Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Illinois Legislature Leaves Good Citizens Defenseless Against Brutal "Flash Mobs"

For the second weekend in a row, visitors to Chicago's posh Gold Coast were terrorized by so-called "flash mobs." For the uninitiated, a "flash mob" is a violent group of dozens of young people who are directed to specific locations by smart phones or social media sites for the purpose of robbing and beating unsuspecting citizens.

On Memorial Day, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ordered the very popular North Avenue Beach closed. Although the official position of the city was that it was "too hot" for people to be on the beach, indications are that the beach was closed because a flash mob was roaming the lakefront attacking unwary beachgoers.

According to CBS 2 television, several innocent citizens – including a 68-year-old man – were attacked by flash mobs near the upscale Magnificent Mile shopping district early Saturday evening. In both cases, groups of 20 or more young men swarmed their victims – kicking, punching and robbing them. The police were only able to detain 4 of the dozens of participants in the flash mob.

"The growing tide of flash mob attacks in Chicago really drives home the point that the police are not able to defend ordinary citizens from violent crime," commented ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. "These flash mobs are like terrorist sleeper cells. They appear out of nowhere, savagely attack their victims, then blend back into the crowd before the police can arrive. So far, these flash mobs appear content with beating and robbing their victims. But, the inability of law-enforcement agencies to protect citizens from flash mobs will only serve to embolden the mob participants. It won't be long until these mobs graduate from robbery to gang rape or even murder."

"It is understandable that Mayor Emanuel and other city officials are in denial over the dangers of flash mobs," continued Pearson. "After all, tourist season is upon us and Chicago cannot afford to have tourists scared away by the specter of a violent mob attack. But whether the mayor and the city council like it or not, flash mob activity will become more commonplace with the tactics of the flash mobs exhibiting an escalation in headline-grabbing violence."

"Earlier this spring, the Illinois General Assembly passed up the opportunity to enact legislation designed to discourage flash mob violence," said Pearson. "If passed and signed into law, House Bill 148 would have allowed well-qualified, well-trained, law-abiding citizens to carry defensive firearms. Certainly, an armed citizen is in a much better position to ward off a violent flash mob attack than an unarmed citizen carrying nothing more than a mocha latte. Unfortunately, members of the gun control movement bullied legislators and the measure fell 6 votes short of passage."

"As far as I'm concerned, anyone injured at the hands of a flash mob has the General Assembly to thank for their suffering," concluded Pearson. "People have the right to defend themselves against flash mob thugs and the state has no business interfering with that right to self defense."


Miss.: Man Claims Self-Defense In Shooting: "A McComb man accused in a fatal shooting told officers that he acted in self-defense, the McComb police chief said. The shooting happened about 8 p.m. Monday on South Locust Street, police said. When officers arrived, they found Jeff Carone lying on the ground and Jonathan Noll standing over him with a gun, Chief Gregory Martin said. A machete was found next to Carone, Martin said. Noll told officers that he fired in self-defense, Martin said. He was taken into custody, but had not been charged as of Tuesday afternoon."

WV: Nicholas man shot during alleged burglary attempt: "A Nicholas County man was shot early Sunday after he allegedly broke into a house in Summersville. Howard Franklin Harris, of Summersville, told deputies he woke up about 12:15 a.m. Sunday to find Christopher Lynn Pino, of Ramsey, burglarizing his house. Nicholas County Sheriff Wetzel Bennett said Harris called police and held a gun on Pino while waiting for help to arrive. But Harris told deputies that Pino charged him, and he had to shoot. Bennett said Pino was shot in the head with a handgun."

Terrorists prefer Americans unarmed, just as the “gun control” lobby does: "The forcible citizen disarmament lobby is positively giddy today, over having found a new ally -- someone else who wants guns to be more difficult for Americans to obtain, and available (legally) to fewer of us. Who is this ally? A kind, peace-loving soul, who is horrified by the 'gun violence' in the U.S.? Um ... not quite. Meet, courtesy of ABC News, Al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn ..."

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