Oakland violent crimes No. 3 in country

Jan. 13, 2013

By Katy Grimes

A tiny blurb tucked away on page A4 of the Sunday Sacramento Bee today, told about four bloody murders in Oakland on Friday didn’t do the tragic story justice, nor give the whole picture.

Oakland, CA, the city where now-California Governor Jerry Brown was Mayor for eight years, 1999-2007, is rated the third highest violent crime city in the country. Current Mayor Jean Quan has been uncharacteristically quiet about the increasing violence in the Northern California city, particularly after her prominent role in ginning up the Occupy Oakland protests in 2011.

“A bloody six-hour stretch of shootings Friday left four dead in what police say is the deadly results of ongoing battles between ‘several identified groups.’ The surge in violence led an elected official to call on the city  to declare a state of emergency,” the AP reported.

Oakland police report a “sharp spike” in violent crime, with 131 homicides in 2012 — “the most since 2006 when there were 148,” the AP reported. Only 12 days into the new year, there have already been six murders in Oakland.

How quickly many have forgotten the four police officers gunned down in 2009 in Oakland by a guy out on parole. Oakland’s strict gun control laws did nothing to prevent the parolee from illegally obtaining a banned weapon, and then kill the police.

The media was quick to report that the gunman, already known to be a violent parolee with an “extensive criminal history” and wanted on a no-bail warrant, used an “AK-47 assault rifle,” as if the gun was the reason the cops were gunned down. They largely ignored the fact that the gunman was on parole, and banned from using any and all weapons. Had he pointed a rubber band gun at the cops, they could have arrested him.

Thankfully, the gunman was killed… shot, in fact.

But this violent episode led to the anti-gun crowd to call for more gun control, instead of more violent criminal control.

We have the same situation today, with the recent horrific Newtown, Conn. school shootings. Shortly after the shootings, which left 20 little children, and several teachers, dead, U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein, D-California, brought her own gun-control legislation back to life. She proposes controlling who has guns, instead of controlling the mentally ill, well-known gangs and violent criminals which commit the worst of the gun crimes in this country.

It’s not the law-abiding citizens and legal, licensed gun owners gunning people down, or killing cops.

“For restrictive gun laws to gain the public support needed for passage, the public has to be misled, their emotions manipulated, and their fears exploited,” Kurt Hofmann wrote in a 2009 Examiner op ed. “The single greatest obstacle to passage of such laws is an informed public.  The forcible citizen disarmament lobby is well aware of this, of course, and tries to dominate the discussion with its own version of the ‘truth.'”

In one paragraph Hoffman summed up what the gun-control zealots are trying to do.

The proof is that the story of Oakland’s most recent murder-spree, which should have been statewide news, was buried in the Sunday Sacramento newspaper. It should have been on the front page of every California newspaper, and Sunday opinion columns so that citizens could participate in the discussion.

Instead, Feinstein and gun ban lobby, will try to shove her legislation through the House and Senate as fast as possible. And now, Vice President Joe Biden even threateningly intimated that President Barack Obama will sign an Executive Order to ban many guns.

Oakland is hardly the Wild West, but perhaps if more law-abiding citizens had weapons for protection, fewer of their innocent children would be killed.





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  1. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 13 January, 2013, 17:44

    I spent a summer in college working for the park concessionaire in Yellowstone (waiter, bartender, cashier – that sort of thing). My priorities, as you can imagine, were girls and beer, with some hiking and camping thrown in. But I did happen to notice – and not that it bothered me – that EVERYONE in Montana and Wyoming seemed to have a gun. Junior high school kids had hunting rifles. Grandmothers had guns. And everyone kept a gun of some sort in their pick-up truck.

    Yet the murder rate in those states is less than half the national average. And robberies – get this – are ONE FIFTH the national average.

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  2. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 13 January, 2013, 21:47

    I was raised in WY, jimmy. My grandmother was widowed three weeks before my mother was born and she had to raise four girls alone on a farm. She would have made a good subject for a TV series. She eventually sold the farm after the girls were grown and moved to town where she rented out a couple apartments in her home. She died at the age of 95–I never saw her with a gun of any kind.

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 14 January, 2013, 01:10

    Oakland PD is a cesspool of incompetent trough feeders. I know that first hand. it is a culture, starting at the top. Incompetence at every level.

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  4. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 14 January, 2013, 08:45

    Seesaw…..you should have learned at some point, by your advanced age, that “arguing by anecdote” is a logical fallacy, as well as every demagogue’s best friend. I won’t say your are guilty of the latter. You certainly are of the former.

    Leave your poor grandmother out of this! LOL…… The fact is that Wyoming and Montana have exceptionally high gun ownership rates…….second and third behind Alaska, I believe.

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  5. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 14 January, 2013, 09:12

    jimmy, you cannot compare apples and oranges when it comes to gun ownership in respective states. The population of the whole state of WY would fit into the city of San Bernardino, with half of that City still available for half of Rhode Island.

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  6. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 14 January, 2013, 09:19

    You used an anecdote, did you not, jimmy? You think you know more about the states of WY and MT, than I do, just because you worked in Yellowstone? I’m sure you had the time during your day off each week to drive all over those two states and observe who had guns on their trucks! Grandmas!! Oh, Boy!

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  7. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 14 January, 2013, 17:02

    Oakland is first per capita for robberies. They’re just imitating what their former mayor, Gov. Brown, has done with Prop. 30.

    — John Seiler

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  8. Hondo
    Hondo 14 January, 2013, 18:49

    A writer in the Oakland Tribune just called for the national guard for the city. This city can’t blame any republicans for it’s misery. Same for Chicago. They can blame the democratic party machine. I imagine if you look at the murder rates in the counties that voted republican vs those who voted democrat in this last election, you would see an ongoing genocide of their own people by the dems. Someone prove me wrong. I don’t know where to get those stats.

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  9. boo
    boo 30 April, 2013, 09:08

    I like #1 comment. I think the difference between Montana and here is the high level of poverty on the streets, systemic economic disparity (between races and gap between income and cost of living is huge) and historical lack of access to “legitimate” means to having enough. OPD and the Mayors office are histically a mess; the mayors proposed budget is 200M policing and 50M community services; she would rather lock people up for profit (correction/policing are largest lobby group in CA) or powerlessness (union contracts,developer profit motives…); she knows the budget perpetuates violence and more incarceration, but is powerless, inpart to her own incompetency and, in part, the weight of a historic system not open to change. She rests on profiting developers to clean up the streets and is a barrier to Oakland citizen efforts to create a place for everyone to live safely. Here, people think restricting guns to citizens will stop violence by citizens; though, only assuring less economic disparity and access to right livlihood will be the only means to address violence. I’d say the rate of police violence with guns is disproportionate to citizens violence with guns. Yes, I’m a well off “white” liberal male.

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