Chicago 2016 Homicide Rate is Tallied, the Results Not Good

The homicide rate for the City of Chicago has been tallied. The results are in and as expected, it’s not good.

The city of Chicago continues to be a dangerous place. While the majority of homicides are condensed into certain neighborhoods, murder and crime has hit nearly every neighborhood in Chicago, including the affluent and wealthy ones. Some of the more affluent Chicago neighborhoods where the homicide rate is surprising include: The Loop, Near North Side and even Norwood Park, which adjoins the suburb of Park Ridge. Even with crime and murder striking these historically less crime-ridden parts of the city, the most deadly neighborhoods in Chicago in 2016 are Austin, Englewood and Garfield Park. These three neighborhoods account for nearly one third of the total homicides in Chicago.

The homicide rate in Chicago took a drastic rise in 2016, where it rose by 286 homicides since 2015 (509 homicides in 2015 and 460 in 2014). The total number of homicides in Chicago in 2016 are 795. As the homicide rate rises in Chicago, the Chicago Police superintendent and Cook County States Attorney both call for more gun control. Cook County, however, continues a revolving door policy within the correction system for violent repeat offenders. This means existing laws simply are not being enforced and repeat violent offenders are often released within one year, left to offend again. As well, an even more startling (and truthfully scary) statistic is that in 82% of Chicago homicides, NO ARRESTS ARE EVER MADE.

Not all homicides in Chicago are murders, though. In 2015, the homicide rate in Chicago was 509, with 468 of these homicides being considered murders.  The remaining forty-one homicides in Chicago were either justified acts of self-defense or police-involved shootings.

In 2016, the homicide rate in Chicago was 795, but the exact murder rate has not been released as of this writing. Approximately eleven homicides were considered acts of self-defense and approximately eleven more were police-involved, according to sources, however.

This upward trend in violence in the City of Chicago, the most populated city in Illinois and all the Midwest, coupled with homicides continuing to spread from higher crime-ridden neighborhoods to more affluent neighborhoods, is proof positive that you are never truly safe and only you are responsible for your safety and personal protection. Be armed. Be trained. Be Alpha.



Felon on Parole for Gun Violations shoots up Wrigleyville

As proof that strict gun control laws do not deter criminals, and won’t prevent evil people from doing evil things; I present to you Ralph Banks. Ralph Banks is a convicted felon out on Parole. His crime? A Gun Crime.  Mr. Banks is now in the custody of the Chicago Police enjoying a stay in the Cook County jail. His alleged crime? Mr. Banks is accused of firing approximately 80 shots in a recent shooting in Wrigleyville/Chicago, IL.

This incident also proves that you are really never safe, it doesn’t matter what neighborhood you may be in. Although some neighborhoods where statistics prove that you are more likely to be a victim of an act of violence, random acts of violence can and do happen anywhere.


Chicago’s Very Own… Salt Gun?

Forever are the debates about 9mm vs 45ACP, or if a 22 round stop an intruder.  Well, a Chicago company has decided that the ultimate caliber for self defense is… Salt and Pepper?! A less lethal option to a traditional firearm shooting copper and lead is a firearm that shoots salt and pepper and thus begins marketing a paintball style gun that shoots salt pellets.

In the company’s own words…

Salt Supply Co. has designed a paintball-style gun that shoots pellets filled with pepper spray that rupture on impact. The Salt gun is designed to be a safe alternative to traditional firearms so that nobody gets killed, including children who might discover the gun and think it’s a toy, or a family member that’s mistaken for a burglar.

“We keep it in our nightstand because it’s not deadly, you don’t have to lock it up,” said CEO Adam Kennedy. “You should feel comfortable having this by your bed, because your kid can’t kill himself with this.”

Kennedy said that he co-founded the startup with his Chicago neighbor Andy McIntosh. Both men travel a lot for work and they don’t want to leave their wives alone and defenseless in a neighborhood where shootings are frequent. But their wives didn’t want guns in the house. So they came up with Salt.

The $300 handgun is powered by CO2 cartridges and holds seven .70-caliber slugs. They contain ghost pepper extract encased in a ball that breaks on impact like an egg. He said it causes the lungs to constrict, as they would during an asthma attack.

He said the shooter does not have to hit the intruder directly, since every shot releases a five-foot spray of pepper extract.

While less lethal “Weapons” have been on the market for decades, and there is nothing wrong with a less lethal alternative, this is a new one.  But let us disect the company’s words.  “We keep it in our nightstand because it’s not deadly, you don’t have to lock it up,” said CEO Adam Kennedy. “You should feel comfortable having this by your bed, because your kid can’t kill himself with this.”

They are breaking a very major rule of firearm safety! I treat all firearms as if they are… firearms… this includes laser training pistols which are even less deadly that a salt gun.  I also teach my children the same.  However while it may be true that the firearm is less deadly and a child won’t be killed, I would be willing to bet a child could lose an eye. A better alternative to leaving your salt GUN laying around is teaching your child firearm safety.

Stop. Don’t touch. Tell an Adult.

The co-founders Kennedy and McIntosh stated they both travel alot for work and don’t want to leave their wives defenseless. I would argue they are doing that very thing by leaving their wives with a salt gun.  I haven’t been shot by this new device but I have been shot by a BB gun as a child and since they use the same C02 propulsion, I have also allowed myself to be sprayed with pepper spray, I can tell you this less lethal option wouldn’t stop a violent intruder intent on doing you harm, nor would it stop an attacked hopped up on drugs.

I’d consider this to be a good willed attempt to offer a means of self defense to those people who have an irrational fear of firearms.  All the same rules of training that would apply to a firearm should also be applied to this salt gun, because it is a firearm.  Simply having a tool for self defense is not enough if you don’t know how to safely and properly use the tool.

This good will attempt at self defense certainly may deter some violent criminals, but I would not put all my eggs in one basket. Less lethal has a place in the circle of self defense.  1) Avoidance. 2) De-escalation. 3) Flee. 4) Less lethal. 5) Lethal means. You see no rational person would immediately go to the firearm if given any other opportunity. However sometimes the firearm may be your first choice because of the circumstance. However sometimes less lethal means won’t stop an attack… then what do you do?  If less lethal worked 100% of the time, there would be no need for lethal tools of self defense.

Yet another Gun Violence Ordinance in Cook County Illinois

The Daily Herald is reporting that several anti gun politicians including Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin of Chicago, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Sheriff Thomas J. Dart are backing “anti gun violence” ordinance which is scheduled for a vote before the Cook county board on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Boykin’s 7 point plan was outlined to the Chicago Tribune in June and include: Creating parenting workshops throughout Chicago and Cook County; strictly enforcing curfew laws; expanding drug courts; charging co-conspirators and those responsible for the shootings; deploying the sheriff’s police in high-crime city areas; instituting stiffer penalties for people illegally in possession of firearms; and providing job training for areas with high levels of violence, unemployment and poverty.

Information is scarce at this time, so stay posted to this thread for additional information about the Cook County Gun Violence Ordinance.

Chicago Gun Buy-back… Time to sell off your old rusty damaged worthless firearms.

Chicago Mayor Rham Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent McCarthy announced a quarter of a million dollar fund ($250,000.00) for various local gun buy back programs across Chicago.

Now is the time to sell off your inoperable, fire-damaged, rusted or otherwise worthless firearms.  We all know the ineffectiveness of gun buy back programs. Criminals do not turn in their guns. and “Illegal” guns are not the cause of violence, but simply a tool for violence if used in the wrong hands.

Two questions come to mind. Where is the nearly bankrupt, junk-bond rated, City of Chicago getting this money? Also, why do politicians. such as Rham Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy,  insist on feel-good activism rather than doing something about the root of the violence problem in Chicago?


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Illinois’ First Concealed Carry Arrest

Originally Posted April 3rd, 2014

A Chicago man allegedly was involved in a rent dispute with his tenants and pulled his firearm. The tenants are saying that the Landlord threatened them with the firearm.  The original reports are lacking much detail on the actual arrest other than to say the man had a concealed carry license and his license and firearm were confiscated and the man was arrested.

If we look at the original report by the Chicago Sun-Times,

“O’Connell was involved in a quarrel over rent money with a 52-year-old man on March 23, police said. O’Connell allegedly pointed a handgun at the man and threatened to shoot him.”

There are 3 possible scenarios, 1 ) O’Connell was brandishing his firearm and threatening the tenants, in which case he would deserve to be punished. 2)  The tenants may be alleging false accusations, however how would they know O’Connell was carrying a concealed firearm.  3)  Perhaps O’Connell felt justified in pulling his firearm, feeling threatened by the tenants and the tenants were first to contact the Police.

The Sun-Times report is certainly reporting that the act by Mr. O’Connell was not justified and that Mr. O’Connell was the aggressor.  Due to the lack of facts surrounding this case it’s impossible to know for sure what really happened. And like all stories there is always 3 sides, my side, your side and the truth.  However let us use this incident as an educational opportunity as what not to do.

First and foremost as a legally armed citizen, we are held to a higher standard than the average citizen.  We should not be hap-hazard with our firearms.  Brandishing, or intentional displays, are a no-no.  Concealed means concealed, only your closest friends and family should know that you are armed, and drawing a firearm is for defensive purposes not offensive.  Secondly if you are ever involved in a situation where you felt you were justified in drawing your concealed firearm, my opinion is you should most certainly contact the police, even if shots were not fired.

For a moment let us give Mr. O’Connell the benefit of the doubt, let us assume he was justified in drawing his concealed firearm. Let us assume Mr. O’Connell felt threatened.  If that is the case, what Mr. O’Connell did was that he did not contact the police and file a report.  This then gives the real aggressor the opportunity to be the complainant. In the eyes of law the complainant is usually the victim.  It is my opinion if I were ever involved in a situation where I felt justified in drawing my defensive firearm, but was able to escape without firing shots, I would call 911 and my statement may be similar to the following,

“Hello Police, my name is Thomas Kral. I am legally armed with a concealed carry license.  I was just threatened and had to pull my firearm. Shots were not fired however the attacker is…  “

I want to be sure I am contacting police in case the attacker tries to turn the table against me and state that I was the aggressor. I want to contact the police because if there were any witnesses, they may not have understood why I felt justified in introducing my firearm to the situation and the witness may also be contacting the police.  I don’t ever want to have to draw my firearm, but if I do, I want to be sure nobody, especially the police, thinks that I am the aggressor.

Food for thought…


Original Sun-Times article:

Concealed Firearm possibly Saved Chicago Man’s Life

Originally Posted April 6th, 2014

In the first reported incident of an Illinois Concealed Carry Licensee firing shots, a Chicago man fired shots at two armed attackers.  The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the armed attackers approached the man on his property and pointed a gun at him. The man responded by pulling his own legal firearm and fired shots in self defense. The armed attackers fled.  The Chicago Police are saying that they will not file charges on the legally armed citizen and are looking for the alleged attackers to file charges against.

Carrying a Concealed Firearm may have saved this legally armed citizen.


Otis McDonald, an Illinois Gun Rights Hero, has Passed

Originally Posted, April 6th, 2014

The Family of Otis McDOnald  has reported via FaceBook that Otis has passed away April 4th, 2014.  Mr. Otis McDonald is best known in the gun rights community as a strong advocate for gun rights, and is known for the land mark law suit, McDonald vs Chicago.

Otis McDonald has been very ill and battling cancer.  His family announces on March 23rd that Otis is in a fight for his life as he battles metastatic cancer.

The following is the FaceBook announcement by the McDonald family, April 5th 2014…

Mr. Otis W. McDonald, born September 17, 1933 died yesterday April 4, 2014. He was 80 years old.

On behalf of the McDonald Family I want to say thanks to all of you for your support and prayers! Funeral arrangements are pending and just as soon as that information is finalized we will update you immediately.

Many of you have asked, “what can I do?” Please send a card, a donation and or a note directly to my Aunt Laura: She would appreciate hearing from all of you who love and support my Uncle Otis and her husband.

Mrs. Laura McDonald
10752 So. Church St.
Chicago, IL 60643

Dr. Fred Jones
//For The McDonald Family
Thank You ALL!

PS: The family has requested no flowers please.