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.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?
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."
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
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.
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