If you are not a part of the gun community, it is a good chance you don’t understand the fact that guns do not equate to violence. The term “gun violence” really means that violence is being caused by guns. Violence is caused by evil people. Evil is the problem. People that have no regard for life is the manifestation of that evil. People that will murder others for territory, being “disrespected”, wearing the wrong “colors,” or competition in the illicit drug trade are criminals. We can’t legislate behavior. Gun control doesn’t work because criminals don’t follow the rules by definition. Criminals don’t buy their guns from gun stores and go through the process of a background check that can discover them. They steal guns. They buy them from other criminals. They take them from others. And they buy them on the black market.
Politicians know this. They are highly educated. They have the police or armed security protecting them. But they also know that people who are not in the gun community are easily manipulated by the rhetoric. Guns are a hot button topic. There are people with a phobia against firearms (hoplophobia). They have found that the easiest way to appear effective is to blame “the Gun” for the violence perpetuated by drug dealers and gangs. The gun can’t cry racism. The gun won’t vote against you. The gun is a symbol. Politicians can propose the ban on some item in the gun realm and if passed, it appears like a win. They have proposed the bans of guns with, bayonet lugs, bullet buttons, standard capacity magazines, particular ammunition, sights, triggers, color, stock, place of origin, and material. None of these things have stopped a crime or save the life of a child. The successful passage of these laws has helped the politician though.
We don’t have gun problem in America. We have a sin problem.
We collectively don’t want to be personally responsible for our actions Many of us have become professional victims. Since it is not politically correct to blame someone that is disadvantaged by race, social or economic status we blame the gun.
Who wants violence? More laws do not stop crime. It is already against the law to murder.
So what is happening in the place, immortalized by Jim Croce in 1973, (Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown).
Well on the South side of Chicago,
Is the baddest part of town,
And if you go down there,
You better just beware…
In Chicago, since the days of Al Capone, violence and gang warfare has been in the news. Since the 1990’s groups like the Gangsta Disciples, Vice Lords, The Black Disciples and the Latin Kings are the prominent gangs with even more splintered groups in between. Why do kids join a gang?
“They join for protection and status and reputation.” “Reputation is a form of capital. – Eddie Bocanegra, executive director of the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative.
Roughly 90 percent of this gun violence, police say, flows from gangs. And the rivalry that police say led to Nelson’s death reflects the changing nature of criminal organizations in Chicago. Massive gangs like the Gangster Disciples and the Black Disciples used to operate with a corporate-like hierarchy and business planning, but aggressive federal prosecutions and the teardown of public housing splintered and scattered the gangs.
Chicago’s modern history of gang violence, especially on its West and South sides, goes back to the 1960s. (As bad as 2016 is, the total number of murders will still be well below the over 900 annual murders in the early 1990s.) But over the past year, two things have accelerated the attacks, according to social workers and law enforcement authorities. Budget cuts reduced the number of anti-violence social workers who once cooled the simmering feuds, and a series of deadly police shootings and alleged misconduct by police have torpedoed the relationship between cops and residents.
Over the past 18 months, the drawdown of police and social workers has led to an explosion of violence not seen in almost 20 years—in August, 90 people were killed. It’s as if Chicago pulled its firefighters off a massive blaze and now residents are watching the flames engulf the entire city.
It isn’t just Chicago. Some 80 percent of the nation’s largest cities and half the country’s suburbs report significant gang problems. But Chicago’s gangs are different. First, there’s the scale of the problem. With some 100,000 documented gang members, Chicago has more gang members than any other city with the possible exception of Los Angeles. (Researchers estimate that gangs account for at least half the homicides in those two cities, a number so large that together they make up about 20 percent of all gang-related homicides nationwide.)
Last year, Chicago experienced a spike in homicides that brought national—indeed international—media attention. The 15th District’s murder rate surged in 2012, due in part to a feud that broke out within one of the area’s largest gangs, the Four Corner Hustlers, a faction of the Gangster Disciples that controls the area’s lucrative marijuana trade. Most police departments would have responded by “flooding the zone” with additional officers, a tactic known as “hot spot” policing, and perhaps targeting the Four Corner Hustlers for narcotics operations. In fact, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) has done just that. But it’s also doing something far more unusual. It’s figuring out exactly who is likeliest to kill and be killed in each district.
Today, the Chicago Police Department is doing something similar with gangs. Using a tool academics call “network analysis,” the CPD is mapping the relationships among Chicago’s 14,000 most active gang members. It’s also ranking how likely those people are to be involved in a homicide, either as victims or offenders. In the process, the CPD has discovered something striking: Cities don’t so much have “hot spots” as “hot people.” That finding is transforming the way the police do business in Chicago and has significant implications for how other cities should be policed.
“Many guys have allowed their economic desperation to cause them to resort to these measures. The economy is terrible, especially in African-American neighborhoods.”
“These groups have agency. They have structure. And it’s not random. That is, gangs don’t necessarily know why, generation after generation, they shoot one another.
“All of the violence is rooted in the illegal drug economy,”
Suppressors / Silencer
When I worked for the government, I got a chance to test fire one of these relics.
Now having seen how good a suppressed firearm has evolved, I want one. The one by SilencerCo is number one on my list.
From my friend CC at Media Day at the Range 2017.
SilencerCo has yet to release detail on exactly how quiet the Maxim 9’s report is, but from shooting videos recently posted it certainly meets the claim to be “hearing safe.” SilencerCo says it has already begun distributing pistols to dealers and are aiming for the pistol to go on sale in April. With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,499, plus an additional $200 tax stamp, the Maxim 9 is not a rival to the polymer pistol market, but its unique selling point and the increasing popularity of suppressors makes it an interesting prospect.
The pistol uses a proprietary delayed blowback action with a fixed barrel; it does not have a recoiling slide like conventional pistols. Instead, it has a breech block, which runs on two guide rods that connect to the barrel housing. Like most modern pistols, SilencerCo has moved away from manual safeties and opted for a trigger-blade safety. It also made the smart choice of having its pistol feed from readily available Glock magazines rather than a proprietary one. Interestingly, the Maxim 9 has a Keymod attachment point, commonly seen in rifles, rather than an integrated rail. It also has a red-dot mounting point cut into the suppressor assembly above the barrel. With the weapon’s fixed barrel, this provides a stable mounting point that will retain zero.
SilencerCo has launched the Maxim 9 in line with its #FightThe Noise campaign calling for the lift of restrictions against civilian ownership of suppressors. The campaign has been part of the push to pass the Hearing Protection Act, which was recently reintroduced to Congress, by Republican Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho. The legislation has garnered media attention due its support from Donald Trump Jr., who has publicly advocated for the deregulation of suppressors. “It’s about safety,” Trump Jr. said in a September video interview with the founder of SilencerCo. “It’s a health issue, frankly.”
While the Maxim 9 appears bulky and muzzle heavy, when compared to a conventional pistol equipped with a suppressor, it is dramatically shorter. In its short configuration, the Maxim 9 is comparable to the overall length of a Glock 17L. The suppressor does add weight, with the Maxim 9 weighing 37 or 39 ounces unloaded, depending on configuration. The pistols balance is apparently surprisingly good with the weight of the action offsetting the weight of suppressor.
Recently retired UFC middleweight fighter Tim Kennedy is interviewed by Michael J. Woodland. timkennedymma.com Mr. Kennedy is a firearms instructor and combatives instructor now and shares some great insight into both worlds as a US Army veteran. https://sheepdogresponse.com
Good job Mike.
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