As we await Super Bowl Sunday we can see another type of game being played out in liberal bastions across America. It’s one where everybody loses.
On the recent weekend earlier in January when the AFC playoffs were held in Baltimore, twelve people were shot.
Five of those individuals were killed in eight separate shootings.
Baltimore had 348 homicides last year, that it knows of, its fifth year in a row with over 300 murders and the deadliest year ever on a per-capita basis.
City council president Brandon Scott, a Democrat running for mayor/captain of the Titanic wrote, “A day that should have been met with pride and community was once again flooded with violence and loss,” recalling the football game. Baltimore lost that game too.
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“This violence is heartbreaking and must stop now,” continued Scott, in a crocodile sentiment that could be replaced with effective action if the Baltimore pol understood the concept of empirical evidence.
Federal crime stats paint a clear picture. Of the top five urban murder theme parks in the U.S., per 1,000 in population, all of them are Democrat-run cities with stringent gun control laws. Ergo…
They are: 1) East St. Louis, MO. 2) Chester, PA. 3) St. Louis, MO. 4) Gary, IN. And five, the Charm City itself, Baltimore, MD.
As has been said, “An armed society is a polite society,” and one wonders what the murder rate would be in Baltimore if every time a miscreant pulled a weapon a law-abiding citizen or citizens close by pulled out their own weapons.
Would that shooter be more or less likely to unholster their weapon if they knew they would also get shot?
Don’t know the answer? Ask Jack Wilson, who saved many from probable death by recently taking out a vicious gunman at a Texas church service.
Better yet, ask the gunman. Oh gee, I guess we can’t. And anyway, Gil Scott-Heron seems to have the right answer.
How many decades do we have to suffer urban murder rates that turn our inner cities into shooting galleries until the people in those depressed locales get back the constitutional right to shoot back?
In all likelihood, given the current political leadership in Baltimore and other Democrat-run cities, many more.