David Gregory, missing fathers and the real reason for crime.

Let’s be honest.  While David Gregory is “going on vacation” as he is being investigated for illegal weapons possession (he’s probably hitching a ride with Hillary to locations unknown as we speak), across America Drudge points out why gun violence is really happening.  The truth is gun violence is down over much of America but it is up in places where gun laws are strict and certain sub-elements of our society abound. Here are three examples- here, here and here.

 CHICAGO (STMW) – One person was killed and 13 wounded in gun violence over the Christmas holiday, including an 11-year-old boy grazed by a bullet and a man who was shot to death during a dispute in the Englewood neighborhood.

Joshua Davis, 18, was shot to death in the 2000 block of W. 69th Street — a few blocks from his home — after an altercation with several males on a CTA bus, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The group followed Davis off the bus when one of the males pulled out a handgun and shot Davis several times in the torso and once in the ear about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

Davis, of the 7200 block of South Bell Avenue, was pronounced dead an hour later at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, the Medical Examiner’s office said.

Later, on the West Side, two males were shot — one critically — in the Austin neighborhood about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

The 21-year-old men were in a van in the 0 to 100 block of North Lockwood Avenue when one suffered a critical gunshot wound to the neck and the other was shot in the knee, police said.

Over sneakers.

A man who crashed a car last week after being shot over a pair of popular sneakers has died.

He was identified as Joshua Wood, 22, and no one has been arrested in his death, authorities said Wednesday.

Wood was shot about 10:30 a.m. Friday in the 1700 block of Plumwood near Hallfield in northwest Harris County.

He was trying to move from the passenger seat of a car to the driver’s seat to escape two armed men demanding his new Nike Air Jordan shoes, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

He and another man had bought several pairs of the newly released Air Jordan XI “Bred” sneakers earlier that morning at Willowbrook Mall and then drove home.

As the driver stopped at his house, a green four-door car pulled up in front of him, the sheriff’s office said.

An armed man got out of the green car and demanded the newly purchased shoes, which retail for about $185.

The driver took off running, with the armed man shooting at him, leaving Wood, the passenger, behind.

As the driver knocked on a neighbor’s door for help, he heard more gunfire, which turned out to be another man firing shots at Wood.

Although wounded, Wood slid behind the wheel and drove away. He crashed between two houses, hitting a gas line, the sheriff’s office said.

Wood was taken to Houston Northwest Hospital, where he died.

And near a church in Oakland.

Oakland police say an attacker began shooting outside a church on Christmas Eve, wounding a parishioner and a teenager.The Oakland Tribune ( http://bit.ly/WFI2jj) says gunfire erupted shortly after 9 p.m. Monday outside Centro Evangelistico Bethel in East Oakland. Police say a 17-year-old was fired on as he left a liquor store that shares a parking lot with the church in a high-crime area.

Two bullets penetrated the wall of the church, where a pastor was giving a sermon about the meaning of Christmas. A 38-year-old woman was wounded as she shielded her 7-year-old twins. She was hospitalized in stable condition.Pastor Edvin Salguero says he helped shepherd about 100 other parishioners, including crying children, into a back room.

The 17-year-old also was hit. Both victims are expected to survive.

And as we know already a lot of the shootings are done by young people who have no family structure and suffer absent fathers.

Nicole Hawkins‘ three daughters have matching glittery boots, but none has the same father. Each has uniquely colored ties in her hair, but none has a dad present in her life.

As another single mother on Sumner Road decked her row-house stoop with Christmas lights and a plastic Santa, Ms. Hawkins recalled that her middle child’s father has never spent a holiday or birthday with her. In her neighborhood in Southeast Washington, 1 in 10 children live with both parents, and 84 percent live with only their mother.

In every state, the portion of families where children have two parents, rather than one, has dropped significantly over the past decade. Even as the country added 160,000 families with children, the number of two-parent households decreased by 1.2 million. Fifteen million U.S. children, or 1 in 3, live without a father, and nearly 5 million live without a mother. In 1960, just 11 percent of American children lived in homes without fathers.

America is awash in poverty, crime, drugs and other problems, but more than perhaps anything else, it all comes down to this, said Vincent DiCaro, vice president of the National Fatherhood Initiative: Deal with absent fathers, and the rest follows.

People “look at a child in need, in poverty or failing in school, and ask, ‘What can we do to help?’ But what we do is ask, ‘Why does that child need help in the first place?’ And the answer is often it’s because [the child lacks] a responsible and involved father,” he said.

And speaking of absent fathers. Right in the middle of the great gun controversy, David Gregory takes a powder.  You gotta love it, he’s on the run!  “You ain’t taking me alive coppers!”

NBC’s David Gregory, the subject of a now-popular police investigation, is on vacation and will not host this Sunday’s edition of “Meet The Press.”

The Washington Metropolitan Police Department launched an investigation this week into whether Gregory and NBC violated city laws when he displayed what appeared to be a gun magazine on last week’s show. Today, the police issued a statement, saying NBC had been told before last Sunday’s show that it was “not permissible” to show a high-capacity gun magazine on air.

Hey Dave, before you freak, it is a misdemeanor.  You can get booked, bail out, get a fine and move on… . Of course, you’ll never be able to own a gun again, or hunt or shoot or even legally touch one AND you can forget a permit or CCW, and in some states you’ll have to give up the ones you already own.

Besides that you are golden brother. Just golden..

Sweet. Welcome to George Orwell’s world dude.

As for crime and being able to protect yourself, I think when the sneaker thieves and dopers quit shooting each other, and innocent bystanders, I’ll think about my need for self defense. Until then I’ll exercise it.

Idiots everywhere.

Update: Legal Insurrection points out the MSM is picking up on this.  The Left (and according to LI Greta from FOX) doesn’t get it.  The law is the law is what they say. We say there are too many stupid gun laws on the books now not being enforced. More isn’t going to solve crime. HOWEVER, in my humble opinion, making Gregory do the perp walk is a good illustration of just how stupidly abusive government is when it comes to violating common sense and your rights.

HE’D ALREADY BE IN JAIL. 

Now that the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is on record that it told NBC News not to use the high capacity magazine in its segment with Wayne LaPierre, the big media is paying attention and taking this seriously.

TMZ is running interference claiming that NBC News was told by ATF that the D.C. Police said it was okay, but the D.C. Police say they were asked directly by NBC News for permission and that permision was denied.

The NY Times actually has a sensible and informative story on it:

In Washington, people who are caught in possession of the type of magazine that Mr. Gregory had can face up to a year in prison, said David Benowitz, a criminal defense lawyer.

“You would be arrested; you would most likely be charged with possession of an illegal magazine,” Mr. Benowitz said, adding that “depending on what time you were arrested, you would most likely be held overnight.”

Prosecutors and defense lawyers often work out a plea agreement in which defendants receive probation and have a misdemeanor charge on their criminal record, Mr. Benowitz said. If defendants have a prior criminal record or lose a jury trial, they could face a stiffer sentence.

Mr. Benowitz said the accusation from the police that NBC had asked for permission and then went ahead with showing the magazine “didn’t help Gregory’s case.”

Yeah, asking for permission is pretty damning when you ignore what you are told directly from the law enforcement authority and do it anyway.

Unfortunately, the otherwise great Greta has missed the point on this, Investigating NBC’s David Gregory? Really? Can we be any sillier?

We have so many serious issues of violence in this country — and even here in DC on our dangerous streets — that it is bizarre to me that anyone would spend (waste) 5 minutes investigating NBC’s David Gregory for this.

One of the problems with the ever expanding gun laws advocated by Gregory and others is that otherwise law-abiding citizens get caught up inadvertently violating the law,  like this soldier on leave from Afghanistan, while criminals do what they please and powerful people don’t get prosecuted.

Absolutely my point.  Bureaucrats don’t care.  I’m willing to bet if anyone took the time and looked at the gun permits listed by that stupid newspaper, they would see a number of “special” people there. I looked briefly and found two without trying.  (I decided not to link to the map as I think it a violation of privacy, but it is now out there.) Isn’t it always truth they believe what is good for them is NOT good for you?!  I think it would be fun and a good exercise to prove two points- 1.  That you are NEVER safe if the government has your information (hello healthcare).  2. More on the Left LIKE guns than you think. But they believe they are above the law.

People like Gregory.

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