BLOOD BATH: 50 Shot, Ten Killed In Chicago Over Weekend Despite Some of Nation’s Strictest Gun Laws

CHICAGO — 50 people were shot and 10 in Chicago over the weekend, despite some of the strictest gun laws in America.

Two of the victims shot were police officers who were shot during a routine traffic stop. According to ABC 7 Chicago, the officers were conducting a traffic stop when they saw a gun in the backseat of the suspect’s vehicle. Officers ordered the suspect to get out of the car, but he reportedly refused to comply. The officers then broke the car window in an effort to arrest the suspect, a struggle ensued and the suspect fired multiple shots, hitting both officers.

Both officers are in stable condition, with one officer having been shot in the chest, side and back. The other officer was shot in the shoulder and chest.

In a Sunday tweet, Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot confirmed the suspect was later taken into custody.

Four other victims were shot and killed on Sunday, including 31-year-old Devon Welsh who police say was eating at Lumes Pancake House when a drive-by shooting occurred. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Welsh was struck multiple times after an SUV pulled up and began firing.

The Times also reports that four other victims were killed Friday night, including an 18-year-old who was shot and killed as he was walking down the street.

The ongoing violence is just the latest in tragedies that have for years gripped the city.

In 2017, then White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said more gun laws aren’t the answer.

“I think one of the things we don’t want to do is try to create laws that won’t stop these types of things from happening,” Sanders said. “I think if you look to Chicago where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes last year they have the strictest gun laws in the country. That certainly hasn’t helped there.”

TRUMP TO OBAMA: ‘I’m no racist’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday swung back at former president Barack Obama who in a statement suggested Trump’s rhetoric was to blame for last weekend’s mass shootings.

The president took to Twitter to respond to Obama’s statement in which he slammed “leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.”

Further, Obama Obama called for Americans to reject the words “coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders” that feeds “fear and hatred and normalizes racist sentiments.”

Echoing “Fox & Friend’s” host Brian Kilmeade, Trump first chastised Obama’s criticism by pointing out that Obama’s White House predecessor, George Bush, declined to criticize Obama after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

‘Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook,'” Trump wrote, quoting Kilmeade. “President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of Control. Mass shootings were happening before the President even thought about running.”

“‘It’s political season and the election is around the corner,'” Trump wrote, quoting Kilmeade’s co-host Ainsley Earhardt.

“And I am the least racist person, ” Trump added. “Black, Hispanic and Asian Unemployment is the lowest (BEST) in the history of the United States!”

Calls for statement from Barack Obama’s spokesperson in regards to the president’s tweets were met with “no comment.”

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‘BARBARIC’: Trump calls for stricter gun laws in wake of recent mass shootings

WASHINGTON — Calling the deadly weekend shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas “barbaric,” President Donald Trump on Monday called for a bipartisan effort to pass stricter gun laws.

“We vow to act with urgent resolve,” Trump said.

Referring to the deadly mass shootings as “crimes against humanity,” the president also condemned “white supremacy” and called for stricter background checks when purchasing handguns.

“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online, consumed by racist hate,” said the president. “Mental illness and hate pull the trigger, not the gun.”

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump continued. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”
The president targeted violent video games and social media for helping to fan the flames of hatred and said more must be done to recognize those with “mental and emotional issues.”

“We must recognize the internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed mind

The president’s call to action comes in response to criticism from the left that his administration has not done enough to stop gun violence.

“We have done much more than most administrations,” he said Monday. “We have done actually a lot. But perhaps more has to be done.”
s and perform demented acts,” he said.

Police say a gunman on Saturday walked into a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, near the Mexican border and opened fire. Two more victims of the attack died in hospital on Monday.

A total of eight Mexican citizens were killed in the shooting.

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BACKING THE BLUE: In impassioned speech, Trump calls for death penalty for cop killers; respect for law enforcement

ORLANDO, Fla. — President Donald Trump on Monday renewed his call for those convicted of killing police officers to be put to death.

Speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Convention in Orlando, Trump said the war on police that has raged on for the past several years must come to an end.

“Reducing crime begins with respecting law enforcement,” Trump said. “We believe that criminals who kill our police officers should immediately, with trial, but rapidly as possible, not 15 years later, 20 years later—get the death penalty.”

According to statistics, 43 police officers have been fatally shot this year alone, approaching the 2017 total of 45 gunfire-related deaths.

In his speech, the president also addressed the ongoing issue of gun violence in Chicago and said he’s sending Attorney General Jeff Sessions “immediately” to address the “shooting wave” in the city.

“The crime spree [in Chicago] is a terrible blight on that city, and we’ll do everything possible to get it done,” Trump said. “Law enforcement people in Chicago … they would solve the problem if they were simply allowed to do their job and do their job properly.”

The president then called out Democrat politicians and anti-police groups who he said often attempt to restrain police officers from doing their jobs.

“We strongly oppose efforts from politicians who try to shackle local law enforcement. Let’s see whether Chicago accepts help. They need it,” he said. “We’ll straighten it out fast. They want to straighten it out. … Sometimes I think maybe it is possible that they don’t.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, 2,346 people have been shot in the city this year alone.

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CHOKING BACK TEARS: Sarah Huckabee Sanders issues emotional response to boy who says he fears being shot at school

Washington, D.C. — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fought back tears on Wednesday after a junior reporter told her he feared being the victim of a school shooting.

The comment, which came from Benje Choucroun, a student at Marin Country Day School in California who was invited to the White House as a reporter for Time for Kids magazine, took Sanders visibly by surprise.

“One thing that effects mine and other students mental health is we are worried about the fact that we or our friends could get shot at school. Specifically, can you tell me what the administration has done and will do to prevent these senseless tragedies,” the 13-year-old asked.

“As a kid and certainly as a parent I think there is nothing that can be more terrifying for a kid than to go to school and not feel safe,” said Sanders, herself, a mother of three, as she fought back tears. “So I’m sorry that you feel that way.”

“This administration takes it seriously and the school safety commission that the president convened is meeting this week again in an official meeting to discuss the best way forward and how we can do every single thing in our power to protect kids in our schools and make them feel safe and their parents feel good about dropping them off,” Sanders said after steadying herself.

Thus far in 2018, there have been 23 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed.

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‘IT WILL ONLY MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER’: Cruz backs teachers’ rights to arm themselves in classroom

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday said teachers who choose to do so should be free to arm themselves in the classroom.

“I think it makes perfect sense that if teachers want to exercise their right to keep and bear arms, that it will only make schools safer,” Cruz said while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

“I don’t think you should make teachers do that, but if a teacher is comfortable and wants to be prepared to defend himself or herself, that’s a good thing,” he added.

The former Republican candidate for president’s comments come a week after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida resulted in the deaths of 17 and the injury of dozens more.

President Donald Trump on Thursday also called for similar measures, adding that protecting our schools through the use of armed teachers and former military members may be a solution to the ongoing violence.

“…Giving ‘concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience- only the best,” the president tweeted. “…Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!”

Cruz said the most effective way to combat gun violence is for law enforcement officials to target violent criminals and not law-abiding gun owners.

“The left’s answer is always, always always strip the Second Amendment rights from law-abiding citizens,” he said. “You want to see crime take off? Disarm the law-abiding citizens.”

Since the February 14 shooting, Democrats have called for stricter gun control laws and a ban on AR-15s.

NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre, however, said cracks in law enforcement was to blame for last week’s shooting, not Second Amendment protected gun owners.

“What they want are more restrictions on the law-abiding,” LaPierre said while speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday. “Think about that — their solution is to make you, all of you, less free.”

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‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!’: Two officers killed in less than 24 hours as war on police continues

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD. — An officer shot and killed on Wednesday became the second American policeman to die in the line of duty in less than 24 hours.

The officer, who died while attempting to intervene in a domestic violence dispute, has not yet been identified. The suspect police say responsible for the officer’s death was shot and killed after police returned fire.

“With broken hearts, we are announcing that one of our officers was shot and killed today,” the Prince George’s Police Department wrote on Twitter (https://tinyurl.com/y7f8gmxj). “The brave officer was shot while stepping in to protect a woman threatened in a domestic situation. Please keep his family and our department in your prayers.”

“The suspect who killed our officer was shot and killed by responding law enforcement. More details later,” the department wrote in a follow-up tweet.

The Maryland shooting came less than 24 hours after another officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in Alabama.

Officer Justin Billa of the Mobile Police Department was gunned down after a murder suspect barricaded himself in his Alabama home at around 12:30 a.m. The suspect, in Billa’s murder, identified as Robert Hollie, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

It is not yet known whether Billa shot himself or if he was killed by police.

Billa, who had been named Officer of the Month in 2016, spoke of the dangers of the job during an interview with FOX 10 (https://tinyurl.com/ya7ckktl).

“She tells me she loves me every day before I leave for work. And I make sure I do the same,” Billa said of his wife.

He leaves behind a one-year-old son.

Chuck Canterbury, president of the National Fraternal Order of Police, says something must be done.

“When will our nation wake up and face that the steady increase of attacks on law enforcement is making all of us less safe,” Canterbury said earlier this month in the wake of an officer shooting in Ohio. “Enough is enough!”

To date, 15 officers have been killed in the line of duty in 2018 (https://tinyurl.com/y8s8gv6m). A total of 129 officers died last year.

Funeral arrangements for the officers are currently pending.

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WAR ON GUNS: Michael Moore calls for ‘repeal and replace’ of ‘outdated’ Second Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Filmmaker and left-wing activist Michael Moore is calling for the “repeal and replacement” of the “ancient and outdated” Second Amendment.

In a lengthy Facebook post in response to Sunday’s Las Vegas shooting in which 59 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded (https://www.facebook.com/mmflint/posts/10154778028796857), the producer of documentary films “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine” said the constitutional amendment which protects the right to bear arms must be repealed because it was created “before bullets and revolvers were even invented”.

“This is the sane approach that meets everyone’s needs – everyone, that is, except those of the serial killer, the mass murderer, the violent ex-husband, the disgruntled employee or the disturbed and bullied teenager,” the outspoken Democrat wrote. Calling gun violence a “daily tragedy,” Moore said the time to act is now. “This can come to an end with the repeal of the 2nd Amendment and replacing it with the 28th Amendment,” he said.

A “28th Amendment,” Moore continued, would demand that “the primary right of all people to be free from gun violence … shall not be infringed.”

“As over 90% of gun violence is committed by men, in order for a man to purchase a gun, he must first get a waiver from his current wife, plus his most recent ex-wife, or any woman with whom he is currently in a relationship (if he’s gay, he must get the waiver from his male spouse/partner),” he added.

This isn’t the first time that Moore has called for a repeal of the Second Amendment. He called for similar action after a 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado after two students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris opened fire killing more than a dozen of their fellow students. Moore again called for a repeal of the Second Amendment after police say 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 children and adults at a school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

“We will never eliminate all murder; that’s been with us since Cain killed Abel. But we CAN join the community of enlightened nations where gun violence is that rare occurrence — as opposed to the daily tragedy we now suffer here in the United States of America,” Moore insisted in this most recent appeal.

“We can start with the upcoming midterm election. Let every candidate know: If you take NRA money, we will remove you from office. Then do it,” Moore concluded.

Democrat leaders have also seized on the opportunity to reignite the gun control debate in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.

“How many more dead bodies will it take to wake up this Congress?” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga said to a group of reporters Wednesday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. “This must stop, and it must stop now. We were elected to lead.”

Republicans, however, say Democrats are simply capitalizing on the deaths of innocent victims to push their anti-gun agenda.

“I think it’s particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday. “The investigation’s not even been completed.”

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