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Monday, April 26, 2010

Reaping What You Sow

It seems they have a bit of a problem in Chicago.  People are dying at an alarming rate.

Is it cancer?  AIDS?  Bird flu?  Some exotic flesh-eating illness?

Nope.  They're shooting each other. [Hey!  I thought guns were banned in Chicago...]

What's their solution?  Bring in the National Guard -
Two state representatives called on Gov. Pat Quinn Sunday to deploy the Illinois National Guard to safeguard Chicago's streets.

Chicago Democrats John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford said they want Quinn, Mayor Richard Daley and Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis to allow guardsmen to patrol streets and help quell violence. Weis said he did not support the idea because the military and police operate under different rules.

"Is this a drastic call to action? Of course it is," Fritchey said. "Is it warranted when we are losing residents to gun violence at such an alarming rate? Without question. We are not talking about rolling tanks down the street or having armed guards on each corner."
Why not?  Clearly, if there were tanks rolling down the street, and a machine gun nest at every intersection, you'd be safe as can be.  Why do half measures, when a full-on military occupation would be so much more effective?


This is simply more of the uber-controlling Illinois government getting its comeuppance.  They've incented their citizenry to become dependent on the good graces of the government.  Free housing.  Free food.  Free medical.

Times being tough, the free stuff just isn't cutting it any more, or not as much is being given out.  Crime skyrockets as a result.

The government of Illinois has further deemed that there is no need for the compliant citizenry to protect themselves.  Guns are all but banned, except for the police, so no one has the means to protect themselves.

And look what that has gotten them.

Accept The Challenge

We preppers live by the credo of Personal Responsibility and Self-Sufficiency.  That is a foreign concept to so many people.  They've become wholly dependent upon their keepers.

Sadly, I fear that calls for National Guard troops will become much more commonplace.  I've done a number of posts on how to prepare for Civil Unrest.  I think "the cork is going to pop" this summer and next, and it won't be pretty.

Maybe Chicago is going to be a Petri dish for governments around the country to observe how to handle large-scale disruptions.  You're going to have the Tea Partiers out protesting about taxes being too high (among other things) and the State Dependents out protesting that they're not getting enough free stuff.

Oil, meet water.

Throw in Immigration Reform, Cap-and-Trade, VAT programs and whatever else rolls along, and you've got the makings for an interesting summer.

Get prepared.

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Anonymous said...

While I agree that in general crimes go down in states and cities where the citizens can own and carry guns; don't underestimate the problems caused by a left leaning government that has run Chicago for many years. Probably just as important is to understand that the Chicago and Illinois government is corrupt. I have no doubt that if they threw out the corrupt politicians and got honest people who would do their jobs instead of stealing the taxpayers blind that they could get the city under control. Just look at what Rudy Giuliani did for New York City.

Chief Instructor said...

Indeed. Chicago is only challenged for the title of Most Corrupt American City by New Orleans.

Strangely (not), NOLA has the nation's highest murder rate. You might be on to something there....