Miscellaneous Items by Tom Reynolds
Chicago…Chicago…That’s Some Kind of Town
We constantly hear about the shootings in Chicago, which has some of the most stringent gun control laws in the country. Our friends at GOA-NY sent the attached link which brings home just how bad the situation is in Chicago.
Chicago Crime, Murder & Mayhem | Criminal Infographics | HeyJackass!
It’s worth a few minutes of your time.
ICE Strikes But Not Enough
From August 20 to September 30, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency carried out a nationwide sting operation that arrested 175 illegal aliens, all with multiple drunk driving convictions and some even in the sanctuary states of California and New York. Other illegal aliens had prior convictions for vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, assault, child abuse, weapons violations, domestic violence, and fraud.
Illegal immigrant “encounters” by the border patrol have been numbering 200,000 per month. It’s estimated that 600,000 more have avoided any ‘encounter’, yearly.
Drug overdose deaths far outnumber shooting deaths. Could an open southern border be facilitating drug smuggling?
Money Can’t Buy Happiness
The highest team payrolls in Major League Baseball in 2022 were the LA Dodgers ($261 million), the NY Mets ($259 million) and the NY Yankees ($251 million).
All of them will be watching the World Series at home.
Quotes to Vote
Getting gun owners to vote is always a major task. The most recent New York State Rifle and Pistol Association’s magazine posted some quotes. If those quotes won’t inspire people to vote, nothing will.
Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender. Keith Ellison
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who don’t vote. George Nathan
Every election is determined by the people who show up. Larry Sabato (As someone else said, “80% of success is just showing up.”)
And NYSRPA President Tom King added an important thought when he declared a “Second Amendment Emergency” and wrote, “…as much as I dislike Republicans In Name Only, we must support them. Remember, a RINO in office is much better than a Democrat…”
Along those same lines from SCOPE - It’s an imperfect world and politics is filled with imperfect candidates - and many are just plain bad. When you don’t vote you are saying, “I surrender to the bad. Do what you will with my country and me.” And rest assured, Schumer, Biden, Pelosi, Hochul, and Letitia James won’t hesitate to take control and destroy America, starting with the Constitution that many of us took an oath to defend. That oath did not have an expiration date.