Were gun control advocates serious about stopping gun crime, making it illegal for black people to own guns (and coming down harshly on those who illegally possess guns in the black community) would instantly remove the primary reason for white flight from a city such as Gary, Indiana.
Such a sane policy would save thousands upon thousands of black lives each year (gunned down by other blacks), and - more importantly - allow for actual wealth to be created with white people able to put down roots in a community, instead of abandoning neighborhoods every generation when the scenario mentioned in the first paragraph inevitably occurs.
Instead, our government actively passes laws to take guns away from the law-abiding, fails to aggressively target black communities in cities like Chicago, Newark, and Baltimore where illegal guns flourish, and does every thing imaginable to destroy white communities and neighborhoods (untold wealth has been lost since the declaring of restrictive covenants unconstitutional).
And what are we left with, with these policies? [Sheriff, Gary mayor call for the wrecking ball against crime, NWITimes.com, 9-17-13]:
Why not just make guns illegal for black people to own in Gary?Lake County Sheriff John Buncich has joined the mayor in asking the state to help demolish an estimated 10,000 abandoned houses and commercial buildings that have become havens for criminals.
Buncich made public Wednesday a letter he sent to Gov. Mike Pence asking for state help in controlling a spike in Gary street violence that has left 40 dead this year so far.
"In many cases, vacant properties are used for illicit gang and drug activities and are also a danger to the residents within these neighborhoods. In my opinion, one major step to help fight crime in the City of Gary, short of additional state police deployment, would be to demolish and eradicate many of these abandoned buildings," he wrote.
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who called in July for state help in dealing with the spike in street violence, said Wednesday she has made the same plea downstate to the National Guard in Indianapolis earlier this year.
"The sheriff and I talk often, and we are thinking along the same lines," the mayor said.
The Indiana State Police, the U.S. attorney's office; Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force; Lake County HIDTA; the Lake County prosecutor; Michigan City police; Marion County Sheriff's Department; and Porter County Sheriff's Department met last month with city officials to assess what the city's needs are.
Buncich said county police officers perform routine patrols in Gary, and department gang intelligence and drug enforcement investigators also assist the city.
He said even if state police deploy some of their troopers to Gary, it would probably be for a limited period. Former governor Evan Bayh sent 50 state police troopers to Gary to patrol its streets during the last three months of 1995.
"I feel that by deploying National Guard personnel to this task, you would provide a cooperative sense of hope and encouragement to not only the citizens of Gary, but the entire County of Lake," Buncich wrote.
Mayor Freeman Wilson said as many as 10,000 homes in Gary have long been abandoned by their owners. That figure would represent one in four of the city's entire housing stock, according to the U.S. Census.
The decline in steel industry jobs reduced Gary's peak population of 178,320 in 1960 to just more than 80,000 now.
The Indiana National Guard Unit did demolish several dozen suspected drug houses in Gary in 1997 under a special $2.3 million federal grant.
The mayor said, "To have them come up now and do maybe 500 to 1,000 would be awesome.
"Today, I was in an area called to my attention by (Gary Councilwoman) Carolyn Rogers, where an entire block of eight one-story, slab houses are all abandoned on 19th Avenue near Central Avenue. It would be easy to come in and do all eight in a weekend, with one of the companies," the mayor said."This area is behind the Dorie Miller Housing development, where we already have challenges and it's just down the street from an area where neighbors keep their homes in a pristine manner," she said.
White people might move back to the city, considering it's a city that whites abandoned decades ago because of the legitimate fear of being the victim of random black crime.
The NRA, in working to protect gun-rights for all Americans, actually works to kill American cities like Gary and Indianapolis (where almost all homicides by guns and nonfatal shootings involve a black suspect); guns do make us safer, but when you combine guns and black people you get unsafe streets and eventually 'blight' where neighborhoods once thrived. [The Island of Gary: Guns or laws, which protects us better?, WBEZ.org, 4-8-2013]:
In the black communities of Indiana, you do get similar homicide and nonfatal statistics to Chicago.Recording more than 100 murders in one year from gun violence was routine in Gary during the 1990s, making the city one of the deadliest cities in America for its size.
Gary officials had asked for tougher gun restrictions within city limits. But the state of Indiana, which is run by NRA-supported Republican lawmakers had refused to enforce those laws. They even passed a state law overriding any local gun bans.
That upset people like Ruben Gonzalez, 47, who says in his experience living in Gary, gun violence is never far away. He had personally been affected.He had friends and relatives get shot. And he worried about his own safety.
“Every time you walk out your doors, I hate to say it, (you’re) preparing yourself not to come home sometimes because some of the violence that goes on,” Gonzalez said. “It doesn’t even have nothing to do with you. It’s because of how these guys are feeling inside.”
Most recently, Gonzalez added two more names to those close to him who were shot and killed.Brothers ShaQwone Ham, 19 and Charles Wood, 18, were longtime neighbors of Gonzalez. Gonzalez went to high school with the teens’ mother, Shalonda.
Dr. Vernon Smith has represented Gary in the Indiana House for the last 23 years. He has a hypothesis on why Indiana’s gun laws are the way they are.
“If there was ever a state that was owned totally by the NRA, Indiana is one,” Smith said. “Indiana has constantly protected the NRA and carried out the NRA’s agenda.”
In the past, Smith introduced bills requiring background checks at gun shows or training for gun owners, all of which never got a hearing.
But in a session taking place during such fervor for new gun laws, Smith was hopeful.
He’s pushing a new bill to outlaw semi-automatic weapons and high capacity ammunition in all of Indiana.
“I did think that it would be vetted,” Smith said. “It didn’t happen, didn’t happen!”
Karen Freeman Wilson sees the local versus state law debate from two sides. As a former Indiana Attorney General, she’s been the enforcer. And now as the Mayor of Gary, who has to live under those restrictions.
“At some point, they really do have to understand local communities knows what’s best for local residents, especially when you have a polarized general assembly like we have,” Freeman Wilson said.
Polarized, she says, in terms of urban versus rural and even conservative Republican Southern Indiana versus heavily Democratic Northwest Indiana.
“There are many who fail to identify with Northwest Indiana as a whole,” Freeman Wilson said. “They treat us like we are a foreign zone.”
But another top Indiana Republican House member, Jim Lucas says it’s not north versus south, it’s law abiding versus the criminal.
“Why do we want to regulate legal, law abiding citizens access to best means to defend themselves against people who have no regard for laws,” Lucas said. “Against bad guys with guns, the best defense is good guys with guns.”
Lucas even pointed to Chicago’s rash of gun violence as a reason restrictive laws don’t work.
Illinois does not, as of this publication date, grant concealed carry permits although a federal appeals court is urging it to pass one. Illinois is the only state in the nation that does not allow concealed carry permits.
“Chicago has some of the toughest if not the most toughest gun laws in the nation. How’s that working out for you guys up there?,” Lucas said. “If guns are that easy to get in Indiana, why aren’t Hoosier statistics rivaling that of Chicago?” According to some statistics, there are approximately 315,000 registered gun owners in Indiana.
And now, Indiana lawmakers are testing whether more guns make communities safer.
At the heart of the gun control beats the uncomfortable truth no one is willing to confront, which is a clear indication this nation is reaching terminal status.
Restrictive gun laws would work, if you actively policed the sections of cities where gun ownership is forbidden.
We don't have that today (even in Chicago), because police departments are incredibly fearful of doing anything that would negatively impact the black people and create a public relations nightmare (picketing, boycotts, end of careers, and editorial condemnation from local newspapers/affiliates); but we could have that if we were prepared to restore health to our cities (or wherever black people are found in America).