John Ransom

Wow, they really know how to celebrate Dependence Day in Chicago. Since the start of the holiday weekend, 14 people have been killed and 82 shot according to the Chicago Tribune. In other circumstances a death toll like that would be considered a mass shooting.

But since the dead just included minorities, mostly black on black crime, Democrats are eager to cover it up, ignore it, and just hope it’s a problem that dies on its own.

They can’t pander to it for gun control now that courts have forced the city to issue weapons permits; all they can do is try to prevent law-abiding citizens from taking the initiative and protecting themselves.

“A Gresham man fired on a group of people leaving a party,” says the Tribune, “only to be shot himself by one of the victims, a military service member with a concealed carry permit, authorities said.”

It was one bright spot for the law abiding in an otherwise very dependent Dependence Day weekend in the Windy City.

Because still, the city continues to stonewall issuing concealed carry permits. the paper reports. Meeting in secret, with no minutes, and no accountability, the review board in charge of issuing permits has rejected 800 applications with no reason given.

One rejected permit belonged to Michael Thomas, a black man, who routinely carried weapons in the military and has no criminal record.

“After taking a firearms training course, paying a host of fees, and submitting fingerprints for a background check that he ultimately passed, Michael Thomas was puzzled when he was notified earlier this year that a special review board had denied his application for a concealed carry license,” reports the Trib.

And make no mistake, it’s because he’s black that the permits have been denied in Chicago. And that’s because blacks in Chicago typically vote for Democrats, one of the vilest, most racist, most soul-killing expression of politics in our history.

And whatever else may be said about Democrats and Republicans when it comes to issues of race, I for one, am not willing to ignore the holocaust going on in the black communities in Chicago, or in other urban areas.

John Ransom

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