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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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Marco Rubio Gets Confronted By MSNBC Host Over Saying Some Journalists ‘Giddy’ Over COVID-19

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Sen. Marco Rubio has found himself in the hot seat with MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle after making the comment that some journalists are thrilled over the spread of the coronavirus, a statement he defended. Ruhle asked Rubio to explain the tweet which he made earlier in the week, noting a portion where he said: “Some in our media can’t contain their glee & delight in reporting that the U.S. has more #CoronaVirus cases than #China…Beyond being grotesque, it’s bad journalism.” https://twitter.com/marcorubio/status/1244279416819273729 Here’s more from Washington Examiner: “I need to ask you this, because I’m a journalist,” Ruhle said. “We’re not just some personalities. You called out journalism. And I need to understand why on earth you did this.” Rubio said some journalists are “doing exactly what I said.” “Well, because there are some journalists that were doing exactly what I said,” the Florida Republican responded. “I read reports about how some Republicans are doing this, or some members of Congress are doing that. I don’t know what other word to describe who’s doing something and who isn’t.” Rubio gave a few examples of certain situations where he believes that journalists expressed happiness in reporting on coronavirus figures and noted that he said “some” not all journalists were behaving this way. https://twitter.com/TPMLiveWire/status/1246081048846401536 Rubio found support among many on the right, including Caleb Hull who tweeted: https://twitter.com/CalebJHull/status/1244311946817671173 The bottom line is, there are probably some journalists who are excited by the prospects that this virus is providing for the progressive movement. After all, Democrats are using this situation to try and pass a bunch of pet projects they want made law through inside these coronavirus relief packages, so is it so far fetched to think liberal journalists might think the same way? Regardless, here’s to hoping this all goes away sooner rather…

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CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin Latest Journalist To Test Positive For Coronavirus

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Another CNN anchor has now tested positive for coronavirus. Brooke Baldwin stated on Friday that she has tested positive for the illness after suddenly experiencing flu-like symptoms. This comes a week after fellow anchor, Chris Cuomo, announced that he had contracted the illness and would be attempting to do his job from home. Cuomo has been quarantined to his basement where he has been filming his show ever since. Here’s more from The Washington Examiner: “I am OKAY,” she wrote on social media. “I’ve been social distancing. Doing ALL the things we’re being told to do. Still — it got me.” Baldwin is the second CNN anchor to contract the virus. Chris Cuomo said Tuesday he began feeling sick after being “exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive.” According to her statement, Baldwin is taking time off to recover. “I look forward to being back on [TV] and seeing. You real soon,” Baldwin said.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Brooke Baldwin (@brooke_baldwin) on Apr 3, 2020 at 9:44am PDT While it’s easy to be vicious toward our political enemies, even in times like these, we should all be wishing Baldwin well as she battles this horrible sickness. This disease has been making folks very ill and really been difficult for many, especially those who are immunocompromised to deal with. Here’s to praying and hoping Baldwin doesn’t experience any complications and is able to come back to work soon.

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