What’s New in Chicagoland, Starting with Bulletproof Vests for Kids


In a June 2012 interview with CBS’s Scott Pelley, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel begged gangbangers to think of their values and take their “stuff away to the alley”. In other words, shoot each other down the block.

“We’ve got two gangbangers, one standing next to a kid. Get away from that kid. Take your stuff away to the alley. Don’t touch the children of the city of Chicago. Don’t get near them,” Emanuel — President Obama’s former chief of staff — told anchor Scott Pelley.

“And it is about values. As I said then [when a 7-year-old girl was shot and killed last month], who raised you? How were you raised? And I don’t buy this case where people say they don’t have values. They do have values. They have the wrong values. Don’t come near the kids — don’t touch them.”

That was not effective as one would expect, but an activist now has a better idea. He wants to outfit the children with bullet-proof vests and helmets.

This is not satire or a cruel joke.

Activist Tio Hardiman said he wasn’t joking when he suggested that “young people in the South and West Sides of Chicago be equipped with helmets and bullet-proof vests.”

Sadly, it isn’t a bad idea.

To date, 160 people have been killed in Chicagoland and 816 have been shot.

The town fathers have a solution, but it isn’t to keep the drug cartels out and clean up the gang culture, it’s to put serial numbers on bullets.

That’s not all that’s new. Mayor Emanuel has a new bizarre idea to keep kids in high school until they present their career plans to the government. That’ll work as well as appealing to the values of gangsters.

Emanuel proposed a new policy that won’t allow students to graduate from high school unless they present a plan to the government on what their post-graduation plans are.

What do gangsters say, “I’m going to be the best drug dealer in town!”?

The proposal would require students to prove that they’re entering some sort of educational or vocational program after graduation; a job offer or entering the military would also suffice. Exceptions are available in certain cases, such as in the case of illegal immigrant student or those who are in jail.

Why are illegal immigrants exempt?

That plan puts new meaning to Big Government.

The one thing Emanuel won’t do is stop his sanctuary city policy protecting criminals.

“Chicago has in the past been a sanctuary city. … It always will be a sanctuary city,” the mayor said last November.


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