Chicago has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. It’s also the murder capital of the United States. In the past 10 years more Americans have been murdered in Chicago than killed in the Afghanistan war.
In a city where it is illegal to buy a handgun, the bad guys have no trouble getting them. More than three-quarters of the 4,797 homicides were committed with a handgun. A rifle, e.g. an AR-15, was used less than 1% of the time.
Compared to Chicago, Afghanistan is relatively peaceful. 2,166 Americans were killed.
Less than a mile from President Obama’s Chicago home, an innocent teenager was one of the more recent homicides. With her death Chicago’s January has had more murders than any other January in more than a decade.
52 Percent of Americans Say Sandy Hook Is Being Exploited for Political Gain. 70 percent of 18-24 year-olds and 58 percent of 25-34 year-olds say “assault weapons should be allowed.” Just 27 percent of Americans say the 1994 federal assault weapons ban would’ve helped avoid the tragedy if it were still in place. Over two-thirds, 67 percent, say the ban would not have helped avoid the shooting.
What started out as a routine gun buy-back program by police, turned into an impromptu gun show as gun collectors worked the crowd offering cash for collectible guns. The police chief, wasn’t happy but admitted it’s perfectly legal for private individuals to buy and sell guns. One gun buyer replied, “I’m still taking the guns off the streets; they’re just going in my safe.”
SPEAKING OF IDEAS THAT THE GOP COULD OFFER, I think a series of legislative proposals aimed at implementing promises Obama made in 2008 would be fun and politically profitable: Cutting the deficit in half, closing the revolving door between government and business (my USA Today column this week will be on that one), implementing greater transparency, etc. Just send one bill after another over to the Senate. . . .
Bobby Jindal gave a superb speech to the Republican National Committee meeting in Charlotte, NC, last Thursday. Here are some extracts:
America is not the federal government.
In fact, America is not much about government at all. In America, government is one of those things you have to have, but you sure don’t want too much of it…kind of like your in-laws.
At present we have one party that wants to be in charge of the federal government so they can expand it, and one party that wants to be in charge of the federal government so they can get it under control.
It’s a terrible debate, it’s a debate fought entirely on our opponents’ terms.
In addition to Washington, there are a bunch of outlying areas we call states, but they are pretty much just adjuncts of the federal government.
This is not the idea of America. But…this is what America will become if we do not reorient our way of thinking right away.
We also must face one more cold hard fact – Washington is so dysfunctional that any budget proposal based on fiscal sanity will be deemed ‘not-serious’ by the media, it will fail in the Senate, and it won’t even make it to the President’s desk where it would be vetoed anyway.
The truth is nothing serious is deemed serious in Washington.
Instead of worrying about managing government, it’s time for us to address how we can lead America… to a place where she can once again become the land of opportunity, where she can once again become a place of growth and opportunity.
If our end goal is to simply better manage the disaster that is the federal government, count me out, I’m not signing up for that. It’s not a goal worth attaining.
Which of you wants to sign up to help manage the slow decline of the United States of America? I sure don’t. That’s what we have Democrats for.
We must lay out the contrast between liberalism’s top-down government solutions and our Bottom-Up real world philosophy.
We believe in creating abundance, not redistributing scarcity.
When it comes to education — let the Democrats extoll the virtues of our hopelessly antiquated one-size-fits-all factory schools where the child follows the dollars.
Meanwhile, let us feature the success of child-centered education solutions that meet the needs of the digital age, education where the dollars follow the child.
No, the Republican Party does not need to change our principles…but we might need to change just about everything else we do.
We must stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican party that talks like adults. It’s time for us to articulate our plans and visions for America in real terms. We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. We’ve had enough of that.
We must quit “big.” We are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, or big anything. We must not be the party that simply protects the well off so they can keep their toys. We have to be the party that shows all Americans how they can thrive. We are the party whose ideas will help the middle class, and help more folks join the middle class. We are a populist party and need to make that clear.
We can either go down the Government path or the American path.
We believe freedom incentivizes ordinary people to do extraordinary things and that makes America an exceptional nation.
The genius of America is that our strength and power and growth come from the individual actions of our people.
We must shift the eye line and the ambition of our conservative movement away from managing government and toward the mission of growth.
Related: Gov. Jindal delivered a great speech to the Republican Party’s winter meeting Thursday that bears reading in full. Jindal sets up our current politics as a war of two ways of thinking: the American Way and the Government Way. Down the American Way lies prosperity through individual liberty, entrepreneurship, and limited government. Down the Government Way lies more central control over more of our lives coming at Americans from Washington. Republicans should be the party of the American Way, while Democrats are already the party of the Government Way.
This is an interesting article about how one Republican lost badly in 2008, regrouped, then came back to win decisively in 2012. He didn’t change his positions but he did work on how he articulated them. He ran a smarter race, started earlier, and worked harder.
McCrory stayed on message – jobs and the economy – and refused to get sidetracked into issues such as abortion. He is all for an Hispanic outreach. But he reminds: “They want to hear about jobs and the economy, too.”
Nationally and here in New Hampshire, Republicans might learn from what McCrory did.