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No, Chicago Is Not More Dangerous Than Afghanistan

Comparing urban crime to literal war-zones is an unfortunate rhetorical device that never seems to go away. On Tuesday, Gawker's Cord Jefferson, attempting to illustrate the vast disparity in attention given to mass shootings like the recent incidents in Colorado and (to a lesser extent) Wisconsin and the high homicide rate in Chicago, wrote that "The Windy City's murder rate is worse than the murder rate in Kabul, a literal war zone.
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Report: 92 Percent of Mass Shootings Since 2009 Occurred in Gun-Free Zones

Politics / US Politics : Big Government (last month)

On October 9, the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) released a revised report showing that 92% of mass public shootings between January 2009 and July 2014 took place in gun-free zones. The CPRC report was released in response ... Read Post

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime? Duke Cunningham v Dollar Bill Jefferson

US Politics / Liberal : Firedoglake (5 years ago)

Bribery is bribery, and there's no excusing it in our public officials. But in the "punishment fits the crime" department, there's something wrong with the proposed sentence of Dollar Bill Jefferson when you compare it that handed d... Read Post

Gawker: 'Our Thuggish White Youth'

US Politics / Liberal : Drudge Retort Weblog (last year)

Cord Jefferson, Gawker: A frightening and violent mob swept through the normally quiet seaside community of Huntington Beach last night following a surfing competition in the area. Businesses were vandalized and looted, portable toi... Read Post


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