"We Live In A State Of Emergency": Chicago Protesters Shut Down Highway To Demand Americans Disarm

Thousands of protesters led by Father Michael Pfleger shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway on Saturday to demand "common sense gun laws, community resources, better schools, jobs and economic development."

The protesters began pouring onto the freeway at approximately 10:20 a.m., carrying banners and shouting "Shut it down."

At about 11:30 a.m., protesters negotiated with authorities to shut down all northbound lanes for the protest march and began moving again. Earlier, Governor Bruce Rauner's office had earlier warned that anyone going across the barrier would be arrested, but no arrests have been reported. -ABC 7 Chicago

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner lashed out at the protest over Twitter - saying "This is unacceptable. We had clear parameters that allowed the protestors to be heard while respecting law and order. Instead, they chose instead to cause chaos," while admonishing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. 

Emmanuel responded on Twitter, stating "It was a peaceful protest. Delete your account," echoing Hillary Clinton's (social media team's) attempt at a joke during the 2016 election.

We would note that while the first item they're protesting is a constitutional right which would primarily affect law-abiding gun owners, problems with "community resources, better schools, jobs and economic development" can be traced directly back to Chicago's 84 years of Democratic leadership. 

"The ones that won today are the people because the people are showing up. When they saw this many people out here, black and white and brown, young and old, saying we're tired of the damn violence in Chicago. We want the governor, the mayor, the elected officials and the community to all come together and say we want peace now," Pfleger said.

Of note, roughly 90% of gun violence in Chicago flows from gangs according to a Newsweek report from 2016, while a 2017 Chicago Tribune report notes that while the vast majority of gun owners say they legally obtained their guns, "The same is not true for criminals, however, most of whom obtain their guns illegally" - and thus would remain unaffected by "common sense gun laws." 

Chicago’s modern history of gang violence, especially on its West and South sides, goes back to the 1960s. But over the past year, two things have accelerated the attacks, according to social workers and law enforcement authorities. Budget cuts reduced the number of anti-violence social workers who once cooled the simmering feuds, and a series of deadly police shootings and alleged misconduct by police have torpedoed the relationship between cops and residents. -Newsweek

So far this year, 224 people have been shot and killed in Chicago out of a total of 273 total homicides, or 82.5% acording to heyjackass.com. Of that, 79.1% of victims are black, while the race of the assailants are predominantly black or unknown. There have been 12 police involved shootings so far this year, with three killed - or around 1% of overall homicides in 2018.

Cook County Commissioner and Congressional candidate Chuy Garcia was one of the protesters. 

"I think there is a clear message being sent across the country and that is that we live in a state of emergency in Chicago, that the deaths on a daily basis of young people in particular, is not acceptable, that there is a dire need to invest in the poorest communities in Chicago," Garcia said.

Parkland shooting survivors-turned overnight political pundits Emma González and David Hogg materialized to weigh in for that crucial teen demographic that will begin voting over the next few elections.

Other protesters arrived from various parts of Chicago to board busses for the protest. 

"Everybody is affected and it shouldn't be. That's why I am glad that we're all here, that we're all trying to make a difference and that's what matters. Hopefully the people in power listen to us so that everything can change and my nephews can grow up in a world that they don't have to worry about experiencing a pain that I did," said Katherine Pisabaj.

Perhaps protesting absentee fathers and gang culture might also be a worthwhile cause?


Rapunzal Free This Sun, 07/08/2018 - 15:07 Permalink

Lol the sheeple asking for disarmament. That’s a win-win for TPTB. But it’s interesting that even FOX news picks up only the gun control demand and is ignoring the others. All MSM is in the pockets of the banksters. They will get the 2nd before the collapse. They will get it.

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glenlloyd TruxtonSpangler Sun, 07/08/2018 - 18:01 Permalink

I'd like a clear and concise definition of what "common sense" means, because to me it means one thing, that we default to the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution for our answers to these issues since that is the definitive authority on the matter.

For some reason though I suspect I believe the left thinks that "common sense" means that I give up my guns and the ptb gets to take them away.

And you know...that's just not happening.

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toady SamAdams Sun, 07/08/2018 - 18:15 Permalink

Yes. I can agree with that. And it might actually solve the problem.

Every North American Pavement Ape in Chicago and it's suburbs gets executed immediately, right there on the street, if they're found with a gun.

Sure, deaths would spike for a year or two, but eventually all the gun toting niggers would die off....

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toady toady Sun, 07/08/2018 - 16:07 Permalink

"Hopefully the people in power listen to us so that everything can change and my nephews can grow up in a world that they don't have to worry about experiencing a pain that I did"

Ah, to be young again... the "government" is go to "listen" and "change the world"...

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Skip topspinslicer Sun, 07/08/2018 - 15:44 Permalink

They killed, murdered, slaughtered, 56 million REAL Russians, that was from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and he SPECIFICALLY said it was Jews who did it.

Russian wrote a brilliant article about the topic:
Americans never give up your guns

Jews and Jewish organizations lead the gun control campaign by Kevin MacDonald PhD

Jews and gun control: A reprise

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This is America: 92-Year-Old White Man Beaten with Brick by Blacks Latina Films It

A video shows a 92-year-old man on the ground with a bloody face after he was attacked by a woman and several men with a brick in Willowbrook.

So a random fat [black woman] who was walking with her child attacked and beat a 92-year-old white man with a brick, another bunch of [blacks] jumped in on the beatdown (for some reason) and a fat Mexican woman filmed it.

In short:

This is America.

Don’t catch you slippin up.

Don’t catch you slippin up.

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Free This LordWillingly Sun, 07/08/2018 - 16:16 Permalink

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I got 4 down pips to your 1 - Winning! Man I own a space in your head don't I? Do you dream about me too?

That mental midget can't tower over an ant, so there is that!

Sic Semper Tyrannis

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Skip topspinslicer Sun, 07/08/2018 - 15:51 Permalink

Obama was a puppet, here are the puppet masters:

Rahm Emanuel is the same Israeli who ran the White House under Bill Clinton, although he did not have the chief of staff position. Emanuel has controlled Obama for years.

Rahm Emanuel, who is named after a Lehi (Stern Gang) terrorist named Rahamim Cohen, and David Axelrod have been working together since 1984 when they teamed up to help Paul Simon (Mr. Bowtie) defeat Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill.).

These two Zionists spearheaded the campaign to put Barack Obama into the White House. Axelrod and Emanuel, however, were being supported by a much higher Zionist -- Bettylu Saltzman, the only daughter of the super-Zionist Philip Klutznick.

Axelrod has been creating and shaping Candidate Obama for more than 16 years. "Axelrod met Obama when the senator was 30 years old and coordinating a voter-registration drive in Chicago and Bettylu Saltzman, a doyenne of progressive politics in Chicago, suggested that the two get to know each other," the New York Times reported in early 2007. "In the 15 years since, Axelrod has worked through Obama's life story again and again, scouring it for usable political material."

Bettylu Saltzman has been supporting and financing Obama's political career since 1992, long before he ran for any office. In 1992, when Obama was 30 years old, Saltzman told Axelrod and others, "He will be our first black president.'' Saltzman then commissioned Axelrod to create Obama, the presidential candidate.

Christopher Bollyn, 06 November 2008

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