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CeaseFire criminal corruption may rival that of Bloomberg mayors

Who better to "stop the violence" than those who employ it?
Who better to "stop the violence" than those who employ it?
Cook County Sheriff's Department of Corrections

An “interrupter” for Chicago’s CeaseFire program has been arrested for “36 counts charging him with sexually assaulting and kidnapping a teenage girl while he worked for the program,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday. Richard Hernandez is “among at least nine employees of the anti-violence program to face serious criminal charges in recent years.”

The Manic Latin Disciples ranking member and prohibited person due to gun and drug convictions is joined in problematic legal issues by former CeaseFire Illinois Director Tio Hardman, who was charged with domestic violence, and “CeaseFire worker Sylvester Hudson, who was charged last year with selling heroin to a federal informant outside CeaseFire’s headquarters at UIC.

“Another CeaseFire employee was sentenced to Cook County boot camp in 2011 for possession of a machine gun/automatic weapon,” the report continues. “Since 2010, five other CeaseFire employees have been sentenced to federal prison ­-- and a sixth was sentenced to probation -- in drug cases.”

To a rational individual, the failure of CeaseFire, to where even the City of Chicago dropped the group from its "anti-violence" efforts, ought to provide indicators about the "public health" model the group centers on that is also at the core of anti-gun "research," and the political pressure to reauthorize agenda advocacy by the Centers for Disease Control. That hardly gives legitimacy to the end of "tougher antigun legislation" cited by the National Institute of Justice in its overview of the renamed group, Cure Violence.

It should also be noted the criminal cases are reminiscent of several others this correspondent has reported over the years.

Back in 2008, this column featured Philadelphia gun “buyback” sponsor Joseph Mammana, who ended up going to prison on gun and corruption charges. It talked about the Tre Crips doing their bit for “gun control.” Also written about even earlier were the disarmament efforts of Long Island Lolita Amy Fisher, Barbara Graham, the Million Mom March activist who shot the wrong man trying to avenge her son, another Million Mommy, and Annette Stevens, who worked to disarm you and me while "illegally" possessing a gun and drugs. And no list would be complete without an honorable mention for “Hector ‘Big Weasel’ Marroquin, 51 -- who founded the one-time city-funded group "No Guns" in 1996, purportedly to work against gang and gun violence in the inner city – [who was] charged with the sale of an assault rifle, a machine gun, two pistols and two silencers...It [was] his second weapons-related arrest in as many years.”

Still, it would be remiss to blame all such crimes on private parties. When it comes to criminal activities, Mike Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns continues to rack up impressive numbers of members who can’t seem to stay out of trouble with the law -- and unlike Richard, Joe, Amy, Big Weasel and the rest, these official weasels often have the political power to subject gun owners to a world of hurt.

When you think about it, of course it makes sense that criminals, particularly the political kind, want good people to be disarmed. Being corrupt doesn’t automatically mean one is stupid.

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