Obama Returns To Chicago: Gun Control Utopia—Or Black Dystopia?

Paul Kersey, VDARE, February 14, 2013

President Barack Obama has been chided for failing to keep his promise to visit the South Side of Chicago, which he dubbed “his Kennebunkport,” every six to eight weeks, [Obama’s Chicago visits: Mixed feelings on infrequency of trips home, By Katherine Skiba and Becky Schlikerman, Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2011] But on Friday (February 15) he returns to one of the largest concentrations of black people in the world to push for more gun control. [Obama coming to Chicago to ‘talk about the gun violence’, By Ellen Jean Hirst, Naomi Nix and Jennifer Delgado,Chicago Tribune, February 11, 2013]

Obama will use the gun violence in Chicago, in particular the murder of 15-year-old Chicago public school “honor student” Hadiya Pendleton, whose majorette squad had participated in Obama’s inauguration festivities a few days earlier, as a symbol for restricting firearms all over America. Pendleton was gunned down not far from the Chicago residence of America’s First Family. Her four-hour funeral was attended by the First Lady herself. [Hadiya Pendleton funeral: Joyous memories, bitter facts about gun violence, By Dahleen Glanton and Bridget Doyle, Chicago Tribune, February 9, 2013] and Obama invited Cleopatra Pendleton, Hadiya’s mother, to Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

But the violence in Chicago and the “random” shooting of Pendleton—just one of the 51 homicide victims and 185+ gunshot victims in the city of Chicago in 2013 as of February 14—are a fatally flawed symbol of the need to force the American people to surrender the Second Amendment and their right to bear arms.

No—rather, the South Side of Chicago and the condition of the almost entirely black community there instead symbolizes why the Second Amendment must be protected at all costs.

Recall that Chicago was one of the first major cities to eliminate its citizens’ right to purchase handguns—in 1982, its city council passed what amounted to the strictest gun control laws in America. This coincided with Chicago’s black population overtaking the white population for the first time in the city’s history. Chicago was more than 85 percent white in the 1950s, but massive migration of blacks from the South and white flight from the city reshaped the demographics of Chicagoland.

It is the black population’s propensity to commit robberies, assaults, and murder using guns—even though they are illegal in Chicago—that threatens to destabilize the city, scaring away tourists, driving away capital investment, aborting gentrification. (There’s a riveting account of this mayhem in Sudhir Venkatesh’s 2008 book Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets).

This is a city where

  • 94 percent of the gunmen who shot and wounded someone in 2012 got away without criminal charges [Most Shooters In Chicago Don’t Face Charges, By Mark Konkol, DNAinfo January 24, 2013]. (The number was 91.5 percent in 2011).
  • the embattled Chicago Police Department will no longer respond to pesky 9-1-1 calls that merely report “criminal damage to property, vehicle thefts, garage burglaries, or other crimes in which the suspect is no longer on the scene, and the victim isn’t in immediate danger” [Chicago Police Changing Response Plan For Some 911 Calls, CBS Chicago, February 4, 2013] in a bid to free up additional officers to patrol, ahem, majority black areas of the city.
  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson—when he isn’t calling gun rights supporters “domestic terrorists” – is calling for theDepartment of Homeland Security to patrol the streets.

Incredibly, the death toll by murder in Chicago over the past decade is greater than the number of American soldiers who have died in Afghanistan since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom:

Of the victims of murder in Chicago from 2003 to 2011, an average of 77 percent had a prior arrest history, with a high of 79 percent of the 436 murdered in Chicago in 2010 having arrest histories.

For the same 2003-2011 period, blacks were the victims of 75 percent of 4,265 murders. Blacks also were the offenders in 75 percent of the murders.

According to 2010 U.S. Census information, Chicago has a population of 2,695,598 people. The city is 33 percent black, 32 percent white (not Hispanic), and 30 percent Hispanic or Latino in origin.

For the 2003-2011 period, whites were nearly 6 percent of the victims and accused of carrying out 4 percent of the murders.

For the 2003-2011 period, Hispanics or Latinos were 19 percent of the victims and 20 percent of the offenders.

Chicago murders top Afghanistan death toll | City where no handgun purchases allowed sets pace for violence, By Mihcael Thompson, WND, January 16, 2013

The plain and unspeakable truth is that it is the black population itself that is responsible for creating conditions where law-abiding citizens flee and where 15-year-old girl can be shot walking home from school. But not only is this truth unspeakable, it is literally inverted in the MSM. Thus columnist Susan Reimer (email her) recently racialized the gun control debate by lamenting that “angry white men” showed up a debate in Prince George’s County and contributed their voice to a national dialogue that should properly ensure they have no voice at all.

But [Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley’s] opponents — primarily white men, and a few white women — continued to mutter and grumble loudly in discontent….

I was surprised at the way the African-Americans were taking the punches. According to the U.S. Justice Department, 51 percent of those killed by guns between 1980 and 2008 were black, yet African-Americans make up only about 13 percent of the population. Where is the righteous anger?…

Gun violence is a scourge in so many black communities, families, churches, schools. It is the leading cause of death among young black men. And yet it seemed those in the audience Tuesday night were willing to let those angry white men, with their National Rifle Association talking points, hijack the conversation.

[Rage and resignation at the gun control town hall: Susan Reimer says angry white men are having their say on the gun issueBaltimore Sun, February 6, 2013]:

Because of black dysfunction that is threatening to turn cities likeChicago and Baltimore into Detroit, law-abiding citizens must disarm. That’s the logic of Susan Reimer. And Barack Obama.

If you really want to see the State of the Union in 2013, go look to Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago.

But, remember, if you get mugged, dialing 9-1-1 will no longer generate a response from city’s police.

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  • Shattered

    Obama wants to seriously undermine the 2nd amendment for 311 million Americans because a small number of non-white gangmembers don’t follow existing gun laws, a handful of modern liberal Democrats didn’t practice gun safety in their home, and two or three government false flag operations occurred to drive the undermining of the 2nd amendment for all Americans. Just say no to drugs and just say no to Obama and your Democrat legislatures.

    • Old Soldier

      If you believe this, you have seriously missed the point. Obama and his ilk want to completely disarm the citizenry of this country. Vicious criminals and insane murderers are absolutely essential to this effort. Democrats rejoice every time another one makes the news.

  • WmarkW

    By Heather MacDonald at SecularRight.org

    Mass shootings, especially mass shootings of school children, are exceedingly rare. … The most common gun violence, by contrast, is drearily predictable and is the source on average of nearly ten thousand homicides a year.

    While it is unclear how to prevent mass shootings–short of the unlikely event of removing all guns from the public—we know how to reduce urban violence: data-driven, proactive policing. New York has brought crime and homicide down an unmatched 80% since the early 1990s by identifying crime hot spots through the rigorous analysis of crime data, encouraging officers to lawfully use their discretion to question people about suspicious behavior, and
    holding police commanders accountable for crime on their watch.

    • IstvanIN

      How much does NY cook the books?

  • sonofagun

    the black kids in chicago shooting each other are 14 and 17 years old. not even old enough to buy a gun regardless of their background. it shows that liberals are stupid as well as mentally ill. laughable. liberals make me sick. gun control. now you can print a gun with a 3d printer. gun control.

    • Anon

      It’s alot more basic than that. The types of crimes you are talking about, common kitchen knives, bats, hammers and the like are used three times more often than guns.

      Are guns an important part of the equation, no. Say you successfully strip these little cannibals of their POS gun. The very first thing they are going to do is go down to Walmart and buy a 99cent butcher knife……and then get on with the violence.

      Something like a 3d printer gun is way outside their skillset. It’s whites who will be making such guns. But not really. Millions have garage machine shops all over the US and, for example, the AK-47 is the worlds most popular and plentiful weapon because it is easy and cheap to stamp out of basic sheet iron.

      Make guns illegal and there will be bootleg machineguns in every neighborhood being produced…yeehaw.

      • CoweringCoward

        You said it, I have cranked out my share for sure. (all 922R compliant, big sis)
        It’s the ammo end where the problem will be.

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    • a multiracial individual

      Are you the one who has kidnapped the moderators?

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  • The__Bobster

    Libtards like Cowhead O’Donnell are always whining about how many “children” get shot every year, leaving out the fact that almost all of the victims are criminals themselves

  • HamletsGhost

    “Gun violence is a scourge in so many black communities”

    Try it vice versa:

    Black violence is a scourge in so many gun communities.

    Still works, eh?

    • liberalsuck

      if we disarmed blacks, we’d be accused of racism. If let had blacks have guns and they are irresponsible with them, then we get accused of letting blacks kill each other like Harry Belafonte did. Can’t win with these people.

    • Tom_in_Miami

      How about “Black gun violence is a scourge in cities with strict gun control laws and lots of blacks.”

  • anarchyst

    Gun control advocates consider any criminal up to the age of 26 a teenager. This is how they (attempt to) skew the “statistics”. Remember–“figures lie and liars figure”.

    • Remember, 26 is just a “child” because of ObamaCare. Because…every 26-year old is in grad school trying to get a Masters Degree in Vietnamese poetry.

      • a multiracial individual

        In 20-25 years, a lot of bitter parents will be insisting that their children major in a STEM discipline. When that happens there will still be more degrees than jobs (admittedly less so). I fail to see how an unemployed mathematician or chemist is better than an unemployed historian or sociologist.

        • GeneticsareDestiny

          There are already more people graduating with STEM degrees than there are jobs, though the problem is not nearly as large as it is with Humanities degrees.

          The H1B racket isn’t helping, either. Now, a white American graduate with a STEM degree has to compete with Indians and Bangladeshis who are willing to work a high-level job for $20,000 a year or less.

      • blight14

        My goodness, the career opportunities with a degree like that would be limitless…..lol

  • Anon

    The irony of this is pretty thick. You see, Chicago is one of the areas of the country that has been targeted by mestizos for ethnic cleansing. They are systematically murdering blacks all over that area in order to drive them out and take over.

    Resistance of over ethnic cleansing is pretty high on my list of reasons guns need to be legal.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Your source for that information.

      • Bobbala

        It’s just all over.

  • a multiracial individual

    “During the 1960s, Chinatown was the part of San Francisco with the most unemployment and poverty, the highest rates of tuberculosis, the least education, and the most substandard housing. Nevertheless, in 1965, only FIVE people of Chinese ancestry went to jail in the whole state of California”

    – Jared Taylor, Paved with Good Intentions, Pg. 111

    I wish someone could dig up the homicide rates in these old Chinatowns.

    • David Ashton

      The Chinese can be quite violent inside their own “walled gardens”.

      • a multiracial individual

        China has a homicide rate of 1 per 100,000. As has been well documented by Phillipe Rushton, East Asians are less prone to violence than Whites, and Whites are (significantly) less prone to violence than Blacks.

        • Timothy

          Your generalizations are demonstrably incorrect.

          • a multiracial individual

            They are not mine. If the wise J.P Rushton was still with us you would have to take it up with him.

          • JohnEngelman

            Well then demonstrate it then. Where is your documentation?

        • JohnEngelman

          a multiracial individual,

          Keep posting. Your voice is needed here.

      • Jefferson

        China has a lower per capita murder rate than most White countries.

      • JohnEngelman

        An assertion like requires documentation.

    • newscomments70

      Asian gangs in California are notorious for extortion rackets…including Chinatown in San Francisco. They threaten to kill or mutiliate you if you don’t give the a percentage of your profits. Chinese gangs also focus on drugs and prostitution. Asian gangs have a presence in all California prisons. The violence started in the 70s and continues to escalate. Vietnamese gangs are extremely violent. Drive-by shootings are common in their cities and neighborhoods. In Westminster, CA, You can see the bullet holes in their shops yourself, if you have a visit. Also, try dating one of their young women…you will receive death threats. Two Mexican friends of mine told me the same story after they tried this. If you visit the Cambodian area of Long Beach, you will see Cambodian “youths” with their hands on the wall, being frisked by police. It’s so common to see this, it’s a joke amongst other Asians.

      “Nevertheless, in 1965, only FIVE people of Chinese ancestry went to jail in the whole state of California” It’s not 1965 anymore…I wish it were.

      • a multiracial individual

        southeast asians are a more violent asian group. just like russians are a more violent white group.

    • JohnEngelman

      I do not think there is much to dig up.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Yeah, looks like evil whites are giving poor good blacks all these guns which poor good blacks use to kill each other because white people are evil and done them wrong.

    What powerful and irrefutable logic. How can one argue against that, eh?


  • refocus
  • Back in the early days of Ye Olde Internets, fresh off Al Gore inventing it, which were also the early days of the website of the Council of Conservative Citizens, they had an article, the author’s name was Jennifer Passiamore (sp?).

    The contention of the article was this: If some “humanitarian” ultra-intelligent extraterrestrial beings suddenly came close enough to Earth to both rid the world of all deadly weapons, including firearms, and also re-programmed human brains to forget how to re-invent them, then white people would be at a significant disadvantage in the new world. The reason is that blacks gang up and use their fists and feet, while whites go it alone or in way-too-small groups, and that she was not optimistic that in such a “new world,” whites would ever “get it” to start doing likewise to the extent they would need to to control blacks.

    • HamletsGhost

      Firearms are a defensive tool for whites to defend themselves. It allows even a solitary, elderly white man to hold off an entire pack of feral blacks. That’s why liberals are so hot to ban them and strip one of the last defenses whites have.

      But we wouldn’t even need guns if we had our old racial sense back that has been quashed by our overlords. If 1,000 unarmed whites went up against 1,000 unarmed blacks, the whites would still win. We have more organizational talent and leadership ability as well as more heroism and intelligence that could win any brawl with the boolies.

      To go on offense, we’re going to need to get that ol’ time mojo back.

      • I remember from the essay that the author was not enthusiastic about white people “getting their mojo back” in these hypothetical circumstances, and listed a few good reasons why.

  • Dave4088

    The murder rate in Chicago compared to the death toll in Afghanistan proves that if you swapped the black population of Chicago for the Afghan mujahideen that crime in the windy city would decrease. Think about that for a minute.

    Columnist Susan Reimer, in typical loony leftist fashion, turns the problem of black gun violence into a diatribe against so called angry white men which is just a pejorative that lefties use to disparage white males who still honor the Constitution.

    • Puggg

      What’s worse is that the Afghan Muj are actually trying to be violent because they think they have a justifiable reason to be violent, to “resist crusader occupation.” Meanwhile, the blacks in Chicago are just loafing and not even trying, and Chicago is STILL more violent than Afghanistan.

      • dukem1

        Blacks are the most talented people in the world.
        Just look at all the murders they can commit without even trying!

        • Katherine McChesney

          They’re very talented at being failures, aren’t they?

  • Thor Bonham

    Photo op …

  • I grew up in Upstate New York and have been around rifles all my life. Once, before I retired, a group of us at work were talking about some recent gun violence here in Chicago. One of my co-workers was surprised that I believed that what is needed is more gun education rather than more laws. He looked at me and said, “Well, you’ve never shot one of these semi-automatic rifles, have you?”

    Now it was my chance to be surprised and I said, “I was in the US Army Infantry for two miserable years.” (In fact, I had shot semi-automatic hunting rifles and 22’s long before that.)

    This incident made me realize how little many White urban professionals know about guns; yet they are so willing to expound their ignorance far and wide.

    • I guess I’ll have to plead guilty to that charge a little bit. Until the NRA convention came to St. Louis last year, I thought “Sig Sauer” was a brand of sauerkraut.

      • Dr. X

        “Sig-Sauer” is the merger of two European gun companies — Switzerland’s “Suisse Industrie Gesellschaft” and Austria’s J.P. Sauer and Son. If you know well the Swiss manufacture watches, you know how well they manufacture guns.

  • Jefferson

    Even though Whites in Chicago live in close proximity to some of the most violent Blacks in the world, Chicago Whites are still overwhelmingly liberal.

    Living in a city with a large population of violent Black thugs has not made Chicago Whites more conservative.

    So that destroys the myth that Whites become more conservative if they live in close proximity to Blacks.

    Whites in North Dakota for example are on average more conservative than Whites in Chicago, and North Dakota has very few people that look like Christopher Dorner and Trayvon Martin.

    White North Dakotans not being exposed to urban inner city Blacks has not turned most of them into hardcore liberals who believe that 99 percent of Black men behave like Thomas Sowell and Bill Cosby.

    • Alex

      In all fairness, the Whites who are overwhelmingly liberal, are not from the city originally (there are exceptions like Oak Park, IL). The brainwashing was pretty effective in their “education” and most of the ethnic Whites who live anywhere near blacks are pretty realistic about their capacity for violence and MANY inherent flaws. These White people have been continously getting displaced in Chicago.

      • Viking_61


        Whites who are long time residents of Chicago, especially those who have to work hard for a living and not those trust fund hipster types, are some of the most racially aware folks in Chicago. Most of the Marxist hipster types who are ignorant of black dysfunction come from Midwest college towns.

        The most liberal parts (and the nicest parts) of Chicago are awash with liberal arts degree, twenty-somethings who hail from places like Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. They come to Chicago fresh out of the Marxist classrooms of state universities.

  • John W

    Among the Majority population in the American Heartland (quite a bit of it yet in small towns,
    villages, small cities ) by far the most common use of guns “violative of the common civility”
    is the brandishing of a gun–often shotgun or handgun–by a “good guy” to thwart the illegal activity of a “bad guy”. The head of the NRA is corrrect: In America, the most immediate solution to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Very very few of these positive outcomes of brandishing a firearm are ever brought to the attention of authorities and certainly not of the media. In our area it has been revealed that on-duty police officers were being sent
    out upon request to give “gun violence” presentations to civic groups, etc. When it was suggested that NRA input be obtained, the police appear to have put the whole matter on hold.
    But all that is at issue is whether a presentation by on-duty police would be a prepared menu (somewhat spoon fed by officers that cost the taxpayers about $17 a MINUTE to keep on duty)
    or a full buffet line of the varied viewpoints and facts from which people can relate to what
    is relevant to their views and values and information gaps. Policing the police about gun

    • Very very few of these positive outcomes of brandishing a firearm are
      ever brought to the attention of authorities and certainly not of the

      Some time ago, and not long after I got my first carry permit, I came to the conclusion that if I ever have to brandish to deter a violent crime, and the thugs just ran off, (and presumably they would be black), and nobody shot anybody, I would shut up, never say anything and never call the cops. Because doing so would create a paper trail which would lead to cracker jack box theology degree black reverends protesting in front of my house. What it would also mean is that a crime known in most states as attempted aggravated assault, and also in Missouri is classified as armed criminal action (a catch all violent crime that involves committing any violent crime with any deadly weapon, unique to Missouri), would never be recorded in any crime stats.

      If I’ve internalized this course of action in my own head, how many other people with carry permits have done the same? Therefore, the logical induction is this: How many times has this actually occurred? Which begs the next question: How many attempted aggravated assaults / armed criminal action actually did occur but will never show up in NCIC?

  • anarchyst

    Most “beat cops” have no problem with average citizens defending themselves with firearms. It is the “big city police chiefs” that are politically appointed that are anti-self protection. Those of us who defend the Second Amendment are the only ones that have been demonized, marginalized and otherwise “looked down upon” by those who would (attempt to) disarm us. When the SHTF (and it will), liberals of all stripes will be seeking “help” from us patriots; hopefully. “help” for them will not be forthcoming. . .they will reap what they have sown.
    Remember, it’s about CONTROL, not guns.
    “Those who pound their swords into plowshares will (be forced to) plow for those who will not”.

  • anarchyst

    Supporters of the Second Amendment and law-abiding citizens are the only groups that are marginalized, ostracized, and otherwise “made to pay” for the actions of criminals. This “pre-emptive” persecution is extremely corrosive to ALL of the Constitutional principles . . .
    Imagine making First Amendment supporters “pay” for the abuses of the First Amendment with “waiting periods” before articles can be submitted, no more than one article per month published, licensing of all “journalists” and “mass media” organizations and licensing and restrictions on the use of mass media equipment. . . yes we could have a “field day” with this. All of the above are proposed for the Second Amendment supporters by those in the so-called mass media” Turnabout would indeed be “fair play”.

    • PesachPatriot

      This is a great post….words can be far more dangerous than responsibly owned firearms…words, not guns have started pretty much every war in recorded human history and as much as I love and cherish the first amendment I think there are many people who use it as a legal means to sling mud at others without regard for truth, civility or decorum….I always used to trash talk my dad as a teenager and then claim first amendment protections made the inevitable grounding unconstitutional.

      The great defender of civil liberties mr. joseph stalin(sarcasm) had a great quote “Ideas are far more dangerous than guns…We would not allow our enemies to have guns, why we should we let them have ideas?”

  • D

    give all blacks a gun and weeks the will kill each other, and thats a good thing

  • Dr. X

    There is a 100% correlation between forced racial integration and affirmative action and gun control by Democratic Party administrations. From LBJ we got the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Gun Control Act of 1968. From Clinton, the “first black president,” we got the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 — right after the Los Angeles Race Riots of 1992. And from Obama we are getting the next round of gun control.

    Fact is for the last fifty years it has been the policy of the Democratic Party to disarm whites and then force defenseless whites to integrate with black criminal savages. The goal of the Democratic Party is to spread the cancer of Detroit, Chicago, Compton, and Washington D.C. to every community in America, enabling the metastasis to kill the nation so it can be re-founded in the image of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

  • Pelayo

    I wish that he’d go back to Chicago and stay there.

  • Tom_in_Miami

    Why is “honor student” in quotation marks?

  • Tom_in_Miami

    “Teen killed hours after sister heard Obama’s speech.” Shows how much good it does for the president to say “[…they] need to cut down on street violence.” Note, “cut down,” not STOP street violence. But, hey, at least the baby has a big family to provide support. The families have no shortage of support, but no mention of a father, of course.


  • JohnEngelman

    One of the few social experiments in the United States that actually worked was the tripling of the prison population since 1980. The crime rate declined by one third since then.



    The high cost of incarceration can be reduced by the thorough exploitation of prison labor, the frequent use of capital and corporeal punishment, and an end to educational and recreational facilities. Criminals have done nothing to earn educational and recreational opportunities. They have debts to pay society.