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Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Guns of Obamerica

Forget Wal-Mart and skip your local gun show. The murderers of tomorrow will not be found wearing orange vests at your local sporting goods store. They won't have NRA memberships or trophies on their walls.

You won't find them in America. Look for them in Obamerica.

67% of firearm murders took place in the country's 50 largest metro areas. The 62 cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate of 9.7, more than twice the national average. Among teenagers the firearm murder rate is 14.6 or almost three times the national average. Those numbers are from six years ago. They have grown worse since.

Those are the crowded cities of Obamerica. The places with the most restrictive gun control laws and the highest crime rates. These are the places where the family is broken, money comes from the government and immigrants crowd in from some of the most violent parts of the world bringing with them their own organized crime. These are also the places that have run by Democrats and their political machines for almost as long as they have been broken.

Obama won every major city in the election, except for Jacksonville and Salt Lake City. And the higher the death rate, the bigger his victory. He won New Orleans by 80 to 17 where the murder rate is ten times higher than the national average. He won Detroit, where the murder rate of 53 per 100,000 people is the second highest in the country and twice as high as any country in the world, including the Congo and South Africa. He won it 73 to 26. And then he celebrated his victory in Chicago where the murder rate is three times the statewide average.

These places aren't America. They're Obamerica.

In 2006, the 54% of the population living in those 50 metro areas was responsible for 67% of armed killings nationwide. Those are disproportionate numbers especially when you consider that for the people living in most of those cities walking into a store and legally buying a gun is all but impossible.

Mayors of Obamerican cities blame guns because it's easier than blaming people and now the President of Obamerica has turned to the same shameless tactic. The NRA counters that people kill people, but that's exactly why Obamerican leaders would rather talk about the guns.

Chicago, the capital of Obamerica, is a city run by gangs and politicians. It has 68,000 gang members, four times the number of police officers. Chicago politicians solicit the support of gang members in their campaigns, accepting laundered contributions from them, hiring their members and tipping them off about upcoming police raids. And their biggest favor to the gang bosses is doing nothing about the epidemic of gang violence.

80% of Chicago's murders are gang-related. But in 1999 when a bill came up in the Illinois State Senate to try anyone carrying out a firearm attack on school property as an adult, a law that would have affected gang members who often bring weapons to school, the future leader of Obamerica voted present. Had he not voted present, it is doubtful that he would have been reelected in an area where gang leaders wield a great deal of influence.

The majority of murders in the cities with the worst homicide rates are gang-related. And while it isn't always possible to be certain whether a killing was gang-related, the majority of homicide victims in city after city have been found to have criminal records.

In 2010, there were 11,078 firearm homicides in the United States and over 2,000 known gang-related killings, over 90% of which are carried out with firearms. Since 1981, Los Angeles alone has had 16,000 gang related homicides. That's more than twice the number of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and it's more than the number of Americans who died in the Mexican-American War. 

This is what Obamerica looks like. It's a place where life is cheap and illegal guns are as available as illegal drugs. It's a series of war zones whose problem is not the supply of guns, but their own social dysfunction. It's the war that we aren't talking about, because it's easier to talk about the inanimate objects being used to fight that war.

Reformers in the twenties blamed the plight of the slums on the availability of liquor. They rammed through Prohibition for the entire country to fix the cities. The liquor went on flowing and the slums went on being slums. Gun control has been just as successful in healing the slums as whiskey control was. And like the dry reformers, gun control advocates insist on trying to apply their solution on a national level, when the problem is not nationwide.

There are, as John Edwards said, two Americas. America is a country that runs pretty well on its own. Gun sales in America do not lead to bursts of homicide. If the power goes out for an hour, there is no epidemic of looting. The new year isn't rung in at the morgue. Social dysfunction exists but it never affects the majority or even a sizable minority of the population.

And then there's Obamerica. Not all of Obamerica is broken, but a lot of it is. Obamerica has a big gap between the rich and the poor. Its middle class is always on the run. Its upper class retreats to fortresses. Its lower class is broken and constantly growing as its political machines feed off human misery and exploit social dysfunction to gain votes.

America does not have a gun violence problem. Obamerica does. And Obamerica has a gun violence problem for the same reason that it has a drug problem and a broken family problem. These social ills cannot be solved by banning something. The War on Guns is not going to fix the inner city just as the War on Drugs didn't. Rigid law enforcement can keep the numbers down, but does not deal with the causes of the violence.

Obamerica is a bad place. It has great restaurants and night clubs. It has a lot of noise and a lot of light. The next big thing in music will probably come out of there. It's where your kids probably dream of moving to when they're teenagers. But for all that it's fundamentally broken.

Democratic leaders and machines, combined with liberal social workers and justice crusaders have run Obamerica into the ground. Obamerican cities used to be the homes of industry and progress. Now they're places where young Black and Hispanic men kill each other in growing numbers.

In America, guns are used for target practice and for hunting, and on rare occasions for self-defense, but in Obamerica guns have only one purpose, as so many liberals have pointed out, like so many of the young men who walk the streets of Obamerica, they exist only to kill. The guns get blamed and the killers rotate through the revolving doors of an overburdened justice system. And then the politicians who sit around the table with gang leaders announce that they have a new initiative to get guns off the streets.

America does not need gun control. It is a mostly law-abiding place. And gun control cannot help Obamerica. Not when its murder rate is driven by gangs who have no trouble obtaining anything; whether it's legal in the United States or not.

What can help is talking about Obamerica. AIDS prevention was sabotaged by the claim that the disease was a general problem spreading through the population. It wasn't. Neither is gun violence. Despite the occasional exception created by high profile suburban shooting sprees, this is not an American problem. It’s an Obamerican problem.

Adam Lanza is as much of a plausible poster boy for gun violence, as Ryan White was for AIDS. A better poster boy for gun violence might be Jay-Z, who boasts of having been a drug dealer and claims to have shot his brother at the age of 12. The drug dealer to millionaire rapper is the Horatio Alger story of Obamerica. And Jay-Z can be seen partying with Obama, the political king of Obamerica touching base with its cultural king.

If Obama really wants to get serious about gun violence, then all he has to do is turn to the man standing next to him. But Obama, like every Chicago politician before him, don't want to end the violence. The death toll is profitable, not just for rappers writing bad poetry about dealing drugs and shooting rivals, but for the politicians atop that heap who score money and gain power by using the problems of Obamerica as some sort of call to conscience for the rest of the country.

That's what Obama is doing now. Hiding behind Newtown and adorable little kids is the grim specter of Obamerica's death toll. It's buried inside the gruesome figures of how many Americans are shot each year issued as an indictment against the entire country in general and gun owners in particular. But those numbers are not an indictment of America. They are an indictment of Democratic mayors and Liberal social policy. They are an indictment of Obamerica. They are an indictment of Obama.

This country does not need to have a conversation about how many bullets should go in a clip. It does need to have a conversation about how many parents should go in a family. It needs to talk about the ghettos of Obamerica and have a serious conversation about broken families and generational dependency. It needs to have a conversation about funneling new immigrants from broken parts of the world into areas already suffering from high levels of unemployment and street violence.

Most of all this country needs to have a conversation about the direction it's headed in. We need to set aside the same old tired social justice rhetoric that has done nothing except train .001 percent of the young men and women of Obamerica to be community organizers and race card wielders and have a serious conversation about what is wrong with New Orleans, Detroit and Chicago.

Obama has become a role model to millions of people in the Black community. You can see posters and photos of him in every barbershop. If anyone can address these problems, it's him. But instead of trying to solve the problems of Obamerica, instead of doing something about the high levels of unemployment, the broken families and the glamorization of drug dealing and violent crime, he wimped out and picked a fight with the rural Americans that he derided as gun-clingers.

In the same hollow tradition of macho posturing common among the men responsible for much of the violence in Obamerica, he chose to show his power in a fight for dominance with a perceived rival, rather than give back to his community. Rather than looking to the hearts and minds of his followers, he went after the guns of those he sees as his enemies. That is what distinguishes a thug from a leader. Leaders uplift their people. Thugs use them up as cannon fodder in their own private power struggles.

The legacy of Martin Luther King reminds us that a leader speaks difficult truths even to his own people. There are such leaders in the Black community today. Obama is not one of them.

The guns of America, by and large, are not a threat to the innocent. The guns of Obamerica are. And the conversation that we need to have is about what can be done, not about the guns of Obamerica, but about its hearts and minds.

30 comments:

Bruce said...

Ft Hood~~~ Registered Democrat ~ Muslim

Columbine ~~~ Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals

Virginia Tech ~~ Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff ~ Registered Democrat, Liberal

Colorado Theater ~~~ Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal

Connecticut School Shooter- ~~~ Registered Democrat; hated Christians,

Shooter at Giffords .. Democrat

Shooter at Holocaust museum ... Democrat

Anonymous said...

Excellent!!

Dennis Latham said...

I like you articles. You tell the truth, and because you tell the truth, Liberals will call you a racist. My country is dying and I hate it. I don't know any young people who are making it in the new America. They are all struggling just to survive another day. Yet, in DC they will spend 100 million on a useless celebration of a useless president. What has happened to America just makes me sick in the heart. Semper Fi.

Anonymous said...

And here's another honest man crying out in the wilderness:

http://www.youtube.com/v/F0sk4yGaEk8%26hl=en_US%26fs=1%26

becaz said...

Excellent piece Mr. Geenfield! Thank you for saying what needs to be said. Unfortunately Obamericans wield enough power right now that I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

Fake rasslin fan said...

Fake rasslin fan writes "Along with a high homicide rate Obamerica has a disproportionately high birth rate yet as long as Teabaggers are both anti-choice and anti compulsive birth control this scary undercurrent will prevail. It's as hard to be sympathetic for a high birth rate in Obamerica as it is in Palestine or Pakistan."

Shlomo ben Shmuel said...

One point you didn't mention was the connection between imprisoned criminals and converts to Islam, particularly terrorist Islam. Apparently the prime source of converts is to be found in the prisons. Since these prisoners, mostly from Obamerica, are already accustomed to using guns and killing, it is easy to indoctrinate them to terrorism.

Anonymous said...

Fakerasslin fan, you forgot to blame Bush. And Reagan!

/IgunaDonna

Anonymous said...

I appreciate your article more than you know. VERY powerful. I didn't realize Chicago has 4x the gang members as it does police officers. One statistic I'd like to know concerns the presence of fathers. I love when you said, "This country does not need to have a conversation about how many bullets should go in a clip. It does need to have a conversation about how many parents should go in a family." I realize this makes everyone uncomfortable but it's the keystone to solving this problem, in my view.

DenisO said...

The subsidized "women's right to choose" and Planned Parenthood are moderating the population growth in Obamerica, or keeping it from running away, at least. The cities are dying, and there is no plan other than for the next election. "Give them what they want, as long as they vote for us."

Bad as this fascism is today, it is not new. Lincoln ignored the Constitution and Woodrow Wilson is considered the father of liberal fascism, as he was there to watch Lincoln, as a boy. Wilson term began 100 years ago, as we "celebrate" another inauguration. Wilson was the first to advocate for a "living constitution", one where he could be the judge of what it meant. Then there was Teddy Roosevelt and later, FDR, who went around the Constitution whenever they wanted to. Teddy Roosevelt just did what he wanted and waited for laws or the Courts to catch up with him. FDR was less "in-your-face, more diplomatic about it, but he acted as King. Teddy felt he could do whatever he wanted and bulled-ahead. Carter felt he knew best too, for some reason. Then the Clintons tried it, but were outgunned in Congress. So, the game of creating powers, never delegated to the President, continues with Obama's second term.
Fascism was born in Socialism; Communism began as socialism and became the hard-right tyranny that socialism naturally evolves into. The Left claims Fascism is right wing, but its history is seeped in Socialism, in every case. History and Science mean nothing to them, nor does Truth. The end justifies any means, so lying is a legitimate right, (if you mean well).

Today, Government bureaucrats are firing scientists who disagree with Agency policy based on make-believe science. The loyal local Demorats want the salmon freed, and their loyalty must be rewarded regardless of the truth or the needs of the State of California:

http://tiny.cc/4mq9qw

Denis

Keliata said...

Excellent once again.

Well with the Second Amendment slipping away at least the government can save a bit of money since it probably won't be sponsoring any gun buy backs. No more prepaid debit cards for people turning in guns.

Keliata said...

I agree with you anonymous. But even if that problem is adequately dealt with we will still be stuck with a society where a large segment of the population that has the attitude that having a low income or coming from a broken home or ten million other excuses justify violence.

OT: Interesting how nobody uses the very descriptive phrase broken home anymore:(

Anonymous said...

Daniel, you have given us another remarkable post. I don't know how you do it.

Common sense and facts are simply not used in any public policy today. The reason for that is neither generate money for those who want power and control. Emotion is the way to win the hearts and minds of the people who care nothing about philosophy, truth, reality, evidence, or historical reality as those are too difficult for the modern mind raised on 15 to 30-second soundbites and demanding instant gratification.

Of course in Obamerica, lying, criminal acts, vice and corruption are simply their ways. They are the "values" in that America. With those values, there cannot be a common sense, truthful, factual argument to persuade them to see their errors and so on we go to the time the entire nation is "transformed" into an unrecognizable, crumbling society of warring factions which will eventually be controlled by the dictator.

Elaine

Anonymous said...

Based on this Democrats should be prohibited from owning guns

Rivka, NYC said...

>>The legacy of Martin Luther King reminds us that a leader speaks difficult truths even to his own people. There are such leaders in the Black community today. Obama is not one of them.

Can you give me some names? I would love to read about their work, just to get a better feeling about the way this great country is heading.

Keliata said...

"Emotion is the way to win the hearts and minds of the people who care nothing about philosophy, truth, reality, evidence, or historical reality as those are too difficult for the modern mind raised on 15 to 30-second soundbites and demanding instant gratification."


That's true Elaine. Still, it is possible to kindle the heart and soul with genuine emotion (not sentimentality) without sacrificing philosophy, historical reality, logic, truth.

LOL. I am amazed at how object I can write offline inspite of being a very emotional and deeply spiritual person.


American values...troublesome. Values are relative these days. Few it seems value virtues such as loving others and G-d, honesty, altruism etc.

Keliata said...

Rivka:

Bill Cosby perhaps, though he's not technically a leader.

Meira Lettieri Kingberg said...

Thomas Sowell

Meira Lettieri Kingberg said...

I find it deeply disturbing that commenters claiming the high road are promoting the slaughter of innocent babies via abortion particularly since they are using an eugenics paradigm to choose who lives and who dies. That makes you no better than the historical monsters you claim to hate.

ericcs said...

Mr. Greenfield, perhaps you could be more specific regarding your comments guidelines. Thank you.

SFMEDIC said...

Meira Lettieri Kingberg.......you are way off base. Are you even sure which blog you are replying to?
I dont speak for everyone here but I would submit to you that the majority of commenters here are Christian Constitutionalist Conservatives and as a group we are vehemently opposed to abortion, planned parenthood, the slaughter of babies or whatever you chose to call it. It is the progressive, socialist Obamaites who support the eugenics you refer to.
Now answer this question I have, Why did the majority of American "Jews in Name Only" vote for Obama? Never mind DG already answered that very eloquently. Its because of the historical monsters we can so clearly see another rearing his head. Do you have your bags packed for the train yet?

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

I don't see a comment like that here, but I do know that there are people who are capable of making them.

I generally don't filter comments much, aside from things that are open calls for violence, but that doesn't mean I agree with what is said.

Anonymous said...

Excellent...once again.

thewholetruth said...

Great article! Keep it up. I'm with ya.

Dale Weeks said...

Well said!

I didn't vote for Obama four years ago but I had hopes he would be able to do something to heal the many ills of the "black community" in ways that only "the First Black President" could. instead he chose to capitalize on their angst and took the road of demagoguery rather than one of healing. As Mr. Greenfield says, leaders speak hard truths and, by this standard, the President is certainly not a leader. By glorifying the violent rapper culture, he is not only NOT confronting the gang problem, the broken black family problem and the myriad other serious problems confronting his "brothers and sisters", he's exacerbating them and further embedding them into the culture.

Anonymous said...

Awesome.

The last four paragraphs were particularly powerful because they were so direct to the point.

Dave said...

Meira Lettieri Kingberg, if that was a Thomas Sowell quote, then my apologies for not recognizing it as such. Without the context it sounded as if you were saying conservatives were supporters of abortion.

“Most people who read "The Communist Manifesto" probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of "the workers". -Thomas Sowell

1389 said...

It's time for the rest of us to force the large cities to secede. Kick 'em out. Let 'em try to survive on their own. Think of it as de-worming medicine.

Scott said...

1389 Pol Pot went that route and between that and the education camps he killed a third of Cambodia. I don't think that's the route to take.

justplainbill said...

Democracy has never worked, from Athens forward. Unfortunately, neither has this constitutional republic. See: www.justplainbill.wordpress.com and "The Albany Plan Re-Visited".

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