El Paso, America’s safest big city, undermines Chicago’s case for gun control

Chicago, Ill., a city surrounded by the rural midwest, has tight guns laws. El Paso, Texas, has lax gun laws and neighbors one of the most violent cities in the world. Yet, El Paso is the safest big city in the U.S., whereas President Obama cites the murder rate in his hometown as a reason to implement his gun control agenda.
Gun violence isn’t much of an issue in El Paso, Texas, which is the safest city of its size in the country. “[T]his week, for the third year in a row, El Paso was ranked as the safest U.S. city with a population greater that 500,000 by CQ Press, which compiled FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports,” per Fox.El Paso has minimal gun control — “mostly due to gun-friendly state law,” Reason observes. It also neighbors one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

“This dusty desert city sits directly across the Mexican border from what has been widely labeled as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Ciudad Juarez,” Fox noted. “The bloody drug war has claimed an estimated 10,000 lives in Juarez in the last five years.” Compare that to Chicago, which has very tight gun laws and city defenders who blame the violence their on the fact that the city is surrounded by rural areas that have less gun control. “We live in Chicago and one of the reasons we have such a huge problem is all around us are areas with weak laws and with very lax background checks and a lot of illegal guns flow into this city,” David Axelrod said on MSNBC last week, adding that the gang problem in the city also drives crime.

Don’t you love it when the facts get in the way of the narrative?


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19 Responses to Yippee-ki-yay!

  1. yttik says:

    I’m reminded that this murdering ex cop they’re looking for who is on a rampage, not only passed a background check, he had a psych evaluation. At least I assume so, since he was in the military and later became a cop. So here’s a guy that the Gov not only trained, they armed him.

  2. DandyTiger says:

    Those facts are racist.

    • Mary says:

      CNN’s Don Lemon has already jumped on that meme—-now says this cop-turned-murderer only changed because of racism within the police department. Uh huh.

  3. myiq2xu says:


    During the repeated failures of the Soviet Union’s Five Year Plans during the 1930’s, Stalin was notorious for having his inept finance and industrial commissars “disappeared” into gulags or shallow graves. Eventually, the finance and industrial commissars just started to weave bullshit out of thin air to save their own lives: they’d falsify reports, adjust previous projections downwards, and alter historical records. Over time, as the years passed, they lost their ability to tell the truth from their own bullshit. They’d report that 20,000 pairs of shoes had been produced in a given month at a factory, let’s say. But the reality was they had no real idea how many shoes had been produced: more, less, or none at all. They found out over time that Stalin and the Politburo only cared about the reported numbers, not the goods produced. As long as the record showed the proper number of shoes being produced, it didn’t matter that there were no actual shoes to be had. They understood, finally, the nature of the job. It wasn’t to manage the actual economy. It was to make the regime look good.

    Krugman is the intellectual heir of those Marxist tools in the Soviet Union.

    • Mary says:

      True story.

      Lately, he admits the only way to solve the Obamacare financial failures in the future is tax raises and death panels.

      Personally, I think they’ll make the value of employer-provided healthcare taxable income. But that’s just me.

    • DandyTiger says:

      He should tell us what he really thinks of Krugman. 🙂

  4. myiq2xu says:

    DHS Watchdog OKs ‘Suspicionless’ Seizure of Electronic Devices Along Border

    The Department of Homeland Security’s civil rights watchdog has concluded that travelers along the nation’s borders may have their electronics seized and the contents of those devices examined for any reason whatsoever — all in the name of national security.

    The DHS, which secures the nation’s border, in 2009 announced that it would conduct a “Civil Liberties Impact Assessment” of its suspicionless search-and-seizure policy pertaining to electronic devices “within 120 days.” More than three years later, the DHS office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties published a two-page executive summary of its findings.

    “We also conclude that imposing a requirement that officers have reasonable suspicion in order to conduct a border search of an electronic device would be operationally harmful without concomitant civil rights/civil liberties benefits,” the executive summary said.

    The memo highlights the friction between today’s reality that electronic devices have become virtual extensions of ourselves housing everything from e-mail to instant-message chats to photos and our papers and effects — juxtaposed against the government’s stated quest for national security.

    That would include analyzing your phone’s GPS data to see where you’ve been.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Let freedom reign. Or was that freedom rot. Can’t remember.

    • yttik says:

      I’ve been through that and complaining about it for a couple of years now. I live in the buffer zone where your civil rights are apparently suspended. It’s not just electronic devices, they can search your bags, your car, your person, whatever. They will literally take everyone off a city bus, demand id and search your bags. Normally when a cop asks to see your back pack or search your car, he has to have probable cause. Unfortunately if you live within 100 miles of the border, that is probable cause. There’s some lawsuits happening and I hope they’re successful.

  5. DandyTiger says:

    Ruh roh. 21 top editors are leaving the NYT. “What will that mean for journalism?” Um, what journalism?

  6. SHV says:

    “Chicago, Ill., a city surrounded by the rural midwest, has tight guns laws. El Paso, Texas, has lax gun laws and neighbors one of the most violent cities in the world.”
    NYC is #3 on the list of safest cities with population >500,000. The 2nd amendment debate is pure political Kabuki; draconian restriction of “legal firearms” has little to do with gun crime. It would be interesting to know about “policing” in El Paso because I suspect that it may have many similarities to NYC. NYC pushes the limits of the 4th and 14th amendments with targeting of crime “hot spots” (profiling) and “stop and frisk”. This has has a dramatic effect of reducing gun crime. In early ’90’s, NYC murder # was greater than 2200/year, 2012, IIRC, 414.. Violent crime down 60% and incarceration rates down 60% since the 90’s.

    Pushing the limits cost NYC $185 million to settle law suits last year. Still probably cheaper than locking people up at Riker’s Island.

  7. piper says:

    Grumble, grumble, for some odd reason every morning I look at the Yahoo page, rarely clicking on a link, and today saw a news burp that Bronco is gonna speak about the economy at the SOTU. Guess there’s a bit of concern that Dr. Carson figuratively spanked him at the Breakfast – does this mean the speechifyers are gonna stay up late to rewrite the ‘great speech.’

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