Chicago and New York City have some of the strictest guns laws in the nation and both are led by liberals who want more gun control laws imposed on their people. Both have also been involved in mass shootings in the past twenty-four hours.
The Empire State Building was the site of a mass shooting today by alleged shooter, 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson. Johnson had been fired from Hazan Imports, just around the corner from the scene of the shooting, two years ago.
He returned there today with the gun and waited for his victim, a former co-worker identified as 41-year-old Steve Ercolino.
After fatally shooting Ercolino in the head, he walked down 33rd Street with the gun concealed and was confronted by a pair of construction workers who gave chase, said Kelly.
At that point, cops on anti-terror patrol drew their weapons on Johnson and he opened fire.
“The guy has his gun out and is trying to shoot police officers,” Bloomberg said.
The cops unleashed a torrent of shots, cutting down the suspect and possibly hitting some of the nine innocent bystanders who were caught in the mayhem.
It's good the cops got the bad guy. The sad part is that apparently they shot innocent people in the process. The other sad part is that Mr. Ercolino did not have a gun to protect himself from such aggression.
First, I hope the police that stopped Johnson in his tracks will also be held accountable for those they shot. After all, as citizens we are told that if we have to use our gun to protect ourselves or someone else, we are also responsible for people downrange. The same should apply to the police. They are not above the law.
Second, this is a city in which Mayor Michael Bloomberg has strict gun laws and wants even more. Recently, just after the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Bloomberg basically said he wanted police to go on strike until people demanded tougher legislation on guns from their representatives and he did this so "officers could go home to their families." Well Mr. Mayor, it seems several citizens have a legitimate complaint against you and your officers. Apparently they hit several citizens with gun fire. Are we to expect that Mayor Bloomberg will cover for the officers or apply the same logic to them? I'm guessing the former will be in order.
While two men were killed in New York City, the shooter and his victim, the rest are expected to survive. However, what's even more ironic is in Chicago, Illinois nineteen people were shot last night. During a thirty minute period 13 people in the shooting were wounded. Did you get that? Thirty minutes went by while the shooter kept on shooting. The Chicago Tribune reports,
The overnight shootings peaked between 9:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. That's when eight people, many of them teens, were shot at 79th Street and Essex Avenue about 9:30 p.m.
Then two men were wounded in the Ida B. Wells / Darrow Homes complex at about 9:25 p.m., police said. The men, 27 and 33, were shot in the 600 block of East 37th Street and taken to the University of Chicago Hospitals, police said. The younger man was shot in the head and the other in the right arm, Gaines said.
Around the same time, two other men were wounded in the arms in a drive-by shooting in the 2900 block of West 39th Place in the Brighton Park neighborhood.
About 15 minutes later, a 24-year-old man was shot in the leg and taken to Jackson Park Hospital from the 7200 block of South Jeffery Boulevard, Gaines said. He was treated and released. The man told police he was talking on his phone when he heard a single shot and realized he was wounded.
Earlier Thursday evening, four men were wounded in a shooting in the Little Village neighborhood about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, police said.
Now both of these cities are led by liberals who don't hold to American Constitutional or biblical values. No doubt they will be calling for even more gun control, despite the fact that such legislation is doing absolutely nothing to stop these things in their cities.
What these cities need to do is step up and tell their representatives to get rid of such intrusive laws on their Second Amendment rights and people begin to get educated on guns and learn to use them, carry them and defend themselves. When that happens and the public becomes aware that people are in fact carrying their own weapons, we will begin to see less and less of this senseless shooting. Until then, expect more of the same, especially running up to this year's election.
My fellow Americans, carry your weapons with you. Carry them all the time. Carry them wherever you go and by all means, carry several.