The ISRA is warning its members to think twice about
selecting Chicago as a vacation destination this
summer. This warning was issued in response to a
recent dramatic upswing in violent crime in the
windy city. Most notably is a spate of so-called
“flash mob” attacks where as many as two dozen young
men ambush and savagely beat their victims before
robbing them of their valuables. One recent flash
mob victim was a 68 year-old man.
The bulk of
the flash mob attacks have taken place on Chicago’s
near north side and Gold Coast areas to include
North Avenue Beach and the Magnificent Mile. The
attack locations are within the general vicinity of
tourist attractions including Navy Pier, Lincoln
Park Zoo, and Millennium Park.
the Chicago Police Department has had little luck
controlling these flash mobs with only 4
participants having been apprehended. This ability
to confound the police stems from the very nature of
flash mobbing. Participants either get a text
message on their smart phone or receive a “tweet” on
a social networking site telling them where to show
up and how to behave – with the specified behavior
usually involving larceny or assault. Flash mob
participants arrive at the site at a particular time
and, after committing the specified crimes, scatter
before police can arrive. The sheer number of flash
mob participants overpowers the victims – rendering
them helpless against the mob.
As most of
our readers know, the most effective defense a
victim could muster against a flash mob would be for
the victim to draw a concealed firearm. As most of
our readers also know, Illinois is one of only two
states in the nation that deny citizens the right to
carry defensive firearms.
supported House Bill 148 in the most recent
legislative session. Under the provisions of HB148,
qualified citizens would be permitted to carry
defensive firearms to protect themselves and their
families from the type of violent crimes perpetrated
by flash mobs. Ironically, it was the Chicago
delegation of legislators that arranged for the
defeat of HB148 when the bill came up for a vote.
their baseless opposition to legislation such as
HB148, the Chicago delegation has provided flash
mobs and other criminals the upper hand. As we have
seen in recent days, Chicago’s criminal element is
taking full advantage of having the upper hand.
There is no reason to believe that there will be a
happy ending to the flash mobs’ reign of terror.
Nobody should be surprised that, before the summer
is over, a flash mob has engaged in a gang-rape or
even a murder of an innocent civilian.
ISRA is urging readers to reconsider plans to
vacation in Chicago this summer. Indications are
that vacationing in Chicago will place readers and
their families at high risk of being victimized by
violent criminals – including flash mobs. This risk
is heightened greatly because law-abiding citizens
cannot carry firearms to protect themselves from
1. Pass this alert along to all your friends and
2. Please post this alert to any and all Internet
blogs and bulletin boards to which you belong.
3. Please contact your state representative and
state senator and politely inform them that you are
a law-abiding citizen who wants a bill such as HB148
to be passed and signed into law so that you may
protect yourself. If you do not know who your
representative and senator are, follow this link:
4. Please make a generous donation to the ISRA so
that we may continue the fight to pass concealed
carry and defeat legislation pushed by the gun
control movement that would destroy your right to
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