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Obama's disturbing, hypocritical silence on Chicago gun violence

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Gregory Kane,Gun Control,Analysis

That's what we're getting from the president of the United States in the wake of Chicago gun violence that left eight dead and 46 wounded over one weekend.

Chicago is the adopted hometown of one President Barack Hussein Obama. It is a city that has some of the most draconian gun restrictions in the nation.

The weekend that began Friday, June 14, and ended Sunday, June 16, found Chicagoans enduring three days of gun carnage. According to a story on the website abclocal.go.com, Chicago police were involved in at least three of the shootings.

That means there were no fewer than 51 incidents of civilian-on-civilian mayhem. In one weekend.

You would think, as vociferous as our president was about the need for gun control and the need to end gun violence after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that we'd hear from him about the gun violence that occurred in just one weekend back in his hometown.

But our president is no fool. He might be a smarmy, smooth-talking demagogue, but he's no fool.

He knows that saying anything about gun violence in Chicago will only highlight just how useless laws that seek to control or ban guns are.

He knows that he won't be able to make cheap, tawdry, demagogic appeals to emotion the way he did in the Newtown massacre, trotting out the parents of dead children to make the case for gun control.

He knows that probably few, if any, of the gun incidents in Chicago involved so-called assault weapons, which the Democrats howled about banning after the Newtown shootings.

And above all, the president knows this: there is no opportunity for him to be the demagogue when it comes to the Chicago shootings. There's no upside, at least not for Democrats.

Discerning Americans will note that Democrats, members of the president's party, have run Chicago for quite some time.

And those same Americans might point out that Chicago's mayor is one Rahm Emmanuel, Obama's former White House chief of staff.

There was a surge in Chicago gun violence after Emmanuel became mayor. Those that adhere to the "post hoc, ergo propter hoc" (after this, therefore because of this) school of logic might conclude that Emmanuel is at fault, but why blame one guy when we can blame an entire political party?

You can bet that if Republicans controlled Chicago as tightly as Democrats do, and that the gun violence the city experienced in all of 2012 and just last weekend happened on the Republican watch, it would be HUGE news in the mainstream media.

And yes, there would be television and newspaper editors pointing the finger of blame for Chicago's gun violence in one direction and one direction only:

Directly at Republicans.

So lets' force Democrats -- and their esteemed leader in the White House -- to take ownership of their failure to control or even stem gun violence in Chicago.

Let's force Democrats to explain to the nation why, if gun control laws are so effective, they haven't worked in Chicago.

Let's compel Democrats to explain how incidents like this, taken from an abclocal.go.com story, happen in a city with the gun restrictions Chicago has:

"About 1:15 a.m. Sunday, a man was shot to death in Englewood. Jamal Jones, 19, was found on a sidewalk ... with gunshot wounds to the shoulder and chest."

"A few minutes after midnight Sunday, 40-year-old Todd Wood was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in the Chatham neighborhood. A gunman walked up to the open door of the club ... and opened fire, striking the four men."

Those are just two victims of 51 in a weekend of Chicago violence. I leave it to Democrats to explain how gun restrictions helped ratchet down the carnage.

GREGORY KANE, Washington Examiner Columnist is Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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