Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Public funds for lobbying. ...

For the second time in as many weeks, Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Arne Duncan is using public education funds to bus students to lobby legislators for personal agendas. This time takes them to the state capitol. Two hours away from the city. As usual, emotion is clouding logic:

"My uncle was killed due to guns, so I want to give him his voice," said student Emmanuel Izaguirre.

No kid, your uncle was killed due to criminals using guns. While extracurricular activities will hopefully make a difference, the fact that the gangs run the streets while too many in the CPD are showing they're little better will negate most positive influences. If guns were really the problem, you'ld see much higher crime rates in the rest of the state where legal ownership is more prevalent.

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