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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 23, 2013/ 12 Shevat, 5773

Gun crime facilitators are the ones pointing fingers

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Liberals blame "gun nuts," the "gun lobby," and the National Rifle Association for gun violence. They should be pointing fingers at each other.

The NRA offers "a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America where everyone is armed and no place is safe," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"It's outrageous and unsettling" that the NRA won't support gun control legislation in the wake of the massacre in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in December, said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The emphasis white liberals put on gun control is racist, said Cornel West. "Not a peep; not a mumblin' word when the black folk getting shot. But now Newtown, vanilla side, low in behold we got a major conversation."

The Princeton professor thinks just about everything is racist, but he has a point. Most murder victims -- and most murderers -- are black.

In 2007, the homicide rate among blacks was 23.1 per 100,000; 2.7 for whites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of all murder victims are African Americans, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. More than 90 percent were murdered by other blacks.

Blacks are seven times as likely as people of other races to commit murder, the New Century Foundation found in a 2005 study. They are three times as likely to use a gun while committing a crime of violence.

There were 200 more murders in Chicago last year than there were U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan. There's been as many homicide victims this month as there were in the Newtown massacre. Black New Yorkers are 13 times as likely to be murdered -- or arrested for murder -- as whites, says the NYPD.

Two-thirds of all murders with firearms last year took place in the 50 largest metro areas. Nearly all those cities are governed by Democrats. America doesn't have a gun violence problem. Democrats do. They facilitate gun violence.

• The seminal event in criminology was the 1972 study by Marvin Wolfgang of the University of Pennsylvania that indicated just 7 percent in the cohort he studied committed more than two-thirds of violent crimes.

For each offense for which they were caught, these chronic offenders committed eight to 11 other crimes. They were rarely punished. Had these "Dirty 7 Percenters" been sent to prison for just a year after their third offense, there'd have been 7,200 fewer serious crimes in Philadelphia, Mr. Wolfgang calculated. Subsequent research here and in Europe has confirmed his findings.

The rate of violent crime has fallen by nearly half since publication of Mr. Wolfgang's study, chiefly because more chronic offenders are being sent to prison for longer periods. It would have fallen further, but liberals fought against longer sentences.

• Most gun crime is committed by gang members. Most gang members come from single parent families. Thanks chiefly to liberal policies which undermine traditional marriage, the proportion of blacks born out of wedlock has risen from 25 percent in 1965 to 72 percent now.

• The number of mass shootings (four or more victims) has risen from 18 in the 1980s to 87 in the 2000s. People like Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, would have been committed to a state mental hospital. But liberal policies emptied them out.

All but one mass shooting in the last 50 years has taken place in a "gun free" zone. Shooters choose them because they know there won't be an armed citizen there to cut their murder spree short.

Gun violence could be reduced if more who lied on the background check form were prosecuted, the NRA's Jim Roberts told Vice President Joe Biden last week. "We don't have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form," Mr. Biden told him.

They only have time to punish the innocent. But gun control laws haven't reduced violence in Chicago and New York. Violent crime soared in the District of Columbia after a gun ban was enacted. It "emboldened criminals because they knew that law-abiding District residents were unarmed and powerless to defend themselves," said Jeffrey Shapiro, a former prosecutor there.

To reduce gun violence, we must focus on the people who commit gun crimes, not on the law abiding.



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