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Chicago has won the race nobody wants to win. In one bloody weekend, the windy city has recorded its 500th murder.
While the murder rate is lower than it was last year, that’s no comfort to the ten people killed last weekend, including three gang members shot with a high-powered rifle, and two pregnant women. More people are killed every month in Chicago than U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2015.
A pregnant woman was injured in a shooting on Chicago’s South Side early Saturday, according to police, the second pregnant woman shot in less than 36 hours of violence across the city.
A woman expecting a child was one of four people found dead in a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds in the city’s Brighton Park neighborhood Friday night.
Seven months into 2017, the city’s police department had “cleared” fewer than 20 percent of murder investigations involving homicides that had taken place since Jan. 1, adding to a recent dip amid a decades-long trend of unsolved homicides in the city, according to the police data studied by crime analyst Jeff Asher.
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A homicide is considered cleared when an offender is arrested, charges are filed, or when the suspect is dead or has fled the country. Asher’s figures are based on cases closed in the same calendar year in which they occurred.
A 20-year-old man became the 500th homicide victim in Chicago on Sept. 17, 2017, when he was shot at the intersection of West 24th Street and South Western Avenue. The shooting victim was later pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital
Karen Leahy, who lives down the street, had just driven through the intersection from shopping at a local grocery store. She was stunned to find out that she had missed the shooting by a few minutes.
“I’m freaking out because I just went through here,” she said.
— David Higgins (@dhiggins63) September 18, 2017
Guys, what's going on in #Chicago? 500 homicides in 9.5 months is way too many. Not sure how to stop this violence…
— Beth Hart (@Hart_Beth) September 18, 2017
It’s really unconscionable that a city like Chicago, with some of the strictest gun laws in America, can’t keep gang members from self-destructing in spasms of violence. Perhaps Mayor Rahm Emanuel should talk to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani about the best way to clean up his city. President Trump may be correct: sending in the feds might be just what Chicago needs to stem a flood of violence unseen since Prohibition.
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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