239 Africa Eastern Africa
Kenya 20.1 7,733 Africa Eastern Africa
Madagascar 8.1 1,588 Africa Eastern Africa
Malawi 36.0 5,039 Africa Eastern Africa
Mauritius 2.5 33 Africa Eastern Africa
Mozambique 8.8 1,925 Africa Eastern Africa
Rwanda 17.1 1,708 Africa Eastern Africa
Seychelles 8.3 7 Africa Eastern Africa
Somalia 1.5 138+ Africa Eastern Africa
Uganda 36.3 11,373 Africa Eastern Africa
Tanzania 24.5 10,357 Africa Eastern Africa
Zambia 38.0 4,710 Africa Eastern Africa
Zimbabwe 14.3 1,775 Africa Eastern Africa
Angola 19.0 3,426 Africa Middle Africa
Cameroon 19.7 3,700 Africa Middle Africa
Central African Republic 29.3 1,240 Africa Middle Africa
Chad 15.8 1,686 Africa Middle Africa
Congo 30.8 1,180 Africa Middle Africa
Democratic Republic of the Congo 21.7 13,558 Africa Middle Africa
Equatorial Guinea 20.7 137 Africa Middle Africa
São Tomé and Príncipe 1.9 3 Africa Middle Africa
Gabon 13.8 200 Africa Middle Africa
Algeria 1.5 516 Africa Northern Africa
Egypt 1.2 992 Africa Northern Africa
Libya 2.9 176+ Africa Northern Africa
Morocco 1.4 447 Africa Northern Africa
Sudan 24.2 10,028++ Africa Northern Africa
Tunisia 1.1 117 Africa Northern Africa
Botswana 14.5 287 Africa Southern Africa
Lesotho 35.2 764 Africa Southern Africa
Namibia 17.2 352 Africa Southern Africa
South Africa 31.8 15,940 Africa Southern Africa
Swaziland 12.9 141 Africa Southern Africa
Benin 15.1 1,262 Africa Western Africa
Burkina Faso 18.0 2,876 Africa Western Africa
Cape Verde 11.6 56 Africa Western Africa
Ivory Coast 56.9 10,801 Africa Western Africa
Gambia 10.8 106 Africa Western Africa
Ghana 15.7 3,646 Africa Western Africa
Guinea 22.5 2,152 Africa Western Africa
Guinea-Bissau 20.2 294 Africa Western Africa
Liberia 10.1 371 Africa Western Africa
Mali 8.0 1,157 Africa Western Africa
Mauritania 14.7 485 Africa Western Africa
Niger 3.8 552 Africa Western Africa
Nigeria 12.2 18,422 Africa Western Africa
Senegal 8.7 1,027 Africa Western Africa
Sierra Leone 14.9 837 Africa Western Africa
Togo 10.9 627 Africa Western Africa
Anguilla 6.8 1 Americas Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda 6.8 6 Americas Caribbean
Bahamas 27.4 94 Americas Caribbean
Barbados 11.3 31 Americas Caribbean
British Virgin Islands 8.6 2 Americas Caribbean
Cayman Islands 8.4 5 Americas Caribbean
Cuba 5.0 563 Americas Caribbean
Dominica 22.1 15 Americas Caribbean
Dominican Republic 25.0 2,513 Americas Caribbean
Grenada 11.5 12 Americas Caribbean
Guadeloupe 7.0 32 Americas Caribbean
Haiti 6.9 689 Americas Caribbean
Jamaica 40.9 1,125 Americas Caribbean
Martinique 4.2 17 Americas Caribbean
Montserrat 19.7 1 Americas Caribbean
 Puerto Rico 26.2 983 Americas Caribbean
Saint Kitts and Nevis 38.2 20 Americas Caribbean
Saint Lucia 25.2 44 Americas Caribbean
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 22.9 25 Americas Caribbean
Trinidad and Tobago 35.2 472 Americas Caribbean
Turks and Caicos Islands 8.7 3 Americas Caribbean
U.S. Virgin Islands 39.2 43 Americas Caribbean
Belize 41.4 129 Americas Central America
Costa Rica 10.0 474 Americas Central America
El Salvador 69.2 4,308 Americas Central America
Guatemala 38.5 5,681 Americas Central America
Honduras 91.6 7,104 Americas Central America
Mexico 23.7 27,199+ Americas Central America
Nicaragua 12.6 738 Americas Central America
Panama 21.6 759 Americas Central America
Bermuda 12.3 8 Americas Northern America
Canada 1.6 554 Americas Northern America
United States 4.8 14,748 Americas Northern America
Argentina 3.4 1,360 Americas South America
Bolivia 8.9 884 Americas South America
Brazil 21.0 40,974 Americas South America
Chile 3.7 639 Americas South America
Colombia 31.4 14,746+ Americas South America
Ecuador 18.2 2,638 Americas South America
French Guiana 13.3 30 Americas South America
Guyana 18.6 140 Americas South America
Paraguay 11.5 741 Americas South America
Peru 10.3 2,969 Americas South America
Suriname 4.6 24 Americas South America
Uruguay 5.9 199 Americas South America
Venezuela 45.1 13,080 Americas South America
Kazakhstan 8.8 1,418 Asia Central Asia
Kyrgyzstan 20.1 1,072 Asia Central Asia
Tajikistan 2.1 143 Asia Central Asia
Turkmenistan 4.2 203 Asia Central Asia
Uzbekistan 3.1 831 Asia Central Asia
China 1.0 13,410 Asia Eastern Asia
Taiwan 3.2 743 Asia Eastern Asia
North Korea 15.2 3,658 Asia Eastern Asia
Hong Kong 0.2 17 Asia Eastern Asia
Japan 0.4 506 Asia Eastern Asia
Macau 0.7 4 Asia Eastern Asia
Mongolia 8.7 239 Asia Eastern Asia
South Korea[note 1][note 2] 2.6 1,251 Asia Eastern Asia
Brunei 0.5 2 Asia South-Eastern Asia
Cambodia 3.4 448 Asia South-Eastern Asia
Indonesia 8.1 18,963 Asia South-Eastern Asia
Laos 4.6 279 Asia South-Eastern Asia
Malaysia 2.3 604 Asia South-Eastern Asia
Myanmar 10.2 4,800 Asia South-Eastern Asia
Philippines 5.4 4,947 Asia South-Eastern Asia
Singapore 0.3 16 Asia South-Eastern Asia
Thailand 4.8 3,307 Asia South-Eastern Asia
Timor-Leste 6.9 75 Asia South-Eastern Asia
Vietnam 1.6 1,346 Asia South-Eastern Asia
Afghanistan 2.4 712+ Asia Southern Asia
Bangladesh 2.7 3,988 Asia Southern Asia
Bhutan 1.0 7 Asia Southern Asia
India 3.5 42,923+ Asia Southern Asia
Iran 3.0 2,215 Asia Southern Asia
Maldives 1.6 5 Asia Southern Asia
Nepal 2.8 818 Asia Southern Asia
Pakistan 7.8 13,860+ Asia Southern Asia
Sri Lanka 3.6 745 Asia Southern Asia
Armenia 1.4 44 Asia Western Asia
Azerbaijan 2.2 206 Asia Western Asia
Bahrain 0.6 6 Asia Western Asia
Cyprus 1.7 19 Asia Western Asia
Iraq 2.0 608+ Asia Western Asia
Israel 2.1 159+ Asia Western Asia
Jordan 1.8 100 Asia Western Asia
Kuwait 2.2 59 Asia Western Asia
Lebanon 2.2 95 Asia Western Asia
Palestine 4.1 145+ Asia Western Asia
Oman 0.7 18 Asia Western Asia
Qatar 0.9 13 Asia Western Asia
Saudi Arabia 1.0 265+ Asia Western Asia
Syria 2.3 463+ Asia Western Asia
Turkey 3.3 2,320 Asia Western Asia
United Arab Emirates 0.8 39 Asia Western Asia
Yemen 4.2 990+ Asia Western Asia
Belarus 4.9 473 Europe Eastern Europe
Bulgaria 2.0 147 Europe Eastern Europe
Czech Republic 1.7 181 Europe Eastern Europe
Georgia 4.3 187 Europe Eastern Europe
Hungary 1.3 133 Europe Eastern Europe
Poland 1.1 436 Europe Eastern Europe
Moldova 7.5 267 Europe Eastern Europe
Romania 2.0 421 Europe Eastern Europe
Russia 10.2 14,574 Europe Eastern Europe
Slovakia 1.5 84 Europe Eastern Europe
Ukraine 5.2 2,356 Europe Eastern Europe
Denmark 0.9 47 Europe Northern Europe
Estonia 5.2 70 Europe Northern Europe
Finland 2.2 118 Europe Northern Europe
Greenland 19.2 11 Europe Northern Europe
Iceland 0.3 1 Europe Northern Europe
Ireland 1.2 54 Europe Northern Europe
Latvia 3.1 70 Europe Northern Europe
Lithuania 6.6 219 Europe Northern Europe
Norway 0.6 29 Europe Northern Europe
Sweden 1.0 91 Europe Northern Europe
United Kingdom 1.2 722 Europe Northern Europe
Albania 4.0 127 Europe Southern Europe
Andorra 1.3 1 Europe Southern Europe
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.5 56 Europe Southern Europe
Croatia 1.4 62 Europe Southern Europe
Greece 1.5 176 Europe Southern Europe
Italy 0.9 529 Europe Southern Europe
Malta 1.0 4 Europe Southern Europe
Montenegro 3.5 22 Europe Southern Europe
Portugal 1.2 124 Europe Southern Europe
Serbia 1.2 123 Europe Southern Europe
Slovenia 0.7 15 Europe Southern Europe
Spain 0.8 390 Europe Southern Europe
Macedonia 1.9 40 Europe Southern Europe
Austria 0.6 56 Europe Western Europe
Belgium 1.7 180 Europe Western Europe
France 1.1 682 Europe Western Europe
Germany 0.8 690 Europe Western Europe
Liechtenstein 2.8 1 Europe Western Europe
Luxembourg 2.5 12 Europe Western Europe
Monaco 0.0 0 Europe Western Europe
Netherlands 1.1 179 Europe Western Europe
Switzerland 0.7 52 Europe Western Europe
Australia 1.0 229 Oceania Australasia
New Zealand 0.9 39 Oceania Australasia
Fiji 2.8 23 Oceania Melanesia
Papua New Guinea 13.0 854 Oceania Melanesia
Solomon Islands 3.7 19 Oceania Melanesia
Vanuatu 0.9 2 Oceania Melanesia
Guam 0.6 1 Oceania Micronesia
Kiribati 7.3 7 Oceania Micronesia
Federated States of Micronesia 0.9 1 Oceania Micronesia
Nauru 9.8 1 Oceania Micronesia
Palau 0.0 0 Oceania Micronesia
French Polynesia 0.4 1 Oceania Polynesia
Samoa 1.1 2 Oceania Polynesia
Tonga 1.0 1 Oceania Polynesia

 

    According to the above table virtually ALL of  Eastern Europe , South America , Africa and Asia have drastically higher murder rates than the US yet we don’t hear any calls for intervention there . In closing we would say ” Mind Your Own Damn Business ” . We have a handle on our crime rates . Find someone who doesn’t and offer your ideas to them . 

   Perhaps you should take a look out your window Mr Porter .

 

 

 

Further Reading : Violent crime rates: United Kingdom versus the United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayors Jumping Ship From “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” Following Scandals and Organization’s Overreach

” We’ve reported on numerous scandals plaguing Mayors Against Illegal Guns in recent weeks.

  Now, according to a report on Buzz Feed, numerous mayors are abandoning the organization, and new mayors are more hestitant to join the group than in the past.

  According to Buzz Feed,

” According to an old version of its member list, saved on a blog dated back to late February, more than 50 mayors who were then listed on MAIG’s website are no longer there. Most of the mayors whose names are no longer affiliated with the group are off the list either because they resigned or lost an election, but others have specifically asked to be removed.

   At least two mayors, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau of Nashua, NH and the mayor of Rockford, Illinois, Larry Morrissey, left the group earlier this year due to the overreaching and ever expanding anti-gun efforts of the group. Many mayors thought the group’s primary purpose was to keep guns away from criminals, but as the group began to lobby for bans on certain types of weapons, magazine capacity limits and further gun legislation, it has become clear that Michael Bloomberg is using the group to spread his personal, anti-gun politics to other areas of the country.

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In 503 Days Between Trayvon Shooting and Zimmerman Verdict, 10,865 Blacks Murdered by OTHER BLACKS

” Check this out:

To be exact, the shameful truth is that 93% of African-American murders are committed by other African-Americans. That is breathtakingly awful when you consider how incensed the African-American community is about the Trayvon tragedy, no matter what you believe about Zimmerman’s guilt.

Let’s do the gruesome math, not out of morbidity, but because it manifests the incredible self-centered insanity of people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

8,000-9,000 African-Americans are murdered each year.

93% of them by other African-Americans.

That’s 7,905 (from average)

That’s 21.65 murdered each day by other African-Americans.

And these racebaiting culture-hustling microphone-pimps only get riled up when a “White Hispanic” kills an African-American? It’s absolutely shameful.”

TRAYVON MARTIN’S INVOLVEMENT IN LOCAL BURGLARIES COVERED UP BY MEDIA, SCHOOL, POLICE, PROSECUTORS

 

 

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” It was that M-DSPD internal affairs investigation which revealed in October 2011 Trayvon Martin was searched by School Resource Officer, Darryl Dunn. The search of Trayvon Martin’s backpack turned up at least 12 pcs of ladies jewelry, and a man’s watch, in addition to a flat head screwdriver described as “a burglary tool”.

When Trayvon was questioned about who owned the jewelry and where it came from, he claimed he was just holding it for a “friend”. A “friend” he would not name.

On October 21st 2011 a burglary took place a few blocks from Krop Senior High School where Trayvon Martin attended. The stolen property outlined in the Miami-Dade Police Report (PD111021-422483) matches the descriptive presented by SRO Dunn in his School Police report 2011-11477.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHICAGO MURDERS SOAR: 67 SHOT, 11 KILLED OVER JULY 4 WEEKEND–SO FAR

 

 

 

” There were 67 people shot and 11 killed over the long Independence Day weekend in Chicago. Of the 67, eight were shot, with one killed, in a single Saturday evening attack in the West Side neighborhood of Lawndale.

For the 28 days leading up to this past Father’s Day weekend–another bloodbath itself, in which 46 were shot and 8 were killed, including one shot by a police officer–murder numbers matched 2012 exactly with 41. Chicago Police data show that in the two weeks following, another 27 were gunned down and killed.”

Texas Executes 500th Person Since 1982

 

 

 

 

” Fifty-two-year-old Kimberly McCarthy became the 500th person to be executed in Texas on Wednesday. Texas is the first state to reach such a number of executions, since capital punishment’s reinstitution in 1982. 

McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist, had been convicted for the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of her 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth.

Booth, a retired college psychology professor, was attacked by McCarthy in her house in Lancaster, Dallas. McCarthy cut off Booth’s finger in to order to remove her wedding ring, according to authorities.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drug Traffickers Hacked Shipping Systems To Track Large Drug Shipments

 

 

” A group of international cyber investigators from Dutch and Belgian have found massive computer hacking attacks on shipping companies in Belgium’s city of Antwerp conducted by a well organised drug smuggling gang.

During the crack down in May 2013, more then 250 kilograms of containers were seized, containers of bananas filled with 114 kilograms of cocaine were found at the end of  April 2013 in a cargo of wood from Chile which was landed in the Dutch port of Rotterdam.

Police arrested two Belgian IT specialist during the raids along with weapons and cash.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye To The War On Drugs?

 

 

 

 

Nothing spectacular will come out of the meeting, but that doesn’t really matter: at long last Latin America and the United States are officially discussing what presidents and governments could only whisper about until recently. Washington, theoretically opposed to anything that resembles decriminalization, has softened its position in practice. 

The OAS report, which combines a detailed analysis of drug production and of what the illegal trade represents with an account of the state’s response, doesn’t call for anything explicit. It only implies that a change in the approach to drugs could bring about at least partially the results that have eluded the hemisphere thus far. 

What the billions of dollars poured into the drug war have achieved is more violence, corruption and institutional weakness, and therefore less democracy under the rule of law. As always happens when the law is divorced from reality, an empire has emerged outside of the legal framework built on powerful incentives and with so much power that it can never be defeated despite the victories the authorities believe they obtain from time to time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire – Theatrical Trailer

 

 

Published on May 22, 2013

ABOUT ASSAULTED: CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER FIRE:

” “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” — United States Constitution, Amendment II

Newtown school shooting. Aurora theater shooting. Tucson supermarket shooting. 
Are visceral reactions to tragedies trumping the words of our forefathers?
Should we allow fear and the growing concern over public safety to limit our civil liberties?

Dead Patriot Films presents “Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire,” a documentary that brings audiences to the center of the controversy over the issue that is dividing our nation — gun control. The film takes a critical look at current gun laws and the rising movement to restrict the rights guaranteed by our Second Amendment.

With the original intention of empowering a citizenry’s ability to defend themselves against a corrupt or tyrannical government, the concept today may seem farfetched or the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. However, it has happened throughout U.S. history. And long before gun control was positioned as a “common sense measure” to combat violence, it was used as a means to oppress certain minority groups. Presently, the growing trend in gun control favors the wealthy and privileged, who leverage their connections to ensure their Second Amendment rights and safety, while those of lesser means struggle.

Informative and emotionally charged, “Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire” is an eye-opening look at the genesis of the Second Amendment in the Constitution, leading the audience to rethink the issues surrounding gun control, and the affect on civil rights and liberty.

After all, what you don’t know can kill you.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware

 

 

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” National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. Beneath the long-term trend, though, are big differences by decade: Violence plunged through the 1990s, but has declined less dramatically since 2000.

Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew. The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993. Violent non-fatal crime victimization overall (with or without a firearm) also is down markedly (72%) over two decades.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gun Crisis? What Gun Crisis? Part II

 

” It’s not just Pew. This Department of Justice report makes embarrassing reading for those who spend their time trying to make it appear as if America is in the middle of a gun-crime wave. The headlines:

  • Firearm-related homicides declined 39%, from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011. 
  • Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69%, from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 victimizations in 2011. 
  • For both fatal and nonfatal firearm victimizations, the majority of the decline occurred during the 10-year period from 1993 to 2002. 

Visually, the decline is particularly striking:

 

 

 

  Lest you think that category an anomaly : Controlled by race , sex , region , and even non-fatalities doesn’t matter . The trend is the same . Down , down , down . Even school shooting deaths are down 33% since 1993 , despite what the media would have you believe .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Firearms Statistics That Gun Control Advocates Don’t Want to See

 

FBI Gun Stats Show California, Washington, D.C. Rank High in Gun Murders

 

 

 

” To accompany TheBlaze’s coverage of the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston, we figured it could be helpful to share some gun statistics pointed out to us by some of the NRA Convention attendees. Forget the talking points used by both sides in the gun control debate; we’re going to be talking about verified statistics.

Gun control advocates be advised, these are not the statistics you are looking for.

According to data from the FBI’s uniform crime reports, California had the highest number of gun murders in 2011 with 1,220 — which makes up 68 percent of all murders in the state that year and equates to 3.25 murders per 100,000 people. 

In 2011, Utah, the state that the Brady Campaign determined had the least gun control, experienced just 26 gun murders and a firearms murder rate of 0.97. Utah has a population 2.8 million.”

 

 

Read the whole thing .

 

 

 

 

 

Unmarried Motherhood (and Fatherhood) Stats – WTF! Edition

 

 

” The Washington Post had this today:

Overall, 36 percent of all births in the United States were to unmarried mothers in 2011, the year that the census analyzed from answers provided in the American Community Survey…

The census also found that Asian mothers were the least likely to be unmarried, with just 11 percent of new Asian mothers being single. White single mothers also were below the national average, at 29 percent. Among Hispanics, 43 percent of all new mothers were unmarried, as were 68 percent of all African American women who had recently given birth.

The Census Bureau attributed the long-term increase in single mothers in large part to changing norms for sexual behavior and a decrease in marriage rates.

You know that old thing where fathers used to help raise the children they made? So retro! (Unless you’re Asian.)”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is It Really The Gun’s Fault?

 

 

An editorial by high school freshman Alyssa VanLiere

 

” When tragedy strikes, the government’s first act is to blame the incident on someone or something. After the horrific tragedy in Connecticut, the government quickly began blaming guns for the damage that was done and lives that were lost. Soon after that, our entire nation went into an uproar protesting that guns are the reason why people are dying; guns are the true killer. Hardly anyone thought to blame the sick man behind the killings, but went straight to blaming the only thing they could blame … guns.

If the argument today is that guns kill people, then it’s my job as a writer to investigate. During the weekend, I put my family’s shot gun on the front porch, and knowing it has no legs, I set it on a chair so that it may have an open view of what was happening around it. Over the course of a day, UPS dropped off a package, my neighbors walked their dog past our home, and my family and I went in and out of the house taking our dogs and garbage out. At the end of the day I had checked on our shot gun and noticed that it hadn’t been fired, and no one was hurt. It became apparent to me that guns in fact do not kill people. That leaves us with only one thesis: people kill people.

The media regularly twists gun numbers to make gun-related deaths appear predominant over every other type of death in this country. However, a rational examination of how small the percentage of gun-related deaths are when compared to the overall number of deaths in any given year helps one to see through the hype. For example, in 2011 the percent of deaths caused by guns in the U.S. was only about .34 percent. Taking away guns from the law abiding citizens of America will not end the deaths of U.S. citizens, or prevent criminals from getting their hands on them, it will only take away their ability to protect thier homes and families from dangerous situations such as break-ins, or animal attacks.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gangs And Politicians In Chicago: An Unholy Alliance

 

 

A gang member and a politician

 

 

 

“A few months before last February’s citywide elections, Hal Baskin’s phone started ringing. And ringing. Most of the callers were candidates for Chicago City Council, seeking the kind of help Baskin was uniquely qualified to provide.

Baskin isn’t a slick campaign strategist. He’s a former gang leader and, for several decades, a community activist who now operates a neighborhood center that aims to keep kids off the streets. Baskin has deep contacts inside the South Side’s complex network of politicians, community organizations, and street gangs. as he recalls, the inquiring candidates wanted to know: “Who do I need to be talking to so I can get the gangs on board?”

Baskin—who was himself a candidate in the 16th Ward aldermanic race, which he would lose—was happy to oblige. In all, he says, he helped broker meetings between roughly 30 politicians (ten sitting aldermen and 20 candidates for City Council) and at least six gang representatives. That claim is backed up by two other community activists, Harold Davis Jr. and Kublai K. M. Toure, who worked with Baskin to arrange the meetings, and a third participant, also a community activist, who requested anonymity. The gang representatives were former chiefs who had walked away from day-to-day thug life, but they were still respected on the streets and wielded enough influence to mobilize active gang members.”

 

 

 

 

HT/ Instapundit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost Of Illegal Immigration At The State Level

 

 

” Wondering how illegal immigration is affecting your pocket book? While the fiscal burden of illegal immigration on the United States taxpayerswas estimated at $113 billion in 2010, below you will find links to cost summaries for each separate state so that you can see specifically how this is impacting your state.”

 

 

FAIR

 

 

 

 

 

Bomb-Blast Forensics: The First Steps

 

 

 

” Even as the police and doctors treat the wounded, the forensic investigation into the explosions at the Boston Marathon will begin. 

“The forensics start as soon as people realize there’s been an explosion,” says Tom Thurman, of Eastern Kentucky University. 

Thurman knows a lot about bomb investigations. Before his retirement from the FBI in 1998, Thurman was the chief of the FBI Bomb Data Center; he also worked

 Pan American Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland; the bombing deaths of a federal judge in Alabama and an attorney in Georgia, both in 1989; and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. 

The first thing to do is to determine if the explosions were intentional. “What’s there that could spark an accidental explosion?” Thurman asks. If no likely sources for an accidental detonation are found—like a buildup of flammable vapors—the investigators start looking at other evidence. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torture, Murder, and Terror: Three Drug War Programs Your Taxes Pay For

 

 

 

 

” When’s the last time you heard someone argue that we need to raise taxes to fund torture? Or to pay for violent paramilitary raids on peaceful U.S. citizens? Or to incentivize extrajudicial killings carried out by our own government, yes, but also by a neighboring country? Probably never. As every good citizen knows, taxes are for taking care of the poor and the indigent, paying (good) teachers and (good) cops, investing in the future, and making sure the elderly have enough Viagra and cat food to fuel 25 years of post-workforce bingo, golf, and unprotected sex.

But it’s also the case that your taxes pay for unquestionably vile things. Incontrovertibly evil things. Plainly awful things. If you’re finishing up your taxes today, you should know that the U.S. will spend $14.7 billion of next year’s $25.4 billion drug control budget on government-sponsored violence; which means that your tax dollars—even if it’s just a fraction of a cent—will make possible acts of state-sponsored terror, torture, and murder. 

Here are three ways the government is spending your taxes.

 

 

Help Us Remember Aaron Swartz By Participating in Our Week-of-Action, Demanding Congress Reform the CFAA

 

 

 

 

” Today, EFF and a host of organizations across the political spectrum are launching a week-of-action imploring Congress to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—the expansive law used to prosecute the late activist and Internet pioneer Aaron Swartz.

We’re asking Congress for three specific, common-sense fixes to the CFAA, which will bring the outdated law into the 21st Century:

  • No more criminal penalties for violating a website’s fine print or an employee manual

  • No criminal penalties for circumvention techniques that protect privacy and promote security

  • Make penalties proportionate to offenses and stop punishing virtual crimes more harshly than physical world crimes”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UPSTATE NY LAWMAKER: CUOMO’S GUN SNITCH PROGRAM LIKE THE EAST GERMAN STASI

 

 

 

” An upstate New York lawmaker comdemned Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo new program to reward informers helping him enforce the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 his landmark restriction of gun rights.

What was initially designed to be a tip line for citizens to call in suspected criminals in hot pursuit in six urban areas that showed a spike in crime has morphed into an old German Stasi – snitch line,” said Assemblyman William R. Nojay (R – Pittsford).

“I envision SWAT teams descending upon innocent people,” he said.

“Rat out your neighbor, rat out your co-worker, rat out the parents at your child’s school and receive a $500 cash payment for any call leading to an arrest or conviction,” said Nojay, an attorney and radio talk show host.”

 

 

 

 

Infographic: The Value of a Well-Armed Citizenry