The Pentagon is foreseeing in the near future a total social disintegration that will begin in the big cities. It does not look good.
The mayor of Baltimore is receiving much-deserved criticism after she allocated $100,000 to bus students to a gun control rally in Washington D.C. later this month. The reason for the criticism is founded in the fact that students froze all winter long because the mayor says they have no money to fix the slew of broken heaters.
Earlier this year, students in Baltimore schools were told to bring blankets and cold weather attire to class every day because the heating systems in over one-third of all the schools were either broken or barely working. Students, faculty, and staff were forced to bundle up inside the school in January until it became so unbearable that the schools actually closed due to unsafe temperatures.
To most people, these underperforming, outdated, and broken heating systems would be a priority to get fixed. However, at the time, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh claimed that there simply wasn’t enough money to make the repairs and upgrades.
It is not just the heat either. The infrastructure in the Baltimore school system is crumbling and many students find themselves unable to even drink the water. But we see where the priorities lie.
Fast forward to March, and suddenly—in spite of claiming they have no money—the mayor has miraculously pulled $100,000 out of nowhere to bus thousands of students to a gun control rally in Washington D.C.
“America needs to hear the voices of the young people of Baltimore,” Pugh told the students before announcing the city’s plan to fund the trip to the “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C., on March 24.
The $100,000 will pay for 60 buses, free t-shirts, boxed lunches and other amenities for a few thousand students who signed up to go to the rally.
While $100,000 isn’t nearly enough to fix the heating systems, it shows that basic necessities for students are taking a backseat to political theater.
As Our Community Now reports, at the time, the mayor’s office explained that the schools’ heating systems were beyond fixing because the city simply didn’t have the money to make the repairs and upgrades. Initial estimates from the American Civil Liberties Union (it’s never good when HVAC systems in schools get the attention of the ACLU) estimated that it would cost at least $2.8 billion to modernize the heating and air conditioning in Baltimore City Public Schools.
The problem became so bad that earlier this year, citizens were forced to take action outside of the government. A concerned citizen then set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to fix the problem. It was titled, “We Need Heat in Our Public Schools,” and it raised over $84,000 to provide space heaters. The mayor’s $100,000 could’ve stretched that out to further reduce suffering in schools but this did not happen.
Parents and students alike are left wondering why the mayor would justify spending upwards of $100,000 on political activism when children are suffering every single day in school.
It is no secret that Baltimore is one of the worst places in the nation as far as gun violence is concerned. And, if students want to voice their concern over this problem, they have every single right to do so. However, when the mayor spends money they don’t have to bus a few thousand students to DC for a day to call for gun control when Baltimore is already highly regulated, this speaks to the nature of such an act.
In Baltimore, there is already an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, and special fingerprinting and reporting requirements on handgun sales. Yet their murder rate more than doubles other cities that are much larger—like Chicago.
According to WJZ, murders occur so frequently in Baltimore that the number of murders in the city is higher than the number in Philadelphia, even though Philadelphia “has two and a half times the population.” Moreover, Baltimore sees more murders than New York City, although NYC “is almost 14 times larger.”
Yes, Baltimore has a problem but all the gun control in the world is doing very little to stop guns from coming in. Even the police admit that after all the guns were banned in 2013, criminal use of banned guns skyrocketed every year after.
Proving that if you disarm a population, only criminals and cops will have guns, Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith said, “We’re dealing with absolute criminals who want as much weaponry as possible when they’re going after their targets. They’re not carrying .22s. They’re carrying the big guns that have these high capacities.”
Sadly, the mayor’s move to spend $100,000 of taxpayer money that they don’t have to send students to call for gun control that won’t work is the epitome of everything wrong with government in America.
Until politicians educate themselves on the cause of this violence, these uninformed and corrupt lawmakers will continue to focus on controlling the symptoms.
When you think of the most dangerous, violent cities in the world, do you picture slums in Third World countries with vicious drug cartels or arrogant warlords? Maybe the kind of violence where enemies are decapitated and whole families are murdered seem like things that happen far away in some terrifying, exotic locale.
Some of this is true – but FIVE of the world’s most violent cities are right here on the American mainland and another is in an American territory. The list was created by researchers of anti-violence think-tank Seguridad, Justicia Y Paz (Security, Justice, and Peace), who made their rankings based on statistics of homicides per 100,000 residents.
The vast majority of the cities on the list were in Central and South America. Interestingly, the violence in Venezuela appears to have dropped in violence this year, but not because it’s suddenly become a mecca of safety. The official situation there has devolved so much that they simply can’t track all the homicides.
But back to America
We pride ourselves on our first world status and civilized societies, and yet four of our cities ended up on the list of the most dangerous and violent locales on the planet.
- #13 St. Louis
- #21 Baltimore
- #32 San Juan
- #41 New Orleans
- #42 Detroit
How did these cities make the list?
- St. Louis, Missouri: Since the Ferguson riots, the entire state of Missouri has seen a sharp increase in violence. This has culminated in the city of St. Louis, which had a 2017 murder rate of 65.83 per hundred thousand people. There are thousands of violent crimes each year in the city, which only has a population of about 320,000 people.
- Baltimore, Maryland: The city of Baltimore has an astounding murder rate of 55.48 people per hundred thousand. Last year’s murder rate was nearly as high as the year that the riots erupted over the killing of Freddie Gray by city police officers. There’s a murder nearly every day of the year in Baltimore and the police force there is widely considered to be one of the most corrupt – if not the most corrupt – in the nation.
- San Juan, Puerto Rico: Many will think that San Juan earned its place on the list due to the devastation wrought by two back to back hurricanes, but it was already bad for years before. DHS ties this to drug trafficking. The island territory had begun to see signs of improvement in 2015 after a massive spike in 2011 that brought murders to an all-time high. The homicide numbers didn’t immediately escalate after Hurricane Maria, but as the unrelenting darkness continued, violent crime began to increase until it reached 48.70 murders per hundred thousand residents.
- New Orleans, Louisiana: Murders in New Orleans, Louisiana fell last year but armed robberies and non-fatal shootings have risen by a whopping 30% since 2010. The city is renowned for its food, music, and festivals, making it a popular destination for tourists. Yet, the 40.10 murders per hundred thousand people rank The Big Easy as more dangerous than some of the most notorious cities in Brazil and Columbia.
- Detroit, Michigan: Detroit is the fourth American city to be featured on the list of places you’re most likely to be murdered. With a homicide rate of 39.69 per one hundred thousand people, Detroit was the 42 most dangerous city in the world according to these statistics. The city used to be an American hub of industry, but when the automotive manufacturers left, it fell into disrepair and poverty. Residents have a whopping unemployment rate of almost 11%, the population has plummeted, and since it is one of the poorest cities in the nation, perhaps the residents who remain simply can’t afford to get out.
For those who are interested in preparedness, the collapse of these cities is something to watch. Note how the increase of violence in many cases ties in with a lack of confidence in local law enforcement officers. A failing economy is another factor, as increased desperation leads to increased crime.
What other cities made the list?
Here’s the list of the 50 most violent cities in the world in its entirety:
- Los Cabos, Mexico
- Caracas, Venezuela
- Acapulco, Mexico
- Natal, Brasil
- Tijuana, Mexico
- La Paz, Mexico
- Fortaleza, Brazil
- Victoria, Mexico
- Guayana, Mexico
- Belem, Brazil
- Vitória da Conquista, Brazil
- Culicacan, Mexico
- St. Louis, Missouri, USA
- Maceio, Brazil
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Kingston, Jamaica
- San Salvador, El Salvador
- Aracaju, Brazil
- Feira de Santana, Brazil
- Juarez, Mexico
- Baltimore, Maryland, USA
- Recife, Brazil
- Maturin, Venezuela
- Guatemala City, Guatemala
- Salvador, Brazil
- San Pedro Sula, Honduras
- Valencia, Venezuela
- Cali, Columbia
- Chihuahua, Mexico
- João Pessoa, Brazil
- Obregon, Mexico
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Barquisimeto, Venezuela
- Manaus, Brazil
- Distrito Central, Honduras
- Tepic, Mexico
- Palmira, Columbia
- Reynosa, Mexico
- Porto Alegre. Brazil
- Macapa, Brazil
- New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
- Detroit, Michican, USA
- Mazatlán, Mexico
- Durban, South Africa
- Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil
- Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa
- Campina Grande, Brazil
- Teresina, Brazil
- Vitoria, Brazil
- Cúcuta, Colombia
Seguridad, Justicia Y Paz blames much of the violence on drug cartel turf wars, economic crises, and violence perpetrated by gangs like MS-13.
Do you have any doubt that violence will be abundant when the SHTF?
All you need to do is look at this list and study these cities to see how violence escalates when the rule of law collapses, when economies crash and people starve, when police officers go dirty, and when criminal gangs turn into the ruling class.
This is just further evidence to support my belief that preppers must be armed. If you are prepping to survive a long-term event, make sure that you plan to survive the escalation of violence, too.
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This is starting to look like a civil war.
Source: Zero Hedge
More people were shot in Chicago over this past weekend than any other this year, except for the Fourth of July weekend that spanned four days. According to the Chicago Tribune and police data, a total of 63 people were shot and 8 were killed as violence erupted all over the city.
At least 63 people were shot in the city, and eight of them were killed, police said. More than half of them were wounded over 13 hours from Saturday to early Sunday. At least 16 more people were shot through the day Sunday, including three on the same street in South Austin.
The level of violence exceeded the 52 shot on the three-day Memorial Day but fell short of the 102 hit by gunfire over the long Fourth of July weekend, according to Tribune data. Still, fewer people have been shot in Chicago this year than at this time last year: 2,435 compared to 2,710.
The wounded included a 14-year-old boy grazed in the chest and left knee while he walking with his sister and a friend just before 9:30 p.m. Friday in Pilsen.
An officer-involved shooting Saturday night left 33-year-old man with graze wounds to the head. Police said he confronted police with a gun and an officer fired.
The violence in Chicago continues despite the Trump administration sending in dozens of ATF agents to work with the Chicago Police Department back in June. Per U.S. News, ATF agents were sent in to assist with ballistics information intended to help cops track down suspect quicker while identifying repeat offenders.
The ATF is sending 20 agents to Chicago to supplement ongoing efforts and coordinate with local agencies on a strike force aimed at solving shooting cases and using collected evidence and ballistics to find and stop gun traffickers, the Chicago Sun Times reported. They will join some 35 to 40 ATF agents already assigned to Chicago.
The goal is to use ballistics information submitted to a national database to identify when guns are used in multiple shootings and connect them to new cases. The beefed-up strike force, equipped with a mobile lab to quickly test new evidence, will help law enforcement build criminal cases against shooters and those providing the guns.
“We’ve been doing this all along but now it’s being amped up,” Dave Coulson, a spokesman for ATF in Chicago, told the Sun Times. “It’s a more concerted effort.”
“The goal is the prosecute as many of these guys as possible federally where they will serve longer prison terms,” Anthony Riccio, head of the Chicago Police Department’s organized crime unit, told the paper.
Meanwhile, the following daily tracking graph from HeyJackAss! helps to put the surge in violence this past weekend into perspective.
Per the Chicago Tribune, this weekend’s shootings occurred across the city, from Rogers Park on the Far North Side, where a 32-year-old man was killed early Sunday, to West Pullman on the Far South Side, where seven people were shot outside a banquet hall a few hours later the same day.
Finally, as we’ve noted before, 2017 is still shaping up to be every bit as devastating for the residents of Chicago as 2016 was.
I don’t know about you but 700 homicides in one year for one city equals civil war for me. The USA is falling apart while its new Nero plays the fiddle, golfs, and Tweets…
by Russel Davis
August 17, 2017
This Sunday’s violence started when a 20-year-old man was gunned down during an argument in Old Town just after midnight. Another person was fatally shot at the Back of the Yard half an hour later. An off-duty police officer has also reportedly shot an 18-year-old man during a confrontation about 5:05 a.m. The confrontation occurred at the 11100 block of South Hermosa Avenue in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side.
After a few hours, two men were fatally shot on the steps of Friendship Baptist Church in South Austin. Later in the afternoon, a man told authorities that he gunned down three people who allegedly broke into his home on the Southeast Side. According to the police, the victims were the victims were a 17-year-old boy, a 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman.
According to the Chicago Tribune data, at least 2,331 people have been shot in the city so far this year. There have also been at least 432 reported cases of homicides so far in 2017, the data showed.
Chicago, other big U.S.cities see upswing in homicide cases
Data from the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s midyear crime survey revealed that Chicago still tops its list of the deadliest U.S. cities. The report also revealed that homicide cases are also on the uptick in other major metropolitan areas such as Baltimore and New Orleans. (Related: Want To Solve The Violent Shootings Problem In Chicago? Let Law-Abiding Citizens Defend Themselves With Concealed Carry.)
According to the report, more than 3,000 homicides have already been reported so far this year, which marks a 3 percent increase during the same time last year. The survey also showed that the reported cases of aggravated assault so far this year was nearly 4,000 more compared with 2016. In line with this, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recently announced that the Justice Department put programs in place to reduce gun violence and illegal drug sales and combat gangs.
“The uptick in murders is a continuation of the violent crime wave seen over the past several years. A challenging priority for the Department of Justice is dismantling the criminal gangs, which function as the street-level drug distribution networks for transnational drug cartels and fuel much of the violence in our country through turf wars and violent drug trafficking. The Department of Justice is committed to working with law enforcement partners to reduce violence — not just through grant funding — but if jurisdictions deliberately and intentionally adopt policies that are hostile to and obstruct the rule of law, they create an even more dangerous environment that will not be fixed by simply throwing more money at a lawless system,” Justice Department spokesman Drew Hudson told The Washington Times online.
by JD Heyes
July 11, 2017
In a report for SOFREP, a subscription-based intelligence newsletter, a former British SAS operator revealed what he carries as part of his personal EDC — everyday carry — gear, to protect himself during a terrorist incident, since such events have become much more prevalent in Britain than in the United States — for now.
“There are many ways to increase your chances of survival, and one thing we can all do is incorporate appropriate kit in our everyday carry. I now have a complete set of items which will help me in a variety of ways should it ‘go noisy’ while I’m out and about. I don’t leave home without my day sack which now contains everything I need to try to keep myself safe, within the stringent UK law,” the operator, Phil Campion, writes.
[First, a word about legalities: It is against the law throughout Britain for civilians to carry concealed firearms or, really, any objects that can be considered offensive weapons (batons, knives, etc.). In the U.S., thanks to the Second Amendment, most jurisdictions outside of major cities allow for concealed carry of a firearm and/or knife. But Campion makes a great point: Know the law in your area, because they can differ from region to region, city to city, etc.] (RELATED: Preppers in California get a rare self-defense victory: Federal judge blocks state ban on high-capacity magazines)
“I have drawn on my experiences as a Tier One operator in some of the world’s most dangerous places to piece together gear which will give me and those around me the best chance of survival, should the worst happen,” Campion writes. “I have also managed to remain covert about the way I do business and not scare people, which is very important.”
Finally, he writes, discretion is the better part of valor; don’t make yourself a target by telegraphing the fact that you are the person best prepared to handle things.
What’s in the EDC?
Campion writes that his EDC consists of items that will help against attackers and to take care of victims in the aftermath of an attack:
— Flexible ballistic plate: Hidden in Campion’s carry pack is a flexible ballistic plate, transforming it instantly into a protector against both bullets and knives. In a retreat situation, the pack becomes a one-sided protector-vest.
— Large Maglite: In Britain, any form of a baton is considered a weapon and hence, illegal. But larger Maglites are made of metal and very durable; the can double as both a blinding and bludgeoning tool. He also carries a smaller Surefire defender. It has a blinding beam and can devastate an attacker when used to punch with.
— Gloves: Kevlar-lined and durable, these gloves allow Campion to actually grab the blade of a knife. In addition, they allow him the ability to pick up nearby shards of glass to use as a cutting weapon, or grab window frames containing broken glass safely.
— Tourniquets: These help stop severe bleeding until help can arrive. Wounds can be severe in a terrorist attack; tourniquets are Campion’s first line of treatment, since victims can bleed out quickly (3 minutes) if major arteries are severed.
— Blast dressings: Self-explanatory; heavy gauze bandaging and wraps do the trick.
— Clotting agent: There are commercially available dressings that come with blood clotting agents built-in. You don’t have to be a medical expert to use them.
— Bottled water: These are for drinking, of course, but also cleaning wounds and for burns.
— Heat packs/cold packs: Depending on the time of year, these come in handy for warmth/cooling/reducing swelling.
Other essentials include a pen and notepad, extra power cells to recharge your cell phone, and umbrellas (to use as light shields).
You may have some ideas of your own and that’s great, but the basic carry kit should at least consist of these items — so says an experienced operator.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.
Gun shots whizzing through the air. A woman screaming from somewhere nearby. These were the sounds that could be heard on Dundalk Avenue in Baltimore last Wednesday shortly before 3:00 in the afternoon. Police say that the shooter robbed two people in the parking lot of the Logan Village Shopping Center and then boarded a No. 10 MTA bus. Officers stopped the bus just one block away from the shopping center near the intersection of Dundalk Avenue and Belclare Road, and then engaged in a brief firefight with the shooter. A video of the shootout that has been posted online then shows the gunman running out of the bus, presumably to find either new cover or a car to escape in. Within seconds, however, the man was shot dead on the lawn.
The shooter has yet to be identified, and the names of the wounded officer and the bystander have not been released. The officer that was injured in the shootout was transported to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was in serious condition, according to police spokeswoman Elise Armacost. The bystander was taken to a local hospital.
“I heard boom-boom-boom-boom-boom,” recalls Dave Barrett, who was sitting in his basement watching television when he heard the sound of gunshots and a helicopter coming from outside. “By the time I came down, you could still see all the smoke in the air from the gunshots.”
County Councilman Todd Crandell, who is a representative for Dundalk, said in a statement, “It’s shocking, and I have a sense of real anger that someone wants to commit something as heinous as that in our community, as senseless as it was.” He went on to say, “It makes you angry, but none of those emotions matter right now. The only thing we need to be concerned about is the people who are injured.”
It’s worth noting that Baltimore, Maryland has some of the strictest and most burdensome gun regulations in the country. As Newsmax reported in November of 2014, the city of Baltimore experienced a whopping 217 homicides in 2012 alone, despite the fact that Baltimore has banned 45 different assault weapons, has implemented a capacity limit on gun magazines, and increased the licensing requirements for those who seek to purchase a handgun. The fact of the matter is that deep blue states such as Maryland that are constantly passing laws that infringe on Second Amendment rights are not decreasing the amount of violence on the streets; they are actually sending crime rates through the roof.
Of course, the shooting that occurred last week in Baltimore is just one of many. On Wednesday, June 14, a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. That same day, another gunman took three lives at a UPS facility in San Francisco. This is on top of hundreds of homicides that occur each year in cities like Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York City. No matter which way you look at it, the fact remains that many areas of the United States just are not safe.
But the answer to this isn’t sweeping gun control like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi routinely tells us. Rather, the answer lies in the law-abiding gun owner who can respond to one of these mass shootings in the blink of an eye, potentially saving countless innocent lives. It may make those on the left uncomfortable, but the solution to bad guys on the streets with guns is good guys on the streets with guns. Because, as the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution says, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon.