A man was shot and critically wounded early Saturday in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. At 3:47 a.m., the 20-year-old suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen, back, arm and buttocks in the 5800 block of West Waveland, according to Chicago Police.
I could not have said it better myself. There's a name for people who disagree with our 2nd Amendment and what it is meant. That name is VICTIM. I refuse to be a Victim of a tyrannical government, or people who have no regard for my life or my family.
Mute, I muted you a while back from another thread, apparently. That being said, I "took the bait" and peered under the hood. So you're suggesting that guns are not the problem and we should eliminate males and blacks from... the city? the population?
Would future human life just be spawned via cryogenically frozen spermatozoa? I'm a little fuzzy on this solution of yours. Then again, it's probably why I heeded your advice and muted you long ago. Either way, I am a strong advocate of less killing off of the human race - I know, we've done a lot of terrible things and are, by far, the most ferocious predator on the planet. But I still feel we possess the capability of doing things that are GOOD for one another. I'm going to be sure to do something GOOD for a stranger today in an effort to offset this desire to cause harm to others that is being expressed by some in this thread. But... best of luck with your genocide!
Tami, what's your fix? Please tell us what un-constitutional gun law would create your imaginary safe world. Exactly which one of those laws will the thugs abide by? Are you going to eliminate every firearm from the planet? If not, you are the one who is clueless. Assuming your are a citizen, you inherited an awesome responsibility to preserve liberty for all future generations. You should really educate yourself on the history of our Constitution and take that responsibility seriously. There was a time not long ago when no one batted an eye at gun ownership. Even schools had gun clubs. Funny, I don't recall mass shootings or accidental shootings being a problem. Maybe you should focus on the real problems, which are many, instead of focusing on my God given right to protect myself however I choose. Go take an intro to gun safety class. You might get over your fear.
Why not? You're already DEVOID of common sense and a grasp of the meaning of the words LITERAL, SARCASM and FACETIOUS. Stick with the music industry, I'm sure you have lots of support from your fellow musicians. Party on Garth!
So much anger there. I hope your children don't have to suffer through your condescension as well. I am well aware of how words work but thanks for pointing out what you feel I need to work on in life (<-- see? I have a grasp of sarcasm! I'm LEARNING!)
No anger at all, just bewilderment that you mistook mutes comment, for his actual feelings on the subject matter. It confuses me even more that you took time to chastise his obvious facetious remark.
As far as my children, both sons doing well, one in college the other in the Marines. Both following the example of their father, who both served in the Military and then went on to earn his degree in Network Engineering. So I would say they not only respected the way they were raised, they also benefitted and used it to excel in life.
Also - while we're learning more about one another: it's development that is really key for me to "stick with" as you put it. While music is (and always will be!) my passion, technology is where the money is and is the means for providing my niceties in life. I suppose you could say that one of my professions earns the money that the other one demands. I enjoy the yin/yang of the 2 in my life!
It wasn't meant to ridicule as much as pointing out the obvious. I personally thought you knew he was being facetious, but just wanted to make fun of the person, to make it sound as if they were serious. Because you delved into the absolute absurdity of the comment and tried to offer a glimpse as to why it could not work.
If that wasn't your intention, my apologies. As far as being a musician, my son who attends THE University of Michigan. He got a partial scholarship, because he has been playing the trumpet since grade school. Something I supported since he was 3, and played his 1st Kazoo like Dizzie Gillespie himself. He is using his musical talent to get a degree in Political Science. So not critical of something, that has allowed him to attend college at a discounted rate.
My musical talent consists of, being a pretty good whistler. Haha.
Good to end the conversation on a good note, no I'll intentions on my part. Again, if it was perceived as an attack, it was unintentional. Nothing I hate more than "internet tough guys", I'd hate to be compared to one.
Ditto! I'm a big fan of having a healthy, open dialogue between "opposing parties". Not everyone is going to agree on every stance but, IMO, it is important to continue dialogue in an effort to gain understanding and respect. Have a great weekend, Mike!
In regards to not having enough statistics about guns - give it time, we will be forced as a nation to gather more information. In the meantime, my radical/liberal/outlandish suggestion: how terrible would this nation be if everyone was limited to the right to own A handgun and A rifle and no more? Would laws still be broken? Would there still be a black market? Would automatic weaponry still find their way into people's hands? Yes a thousand times over. But would it be a bad thing? I certainly don't think so.
Focusing on real problems.... so why is it that you believe "black men" are the largest demographic for the shootings? Persecution, Jim Crowe laws, being handed the lowest forms of public education, job opportunities, healthcare, ad nauseam. It has nothing to do with DNA, race or color. It has to do with schism. End the schism and you will see progress as a species.
The Civil Rights Act was passed over 50 years ago and it has been an abject failure. If this were not true, we would not be having the conversation here and elsewhere.
Time for a new approach which starts at home. I don't want the government telling me what to do or where I live. If the home life of young black man included a father figure more so than it has in my entire lifetime, that would be a good start. Any children (black, white or brown) that come from a broken or dysfunctional home have a good chance of finding trouble and having problems making the right decisions in life.
The more important question is how do we get baby daddies to stick around and do the right and responsible thing?
What I meant by my statement, Mute - is what do you think the *REASON* is for "black men" being the largest demographic for the shootings?
I never said guns alone are the problem. That is why I am constantly striving for social equalities. If you offer the same education, employment, housing, healthcare privileges to all then you can begin to bring down the hundreds of years' worth of oppression and schism that have caused the demographic statistics you keep pointing out.
CubsHawksBears - if this "starts at home" then rather than point fingers at the "baby daddy" issues you bring up, teach your offspring that we are ALL equal and deserve equal compassion, empathy, respect and understanding for one another. One Earth - One People.
"The more important question is how do we get baby daddies to stick around and do the right and responsible thing?" > By, like you said, starting within your home. Reducing schism, voting locally to provide for equal opportunity to those less fortunate than you (education, healthcare, career paths & resources, residential living, etc.)
@Fisch, you aseerted, "teach your offspring that we are ALL equal and deserve equal compassion, empathy, respect and understanding for one another. One Earth - One People." What makes you think I haven't/don't??? While I agree there should be more ompassion, respect and empathy in this,world, I can't connect the dots to the lack of those things and the increased gun violence in this world...and more specifically on the South and West sides of Chicago. Can you connect those dots for me with facts and not feelings or opinions?
That is *FANTASTIC* to hear that you do that, CHB - seriously!
I can make an attempt at connecting those dots for you - sure:
For those of our population that were not born into privilege (via a healthy home, upbringing, healthcare, education system, community, career choices and opportunities) - it is a self-perpetuating cycle. There are plenty of statistics out there that show this. Here are some I was able to drum up:
Again, provide equal opportunities for all of your citizens regardless of race, economic status, social standing, income, location, etc. and watch how *OVER TIME* the statistics no longer point towards race, economic status, social standing, income, location, etc. When born into privilege (by all sorts of different means), it can be difficult to see the big picture here. Oppression and schism seems to know no bounds and proliferates into our society into so many different ways.
From Wikipedia; "Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark civil rights and US labor law in the United States that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin."
So Fisch, what you are suggesting is that the Democrat/union run school system is, and has been discriminating against children without privilege hear in Chicago (and similarly in other jurisdictions nationwide) for 53 years. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes that illegal on a federal level. So, those in authority should be charged with a Federal crime as they are violatinng Federal law. The CPS hierarchy and other similarly corrupt school systems should be blown up and proper authority should be put in place to properly see to it that the education system does not discriminate and give people of color a chance out of the blocks.
What is a shame is that fisch doesn't recognize that the Democrats are playing a shell game with people of color. The Dems make it appear as though they are trying to help people of color dating back to the Civil Rights Act. But here we are, years later, opining about the very things that the 1963 CRA should have addressed by now... nearly 2 generations later.
If you get something without working for or earning it you come to depend on and expect it. That's what the Dems have done and continue to do to people of color.
Illinois and Chicago have been run by the mob known as the Democrats for my entire life. For decades they have suggested we need to "help" people of color... decades later we have a similar outcome as before 1963 CRA.
Time for a new approach...perhaps the Republicans can provide a plan, unlike the Democrat's CRA smoke and mirrors approach...a plan that will truly help people rise up and reach their potential...because handouts and entitlements are not the answer.
And "out of the blocks" is a term used in track and field.
"out of the blocks From a starting position, as in a race or contest: The company has in the past been slow out of the blocks to adapt to consumer tastes." aka starting blocks.
A simple Google search could've answered that for ya fisch.
If only I knew how to work the googles, SportsSportsSports. When you had use "hear" in place of "here", I made the (apparently incorrect) assumption that you misused an expression ("out of the blocks").
It is completely laughable that you would believe that the GOP is going to provide a better plan involving the welfare of minorities.
For the record: I do not recall saying that the Democrats have it all figured out. I do not even recall saying that I *AM* a Democrat. However, if we were to acknowledge the reality that we live in a 2-party system, sure - I'm on the left so call me a Dem.
Mute: Glad to hear you don't think you have the solutions. Yes, crappy people exist - so do AWESOME people! I'm a bigger fan of spending my time with them. :)