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Newt Gingrich

President Obama made a very odd comparison in his speech on guns in Minneapolis on Monday.

As part of his pitch urging the nation to enact his gun control proposals, the president referred to the tragedy of Newtown, Conn. in the same sentence as he talked about violence “in places like Chicago or Philadelphia or Minneapolis.”

But as the president must realize, the causes of the horrific event at Sandy Hook Elementary had little in common with the unending cycle of killings in places like Chicago or Philadelphia or Minneapolis.

A random, senseless tragedy like Sandy Hook points us to mental illness.

The equally tragic but routine violence in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis points us to a very different cause. It points us to gangs.

There is no question which type of violence is more common. As I wrote at Gingrich Productions last week, Chicago police estimate that 80 percent of homicides in the city are gang-related. Since 2007, more than 270 children have been killed there — a rate of three Newtowns per year.

Likewise, Philadelphia, a well-documented hotbed of gang violence, had 331 murders last year — the highest since 2007.

Almost 40 percent were between the ages of 18 and 24. More than 70 percent of victims had at least one prior arrest before their death. Fully half had been arrested four or more times.

Even Minneapolis where the president spoke on Monday, authorities said an increase in violence is in large part due to gang activity. After a spate of killings in 2009 shook the Somali community, a community organizer there told CBS News, “It was all gang activity, totally, 100 percent…The police don’t want to say that but everybody else knows that.”

MORE  http://www.humanevents.com/2013/02/06/gingrich-obama-should-start-with-gangs/


  1. thirdtwin

    February 7th, 2013

    Barry’s Motorcade rolls from town to town, mouthing off and moving on. One could say that the Food Stamp President is also the Drive-By President, eh, Newt? I dare you.

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  2. Diann

    February 7th, 2013

    Oh, he doesn’t give a crap about Chicago, Philly or Minneapolis. His speech writers just knew they would get grief for not mentioning Chi & Philly what with all the handgun murders, and since he was in Minn, they figured he better mention them too (you know, sort of like a Rock Band shouting out the city they’re in: “Hello! Cleveland!!”)

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  3. Callmelennie

    February 7th, 2013

    Sandy Hook points to individual mental illness. Chicago, Philly, Minneapolis point to mental illness on a societal scale.

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  4. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 7th, 2013

    “After a spate of killings in 2009 shook the Somali community, a community organizer there [no sh_t!] told CBS News, ‘It was all gang activity, totally, 100 percent…The police don’t want to say that but everybody else knows that.’”

    And that’s why they all voted, several times, for Obama??

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  5. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 7th, 2013

    Is the Bureau of Standards up to date on this new unit of measurement: the NEWTOWN.

    270 child murders / 5 years = 54

    54 dead kids / 3 = 18 = 1 NEWTOWN

    Keep up the good work, Newt. Wish you were in the White House, flaws and all.

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  6. Mal- Latin for bad

    February 7th, 2013

    Why would he go after the gangs? They are his single largest base in helping him implement his plan for civil unrest.

    All dictators in the past and presently have used thugs, union members and gangs to enforce their agenda on the civilian population. Why stop a good thing?

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  7. Johnny Freedom

    February 7th, 2013

    There’s no point in recommending anything for Obama to do. He will do absolutely nothing that might solve a problem. All we can do is hang on tight and pray that we get an American next time.

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  8. BILL

    February 7th, 2013

    strange the city governments allow such gang activity to take place.

    governments generally don’t like competition.

    must be the city governments are afraid of the gangs or profiting from them. i would follow the money.

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  9. bubba

    February 7th, 2013

    bubba says diann is correct. barry only cares about that which makes him look good, if that is possible.

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  10. kono

    February 7th, 2013

    We the people need to start with the drug using, back stabbing, hippie-freak gang in our White House first! Can’t do a damn thing about the nation without first eliminating the “leaders” from the top who are nothing more than black/white trash with the same mentality as the “gangs” in the inner cities. Or maybe Newt should be quite….we wouldn’t want to stop these thugs from killing each other…we need to lessen the Obama-type base.

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