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Due Process Concerns Raised After Chicago Creates Gun Offender Dashboard

Will Chicago ever learn?

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Everyone knows that Chicago has just a little bit of a problem with gun violence, which is really weird considering the fact the city has such strict gun control measures in place?

After all, isn’t strict gun control supposed to prevent criminals from possessing firearms and doing acts of bloody violence? That’s what the left tells us repeatedly, but it’s obviously not true.

So now Chicago police have developed an online database that will allow the public to view a list of suspects who have been charged with gun offenses and if those individuals are out on bail. The whole purpose of this is to draw attention to how many violent criminals are quickly back on the street thanks to low bail amounts.

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However, critics say this whole thing raises a lot of due process concerns.

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From TheBlaze:

Critics of the database, called the Gun Offender Dashboard, say the database is harmful in that it paints those simply accused with gun-related crimes (not just violent crimes) as “offenders” even though they have not, and may never be, convicted of the crimes, the Associated Press reported.

“These are not offenders, they’re arrestees,” said Stephanie Kollman, policy director of the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University’s law school, to AP.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson believe that rules requiring judges to set affordable bail amounts for suspects who are deemed not to be a danger to the community have emboldened violent criminals, who see that they can get out of jail relatively easily on gun charges.

“If we’re OK with how things are going, then don’t look at it,” Johnson said. “But if you want to know why we are suffering from some of the things we are, then take a look at it and come to your own conclusions.”

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said that low bail amounts aren’t the issue, instead pointing the finger at Chicago police for not making enough arrests and cracking down on violence offenders. Preckwinkle cited statistics that state only 1 in 4 homicides results in an arrest.

When it comes to the problem of gun violence, which isn’t nearly as bad in other parts of the country as it is in Chicago, we have to be careful when thinking up solutions, taking steps to ensure we don’t trample the Second Amendment and other rights, like a fair trial, as these are all foundational principles that keep our Democratic republic functioning.

Let’s hope these folks start using a little common sense and open their eyes to the fact their strict gun control laws aren’t hindering criminals from doing evil, but are instead, leaving citizens open and vulnerable, easy victims for the picking.

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Capitol Rioter Facing House Arrest After Mountain Lion Hunt

The excursion ran afoul of a “no guns” stipulation set by a judge.

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While we may be thankfully several months removed from the tumultuous events of the January 6th attempted insurrection at the US Capitol, there is still a great deal of adjudication left to be done on the subject, as these cases are expected to drag out for several more months, or perhaps even years. One of the alleged participants of that event is now in hot water after the court discovered that he had gone on a mountain lion hunt despite being ordered to avoid firearms completely as a condition of his bail. A Colorado hunting guide charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol will likely be placed on 24/7 house arrest — instead of remaining free while his case is pending — because he violated the conditions of his release by hunting and killing a mountain lion. Patrick Montgomery, a Littleton hunting guide, shot a mountain lion during a hunt in Douglas County on March 31, even though he was ordered not to possess any guns while the federal charges against him are pending, according to motions filed by prosecutors last week. Montgomery, 48, is accused of kicking a Metropolitan police officer in the chest and wrestling with the officer to try to take the officer’s baton during the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, D.C., according to court records. He was indicted on 10 charges in April, including assaulting a police officer, engaging in physical violence and illegally entering the Capitol building. Prosecutors pulled no punches in their assessment of Montgomery’s actions. “Montgomery has no respect for the Court’s orders, just like he had no respect for law enforcement at the Capitol on January 6,” reads a motion filed by prosecutors. “…Montgomery has flagrantly violated the law and has shown by his actions that he…

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Boy Scouts Now Forcing Kids to Earn ‘Diversity’ Badge Featuring Anti-White Training

The Boy Scouts of America has announced that scouts will now have to earn a “diversity and inclusion” badge.

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The Boy Scouts of America has announced that scouts will now have to earn a “diversity and inclusion” badge pushing the radical gay/transgender agenda with training that will include anti-white courses to be able to earn Eagle Scout status. The Boy Scouts long ago went full woke, but this new “diversity” badge amps that up to full speed. The BSA added that it will include information about George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor in its indoctrination of boys and girls. In its announcement, the organization insisted that it “has not been as brave as we should have been” to address evil white supremacy. Oh, but to put up at ease, the BSA insisted this isn’t about left-wing politics… even though it is. “The Boy Scouts of America stands with Black families and the Black community because we believe that Black Lives Matter,” the organization said in a letter on the BSA’s blog, Scoutingwire. “This is not a political issue; it is a human rights issue and one we all have a duty to address.” For some inexplicable reason, the BSA also reiterated that it stands against Civil War history, too, in order to “ensure that symbols of oppression are not in use today or in the future.” “We will also continue to listen more, learn more and do more to promote a culture in which every person feels that they belong, are respected and are valued in Scouting, in their community and across America,” the scouting organization added. Then there is the Scouts’ gay problem. As CNN noted, “Court testimony released last year shows that over 7,800 former scout leaders are accused of sexually abusing 12,000 scouts over 72 years.” Seriously, America, if you haven’t removed your children from the Boy Scouts already, now is the time. It is…

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