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Well first of all our hearts and our prayers are with the victims of the Newtown Connecticut massacre.
And -- -- -- Commendable -- President Obama last night was in Newtown to commiserate with entered the comfort our fellow citizens who have suffered unimaginable loss.
And I agree with mr.
Obama when he said we can't tolerate this anymore he's right.
But we are tolerating so much that we should not in this country.
Should we tolerate the murders of almost 500 people in one city over -- one year period.
And reserve our national grief for twenty children and six adults slaughtered in a matter of minutes last Friday.
Should there be as well -- presidential presence of multi religion and prayer vigil in Chicago.
Perhaps as well speech by the president there to the nation.
And don't please don't misunderstand me I applaud the president's sensitive words and the time he shared with the families and the citizens of new town yesterday.
But I would also -- reflection and consideration of the facts.
When we know.
And we should take into account the facts that we do know.
Chicago right now is the murder capital of this country.
Those killings in Chicago have risen by 20% over the past year.
Despite the almost always -- -- fact that Chicago has one of the toughest gun control laws of any city in this country.
The president last night call for change and change is underway.
If federal appellate court tossed out the state of Illinois band.
A concealed weapons.
It was the last state.
To deny that right to its citizens.
Compare Illinois two states that permit conceal carry like Virginia.
In the five year period from 2006.
The 2000 all up.
There are a lot of facts in this.
But there -- facts that we need to assemble and to examine together for to have a national discussion.
And there will be more and more each night on this broadcast.
But an -- five year period the number of farms -- walk in the state of Virginia rose by an astonishing.
-- -- 73%.
The total number of gun related -- -- -- crimes however felt.
And that five year period.
In -- environment crime in this country has been steadily plummeting since 1990 that's something a lot of people are -- -- In 1991.
Point eight million.
Crimes were committed.
One point eight.
That number had fallen to one point.
-- crimes as our population grew by 25%.
And the number includes by the way mass shootings.
In the two thousands there were 26.
That's down from 42 in the 1990.
And somebody -- change in 1990.
Gallup reported that 78% of those surveyed 78%.
-- wanted stricter tougher gun law.
What is the right answer.
We'll come to a decision about that a national consensus if you will.
If our political leaders are community leaders our national leaders.
Except the idea that there can't be -- rush to judgment that reflexive response.
But rather an intelligent assessment of the facts.
Facts that we don't even know yet in Newtown Connecticut.
Facts that we have to keep in mind as as we assess what is happening in our society.
The influence of media our culture.
And again back to new China.
We will in this discussion.
If our leaders live up for their titles.
Assess the facts.
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