The Problem is Not Guns; the Problem is “Chicago Values”

December 26, 2012 7:53 am 26 comments

Routine in Israel; M-16's at the beach.

Anyone from the United States who visits Israel cannot help but be struck with the two following observations: 1. There are guns everywhere. That includes pistols and semi-automatic handguns worn on the hips of civilians (some carry Uzi sub-machine guns) and guards at malls and theaters, rifles slung over the shoulders of teachers and guards accompanying school children on class trips and outings, and the ever present – and from my middle-aged perspective – impossibly young-looking soldiers, both male and female, carrying M-16 and Gallil automatic assault weapons. 2. One feels very safe. The reason is simple: Those carrying the guns are the good guys.

On the other hand, two observations about Chicago, where I grew up and currently reside:

1. Despite the fact that Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country (Illinois has completely outlawed concealed carry), 440 school-age children were hit by gunfire here in 2012. Of these, 60 died. Just in case it is overlooked, that is triple the number of those tragically murdered in Newtown, Conn. In fact, in a very bloody 2012 Christmas eve, 7 people were shot in the free-fire zones on the South and West sides of the city. 2. I do not feel safe. The reason is simple: Those carrying the guns are the bad guys.

First obvious conclusion: When good guys have guns we feel safe. When only bad guys have guns, you end up with…well, Chicago.

Chicago Police at the scene of a shooting

In late July of 2012 Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, lashed out at Chick-Fil-A CEO, Dan Cathy, for making the following statement:

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that … We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that.”

Mayor Emmanuel’s reaction:

“Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values; they’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re going to be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect the Chicago values.

Chicago Values”, of course, are notoriously corrupt politics and 440 school children hit by gunfire. We certainly wouldn’t want dangerous notions like “strengthening families” or “family values” interfering with that!

The young and innocent Beatles in 1964; between 1964 and 1993 violent crime skyrocketed in the United States

A simple perusing of the Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics of the FBI informs us that between 1964 and 1993, violent crime per-capita quadrupled in the United States. The murder rate doubled and rapes more than tripled. What happened? What happened was the cultural revolution of the 60’s and 70’s where many of our traditional values and societal mores were trashed in the name of “progress,” “freedom,” and “social justice.” What happened was that the value systems of certain political ideologues (like those who shaped the ideas of Rahm Emanuel) and their counterparts in academia began to win the hearts and minds of Americans, particularly among the younger generation. In a manner of speaking, what happened was “Chicago Values.” Although it is true that crime rates have come down since then, violent crime is still double what it was in 1964. It seems we paid a very high price in the form of murdered human beings, grieving families, women brutalized and traumatized by rape, armed robberies and assaults to effect a liberal/feminist/pro-abortion/anti family-values/sexual revolution. We haven’t even mentioned the catastrophic results of single-motherhood and the creation of what might be a permanent underclass consisting of children born out-of-wedlock. Perform more abortions and hand out more condoms? I don’t think that will do it.

Second Obvious Conclusion: It is post-1964 values that are the biggest problem in our country, not guns.

Final Conclusion: There is nothing new under the sun; we reap what we sow and the choice is ours. Yes Virginia, it’s as simple as that.

Rabbi Moshe Averick is an orthodox rabbi, a regular columnist for the Algemeiner Journal, and author of Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused and Illusory World of the Atheist. It is available on Amazon.com and Kindle. Rabbi Averick can be reached via his website. If you wish to be informed when new articles appear, send an email to moe.david@hotmail.com with the email address and the word “Subscribe” in the subject line.

26 Comments

  • Moshe – quote mining is lying.

  • Apparently the site will not let me reply even a day later. “Posting too quickly” So let me say that simply stating that demographics aren’t the reason for higher crime is insufficient- even if you do it in a firm voice. My sources are my justice texts and I would urge anyone to check for themselves.
    I would point out there were a number of ’50s values that were changing. The civil rights movement. Another was one friend who finally ratted out her father. Back then the adults blamed her. A third was toleration of driving drunk. Why not blame one of them?

    • Pam,

      You are correct, there is something wrong with the site, I get the same problem. What I meant was that crime increased much too quickly to be accounted for with an increase in younger men. In 12 years that demographic didn’t come anywhere near tripling.

      • While the liberals certainly were “soft on crime” in the sixties, the fact remains that “post-1964 values” were the same basic mystic/altruist/collectivist values from pre-1964. There was no essential change.

    • Just keep resubmitting a few times, and it will eventually take.

  • This issue reminds me of what Ayn Rand wrote about the “hippies” back in the ’60s:

    “[The hippies] were told that love – indiscriminate love for one’s fellow man – is the highest virtue, and they obeyed. They were told that the merging of one’s self with a herd, tribe, or community is the noblest way for a man to live, and they obeyed. There isn’t a philosophical idea of today’s establishment which they have not accepted, which they do not share. When they discovered this philosophy did not work, because in fact it cannot work, the hippies had neither the wit nor the courage to challenge it. They found, instead, an outlet for their impotent frustration by accusing their elders of hypocrisy, as if hypocrisy were the only obstacle to the realization of their dreams…. The hippies are a desperate herd looking for a master, to be taken over by anyone – anyone who would tell them how to live without demanding the effort of thinking.”

    [emphasis added]

    The problem started long before 1964….

  • If an American, instead of visiting Israel, visits Australia, they will notice the complete absence of guns in public.

    And despite having eight times the population of Chicago, the number of schoolchildren shot in 2012 was zero. And in 2011: zero. And in 2010: zero. And in 2009: zero… you get the picture.

    Australia has far stricter gun laws than either the US or Israel, and has a homicide rate less than half of Israel’s, and less than a quarter of the USA’s per head of population.

    It would seem that when you compare the options of the good guys having guns and the bad guys having guns, both are outperformed by NOBODY having guns.

    • The good guys have a right to own guns. Statistics are irrelevant.

      Similarly, the good guys have a right to own cars, even though cars kill a lot of people.

    • How can you assure what outperform whom if the bad guys so far have not been interested about your plan at all (never mind submitted to it)? Where is such a world where NOBODY has guns? Besides the bad guys, who have guns no matter what, your government has them too. Do you seriously believe that the government may function not having guns? But if they have them, then each and every of freedom loving citizens must own guns even more so! For it is the only remedy against the government tyranny! Only if the government expects that every house may turn into the battle field and front line, only then the government will be restrained.

  • Rule by a King (or the notion that we need a King to save us) is yet another anti-American idea that helps undermine our society.

  • [{}]
    Rob
    December 27, 2012
    2:52 am
    Jesus Christ made himself known to me. Btw the way, he accepted the Old Testament moral code, including “Thou Shall Not Murder”.
    [{}]

    He may have claimed to accept it, be he clearly did not. You only need to look as his actions recorded in the Old Testament (where he plays God).

  • “The problem is not guns” also for other reasons. If one can thinks about that recent heinous school crime in gruesome technicalities, one can realize that a murderer of that nature could conceive and commit just as many murders with an ordinary kitchen knife too. One strong guy can easily overpower and slaughter a defenseless teacher first, and then to finish every one of the kids without a much noise… So what: should also knifes be next on the prohibition list? And automobiles? For they could and were actually used as an instrument of attempted mass murder too (by moslems against Jews in a couple of US cities).

    By the way, there were two more accomplices arrested by the police immediately. The mere fact that we still do not hear anything about them gives us a strong hint that they were possibly not blue eyes blonds…

  • To begin with, do not rush to buy the official story of the massacre by a lonely crazy, containing a lot of inconsistencies and controversies.

    As to the essence of the article, rephrasing the famous words of John Adams, “America was made only for a moral and religious people”.

    To make it immoral and irreligious was an old goal formulated by neo-Marxists and revealed in the history textbook of Skousen in the early 1960s

    http://www.resonoelusono.com/TheNakedCommunistAgenda.htm

    Now the goal is near achieved.

    http://www.resonoelusono.com/2008vs1917.htm

    Do not say that you were not warned, because you were…

  • The quote from Dan Cathy is cheating. You know better. You left out the bit where Mr. Cathy expressed his disapproval of same-sex marriage (assuming he did not also disapprove of homosexual practice in general which I am not prepared to assume). Rahm Emmanual was not disapproving of marital fidelity or two-parent households: he was stating his approval of same sex marriage. And in trying to deny Chick- Fil- A the right to do business on that basis he was dead wrong. But that’s Chicago for you. But how gay marriage or gay anything contributes to my chance of getting raped I fail to see. The one who tried and the one who succeeded were heterosexual as far as I know. Just saying.
    And the violent crime went up because of … demographics. Most of your violent crime is committed by young men. When men get past middle age, they quit offending. In 1964, the oldest baby boomers were 19. In 1993, the youngest boomers were about 40.
    You are right about the guns though. The Aurora shooter had seven theaters showing the Batman movie within 20 minutes of his house. Six of them allowed carry by patrons with concealed carry permits. One was “gun free.” Guess which one he chose.

    • “Disapproval of same-sex marriage”?!! Impossible!!! Shocking! Requires 10 years of reeducation camps!.. :-)

      No, Ms. Siegfried, “disapproval of same-sex marriage” – and disapproval of abomination in general – is just the normalcy that was defeated by neo-Marxist according to the items 26, 27, 40

      http://www.resonoelusono.com/TheNakedCommunistAgenda.htm

      Homosexual “marriage” or homosexual anything does contribute (albeit indirectly) to your chance of getting raped because it too destroys the Judeo-Christian foundations – the only glue that kept the human society civilized. And it surely contributes to defilement of your kids in the school – in fact taking place right now, if it matters for you…

    • Pam,
      From 1963-1975 violent crime tripled in the United States, the demographics simply do not explain it. It is not coincidental that this explosive jump coincided with the cultural upheaval that was occurring at the same time. I have not checked the percentages of black or white crime rates, but it might be interesting to see how that factors in.

      • [][]“It is not coincidental that this explosive jump coincided with the cultural upheaval that was occurring at the same time.”[][]

        No, it is not coincidental. They are both effects of the same cause, viz., the mystic/altruist/collectivist tradition leading up to them.

  • Those problematic values go back much farther than 1964. Note that Wilson was President 100 years ago — and the Communist Manifesto was published in 1848. And, of course, the Old Testament goes way, way back.

    • Yes, the problem is man (and woman) — and Steve Stoddard — and you and me.

      Guns themselves are amoral. Guns and the hands of fallen sinful people however are a different story.

      I wonder if Steve believes that it really is wrong to kill people anyway…? Of does he believe, like real consistent darwinists like England’s Richard Dawkins and America’s Will Provine, that at rock bottom there is no right, no wrong, no objective morality, just pitiless indifferent in a universe that neither knows nor cares.

      As an atheist teen (25 years ago) I shared the worldview of Dawkins’ et al. and planned to commit suicide around my 40th birthday. Thankfully the Jewish Messiah Jesus Christ made himself known to me. Btw the way, he accepted the Old Testament moral code, including “Thou Shall Not Murder”.

      • “Chicago values” almost look tame compared to the murderous “God values” illustrated in the events of the Old Testament.

        I guess we could say that “Chicago values” are a toned down modern version of the old “God values.”

      • What about, for instance, the 42 children God killed using bears instead of guns?

        The problem is not bears or guns; the problem is “God values.” People need to learn to respect human life, instead of bowing before a brutal, bloody God.

        People need to be free to be armed and shoot, instead of having to “turn the other cheek (or child)” when confronted with killers.

      • I am thankful that Jesus revealed Himself to you, Rob! I can’t imagine my life without Him. Jesus is the Risen King,the Saviour of the world!

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