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Chicago Experiencing Crime Drop: Police in Chicago, Illinois have announced that the city has experienced a sharp decrease in crime as more residents have begun arming themselves after the state started granting concealed carry permits earlier this year.  Kelly Riddell of The Washington Times reports that the city has seen a decrease in burglaries and robberies, and Chicago's homicide rate was at a 56-year low.  Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, believes that the decreases are directly linked to the state allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons. 

Murderer Avoids Death Penalty: A Florida man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being charged in multiple killings.  Larry Hannan of the Florida Times-Union reports that 29-year-old DeShawn Green was able to avoid a death sentence for the third time last week after prosecutors elected to drop first-degree murder charges out of fear that a possible acquittal could jeopardize his prior two murder convictions.  Green was originally sentenced to death for a 2009 murder but the judge overruled the jury and gave him life without parole instead.

TX National Guard to Begin Patrolling Border: Roughly 1,000 Texas National Guard troops have been deployed to the Mexican border in an effort to combat escalating crime rates in the area.  Reuters reports that Texas Governor Rick Perry advised the troops that they were being deployed to the border region to deter criminal activity. Perry estimates that deploying the troops will cost the state at least $12 million a month. Texas border cities have been overwhelmed with immigrants flooding the state's borders since late 2013, causing escalating crime.

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Well, hate to say this but one reason crime is down in Chicago -almost certainly - is because the CPD staff is messing with the crime stats. It's an old and honored tradition, when the crime rate starts making the elected management uncomfortable. Quite simple really, you just turn a robbery into a simple theft, a burglary into a trespassing, a grand theft into a petty theft and so on. I believe one of the big Chicago area publications did an expose on this subject not long ago. As I recall, Chcago PD even was downgrading murders into something else, a real feat. Making cities safer with the stroke of a pen...kind of like reducing unemployment with seasonal adjustments or lowering the deficit with the ACA.

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