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New York - Historic Documentary Reveals Disturbing Footage Of 1939 Madison Square Garden Massive Pro-Nazi Rally

Published on: October 18, 2017 10:58 AM
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New York - A recently released documentary short provides a chilling look at a 1939 Madison Square Garden rally staged by a pro-Nazi group in honor of George Washington’s birthday.

The film, titled A Night at the Garden, was produced and directed by Academy Award winner Marshall Curry, who said that after learning about the rally last year, he was stunned to discover that the event had been filmed.  Piecing together short clips of the rally from various historical archives, Curry put together a seven minute film of the event which took place on February 20th, 1939, less than a year before the invasion of Poland.

The rally was organized by the German American Bund, which is believed to have had 25,000 paid members in 1939 according to the Holocaust Encyclopedia (http://bit.ly/2xOtlr0).  An estimated 22,000 people attended the “Pro-American”  rally, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before extending their arms in a Nazi salute and hearing Bund leader Fritz Kuhn condemn the “Jewish controlled press” and calling for “a socially just, white, Gentile-ruled United States.”

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Among the most chilling moments of the documentary are seeing a Jewish protestor who rushed the stage being viciously beaten by uniformed Bund members, while a Nazi youth on stage observing the violence can be seen dancing and rubbing his hands gleefully together.

A blog post by Curry (http://bit.ly/2xQaLyy) references a New York Time article  written one day after the rally, which estimated the crowd of protesters outside the Garden at approximately 10,000 people. A record1,700 police officers were deployed to provide security both inside and outside the Garden, prompting Police Commissioner Lewis Valentine to quip “we have enough police here to stop a revolution.”

A letter written by the American Jewish Committee to the management of Madison Square Garden before the event supported the Bund’s right to rally despite espousing views that it classified as “anti-American” and “anti-Democratic.”

“Because we believe that the basic free rights of free speech and free assembly must never be tampered with in the United States, we are opposed to any action to prevent the Bund from airing its views,” said the letter signed by Edward S. Greenbaum, chairman of the American Jewish Committee’s survey committee.

Curry said that the Charlottesville riots this past summer imbued him with a sense of urgency and the need to remind the world that even decades ago there were many in America who supported white supremacists and anti-Semitism.

“Events like this should remind us not to be complacent,” noted Marshall. “That the things we care about have to be nurtured and defended regularly, because even seemingly good people have the potential to do hideous things.”



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 Oct 18, 2017 at 11:10 AM hashomer Says:

It looks like the torchlight Trumpf rally in Charlottesville VA. By the way, tomorrow at University of Florida there will be another nazi rally that some of you Trumpf lovers may want to attend...

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 11:12 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Is the rally Fred Trump attended?

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 11:34 AM AlbertEinstein Says:

Reply to #1  
hashomer Says:

It looks like the torchlight Trumpf rally in Charlottesville VA. By the way, tomorrow at University of Florida there will be another nazi rally that some of you Trumpf lovers may want to attend...

It's Trump, not Trumpf. Show me the Nazis, hashomer.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 12:05 PM Donald Trump Says:

I condemn the violence by both the Jewish protester and by those attending the rally, which included some very fine people.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 12:06 PM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #3  
AlbertEinstein Says:

It's Trump, not Trumpf. Show me the Nazis, hashomer.

Both of you are wrong...it's Drumpf

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 12:47 PM Trump, Putin--just kiss already! Says:

Reply to #5  
yonasonw Says:

Both of you are wrong...it's Drumpf

It's Trump. Because the name was changed. Just like Vermin Supreme's real name is actually Vermin Supreme, due to a legal and valid name change.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 01:05 PM Archy Says:

Reply to #5  
yonasonw Says:

Both of you are wrong...it's Drumpf

Mr Drumpf/ James Oliver was brutally embarrassed and as my kid says shtuched out in 2016

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 01:21 PM Hohomer Says:

Looks like a Democratic rally to me, home of the DNC.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 01:21 PM Just Wondering..... Says:

Which party embraced the Nazis? That's right it wasn't the Republicans

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 02:00 PM Archy Says:

Reply to #9  
Just Wondering..... Says:

Which party embraced the Nazis? That's right it wasn't the Republicans

I assume you also mean the Ukrainain white nationalist anti-semites the Putin is battling and the democrats are embracing?

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 02:06 PM MayAllPoliticiansStubTheirToesDaily Says:

Reply to #9  
Just Wondering..... Says:

Which party embraced the Nazis? That's right it wasn't the Republicans

The two parties have been switching ideologies with each other since they came into existence.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 02:08 PM Breslover-Kotzker Says:

Reply to #9  
Just Wondering..... Says:

Which party embraced the Nazis? That's right it wasn't the Republicans

Of course it was the Democrats. The same democrats that supported the Southern states right to keep their slaves less than 100 years earlier.
Lincoln was a Republican.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 02:31 PM hashomer Says:

Reply to #3  
AlbertEinstein Says:

It's Trump, not Trumpf. Show me the Nazis, hashomer.

If you love Trumpf just look in the mirror, you may see one.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 02:38 PM hashomer Says:

Reply to #9  
Just Wondering..... Says:

Which party embraced the Nazis? That's right it wasn't the Republicans

And when did the Democrats 'embrace' the nazis? Maybe when FDR prepared for WAR against them and then sent 1 million soldiers to fight and destroy them? In fact it was the Charles Lindbergh - Father Coughlin wing of the isolationist 'America First' Republicans that loved the nazis, like Trumpf does now. But you weren't over here then, were you?

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 04:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Just Wondering..... Says:

Which party embraced the Nazis? That's right it wasn't the Republicans

Hitler was broke and he sent Hjalmar Schacht his financial wizard to United states to secure a loan. Hjalmar Schacht secured the dollar loan. The banker was James Forrestal. Alllen Dulles and John Foster Dulles were Hitler's lawyers

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 04:57 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #8  
Hohomer Says:

Looks like a Democratic rally to me, home of the DNC.

how so, chochem?

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 05:06 PM georgeg Says:

Reply to #14  
hashomer Says:

And when did the Democrats 'embrace' the nazis? Maybe when FDR prepared for WAR against them and then sent 1 million soldiers to fight and destroy them? In fact it was the Charles Lindbergh - Father Coughlin wing of the isolationist 'America First' Republicans that loved the nazis, like Trumpf does now. But you weren't over here then, were you?

So you gratuitously throw in the word "Republicans" to make it seem as if Lindbergh was Republican. Further, the "America First Committee" was founded by both Republicans and Democrats (example of the latter: Sargent Shriver who later campaigned for Kennedy).

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 05:11 PM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #9  
Just Wondering..... Says:

Which party embraced the Nazis? That's right it wasn't the Republicans

Oh yeah...the GOP supported the Isolationist America Firsters, a movement full of German and Nazi sympathizers.

It was largely Democrats and progressives who volunteered to fight in Spain against German supported Franco fascists, who (other than the CPUSA) pushed for Lend Lease for Britain, who supported the U.S. Navy assisting the British escorting convoys, months before our formal entry into WWII, and who were in the vanguard in urging the necessity and inevitability of us joining the fight against the Nazis.

It was what you uneducated sloths would call a "leftist" who wrote the progressive folk song The Sinking of The Reuben James, in honor of the 95 American sailors lost on the U.S.S. Reuben James, a destroyer which was the first United States warship to be sunk in the War...off Iceland in an unprovoked attack by a German U-Boat...on October 31, 1941, before this country was in the War.

My parents raised me in the immediate post-WWII years, where I often listened to the song sputtering out from an old '78:

"What were their names, tell me what were their names, did you have a friend on the good Reuben James?"

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 05:11 PM Archy Says:

Reply to #14  
hashomer Says:

And when did the Democrats 'embrace' the nazis? Maybe when FDR prepared for WAR against them and then sent 1 million soldiers to fight and destroy them? In fact it was the Charles Lindbergh - Father Coughlin wing of the isolationist 'America First' Republicans that loved the nazis, like Trumpf does now. But you weren't over here then, were you?

The white Ukrainian Nationalists against Putin supported by democrats are nazis as was on the news yesterday. They are the European version of David Duke's guys. Anyone who is truely concerned about nazis and anti semitism would be on Putin's side. Speak to any activist monitoring anti semtism and they will conceed that Putin is good to Russian Jewry and in fact has a strong connection to Rabbi Lazar. You can gladly reach out to Malcolm Honeline who will verify it.

You may dislike his meddling in the USA elections but facts remain that Putin is an ohev yisroel, anti nazis.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 05:16 PM Angry Veteran Says:

Reply to #10  
Archy Says:

I assume you also mean the Ukrainain white nationalist anti-semites the Putin is battling and the democrats are embracing?

You'd be good to use as a range target...your twisting of facts is dangerous, and your misplaced praise of that dictatorial KGB dirt bag Putin is infuriating. Literally...I have killed better men than you.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 06:42 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #20  
Angry Veteran Says:

You'd be good to use as a range target...your twisting of facts is dangerous, and your misplaced praise of that dictatorial KGB dirt bag Putin is infuriating. Literally...I have killed better men than you.

Please do fact check . Research is putin good or bad to his Jewish citizens ? It's a simple question .

The fact that he was or is a KGB agent has nothing to do with his policies towards Jews . Please fact check

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 07:04 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #20  
Angry Veteran Says:

You'd be good to use as a range target...your twisting of facts is dangerous, and your misplaced praise of that dictatorial KGB dirt bag Putin is infuriating. Literally...I have killed better men than you.

And let me kind of requantify this . Even those that label putin a KGB officer it's different than the classic soviet communism. Stuff that don't directly threaten his power are not his concern . Putin realizes that just because a Jew does Bris mila or keeps shabbos does not mean his power is threatened and to the contrary he shows off that he is not like Bloomberg and he allows metiziza bpeh.

Putin may be kgb like in terms of knocking off his opponents or mingeling in elections of foreign countries . But on the narrow issue of anti semitism , he is very pro Jews and that's a well known fact .

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 07:19 PM Hoshomer Says:

Reply to #18  
yonasonw Says:

Oh yeah...the GOP supported the Isolationist America Firsters, a movement full of German and Nazi sympathizers.

It was largely Democrats and progressives who volunteered to fight in Spain against German supported Franco fascists, who (other than the CPUSA) pushed for Lend Lease for Britain, who supported the U.S. Navy assisting the British escorting convoys, months before our formal entry into WWII, and who were in the vanguard in urging the necessity and inevitability of us joining the fight against the Nazis.

It was what you uneducated sloths would call a "leftist" who wrote the progressive folk song The Sinking of The Reuben James, in honor of the 95 American sailors lost on the U.S.S. Reuben James, a destroyer which was the first United States warship to be sunk in the War...off Iceland in an unprovoked attack by a German U-Boat...on October 31, 1941, before this country was in the War.

My parents raised me in the immediate post-WWII years, where I often listened to the song sputtering out from an old '78:

"What were their names, tell me what were their names, did you have a friend on the good Reuben James?"

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) extended into almost every southern state by 1870 and became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks. Its members waged an underground campaign of intimidation and violence directed at white and black Republican leaders.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 07:32 PM Hoshomer Says:

Reply to #14  
hashomer Says:

And when did the Democrats 'embrace' the nazis? Maybe when FDR prepared for WAR against them and then sent 1 million soldiers to fight and destroy them? In fact it was the Charles Lindbergh - Father Coughlin wing of the isolationist 'America First' Republicans that loved the nazis, like Trumpf does now. But you weren't over here then, were you?

Though Congress passed legislation designed to curb Klan terrorism, the organization saw its primary goal–the reestablishment of white supremacy–fulfilled through Democratic victories in state legislatures across the South in the 1870s.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 07:35 PM Hoshomer Says:

Reply to #16  
Phineas Says:

how so, chochem?

They were the acting as the military arm of the Democratic Party and are attributed with helping white Democrats regain control of state legislatures throughout the South.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 08:22 PM savtat Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

Hitler was broke and he sent Hjalmar Schacht his financial wizard to United states to secure a loan. Hjalmar Schacht secured the dollar loan. The banker was James Forrestal. Alllen Dulles and John Foster Dulles were Hitler's lawyers

OMG, I never knew that!

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 08:45 PM Educated Archy Says:

Justifying terror attacks in Israel by labeling it as part of the occupation or just plan out lying like when the failing NYT writes "10 people killed in terror attack in jeruslaim" , when two of those killed were the terrorists or when the failing NYT writes "10 people dead in new Israeli Palestinian violence" , when five were terrorists making bombs... ,when the liberals justfiy the murder of our jewish brothers they are today's modern nazis sympathizers.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 09:55 PM BYgirl Says:

Reply to #27  
Educated Archy Says:

Justifying terror attacks in Israel by labeling it as part of the occupation or just plan out lying like when the failing NYT writes "10 people killed in terror attack in jeruslaim" , when two of those killed were the terrorists or when the failing NYT writes "10 people dead in new Israeli Palestinian violence" , when five were terrorists making bombs... ,when the liberals justfiy the murder of our jewish brothers they are today's modern nazis sympathizers.

Israel is the designated scapegoat. Therefore, they are always wrong.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 10:39 PM hashomer Says:

Reply to #27  
Educated Archy Says:

Justifying terror attacks in Israel by labeling it as part of the occupation or just plan out lying like when the failing NYT writes "10 people killed in terror attack in jeruslaim" , when two of those killed were the terrorists or when the failing NYT writes "10 people dead in new Israeli Palestinian violence" , when five were terrorists making bombs... ,when the liberals justfiy the murder of our jewish brothers they are today's modern nazis sympathizers.

With your mindless babble you can't stay on topic. The article was about the documentary on the nazi meeting at MSG. Herr Trumpf said ' there were good people on both sides' including avowed nazis in Charlottesville. How can you explain that to victims of the Churban?

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 11:37 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #29  
hashomer Says:

With your mindless babble you can't stay on topic. The article was about the documentary on the nazi meeting at MSG. Herr Trumpf said ' there were good people on both sides' including avowed nazis in Charlottesville. How can you explain that to victims of the Churban?

Simple explanation. Trump said "there were good and bad on bath sides" The key being and bad.

Bad on both sides:
Neo Nazis on the right,
Antifa on the left, who believes in violence for social justice. No they are not morally equal but both are bad

Good On Both sides:
On the right, Innocent peaceful protesters who gathered to protest the removal of the statue and who never noticed those nazis signs thus never left. (In a group of thousands you don't see everyone)
On the left: innocent peaceful protesters who were protesting Spencer and the far right and who felt the statue should be removed.

So the victims of the churban know Trump condemns nazis too

As a side note, yes neo nazis are very very bad but times and threats changed. Bored loser soles on social media who have nothing better to do but waive nazis flags is not equal to nazis Germany 1933. Any victim of the churban including my family, would be more concerned about groups who are actually committing acts of nazism or close to it, to our brothers. aka muslim terror groups and supporters

Yes nazis symbolisms are a concern and we need to stop them but a greater concern is nazis actions and deeds.

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 04:21 AM Lover of Jews hater of arabs Says:

First of all, Washington was a friend to & of the Jews.

Second, I won't use bad language so I will be sarcastic, what wonderfully, sweet liberals we had back then, not to different from now. In fact, we have those who like the betrayer, moron Greenbaum, who love the arabs, standswith BDS & more

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 04:34 AM Lover of Jews hater of arabs Says:

Reply to #20  
Angry Veteran Says:

You'd be good to use as a range target...your twisting of facts is dangerous, and your misplaced praise of that dictatorial KGB dirt bag Putin is infuriating. Literally...I have killed better men than you.

Wow still playing those war games on Xbox or whatever it is these days? Unlike you, I admit I have no knowledge on Xbox or war games that children play on computers & I don't state things unless factual, in this case that Putin is an ohev yisroel like educated anarchy stated. If I were you I'd put down the mindless war game & do some research.

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 04:35 AM Lover of Jews hater of arabs Says:

Reply to #26  
savtat Says:

OMG, I never knew that!

Chase bank gave them a loan.

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 09:25 AM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #23  
Hoshomer Says:

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) extended into almost every southern state by 1870 and became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks. Its members waged an underground campaign of intimidation and violence directed at white and black Republican leaders.

Oh...you are equating the Civil war era Republican Party with today's? Bad call.

The South was solidly Democrat for 100 years after the Civil War, because of the legacy of the war and Lincoln. But Southern Democrats, or "Dixiecrats" were the party of George Wallace, not the mainstream Party - in the late 60s and 70s they began increasingly to abandon the Democrat Party and move to the GOP.

In 1968 the political scientist Kevin Phillips wrote a then controversial, and it turned out seminal work about this, The Emerging Republican Majority, explaining Nixon's 1968 victory and explaining how and why the conservative South would turn solidly Republican.

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 09:30 AM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #26  
savtat Says:

OMG, I never knew that!

Do your own research, even on as simple a source as Google...don't believe unquestioningly unsupported VIN blog comments.

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 10:04 AM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #30  
Educated Archy Says:

Simple explanation. Trump said "there were good and bad on bath sides" The key being and bad.

Bad on both sides:
Neo Nazis on the right,
Antifa on the left, who believes in violence for social justice. No they are not morally equal but both are bad

Good On Both sides:
On the right, Innocent peaceful protesters who gathered to protest the removal of the statue and who never noticed those nazis signs thus never left. (In a group of thousands you don't see everyone)
On the left: innocent peaceful protesters who were protesting Spencer and the far right and who felt the statue should be removed.

So the victims of the churban know Trump condemns nazis too

As a side note, yes neo nazis are very very bad but times and threats changed. Bored loser soles on social media who have nothing better to do but waive nazis flags is not equal to nazis Germany 1933. Any victim of the churban including my family, would be more concerned about groups who are actually committing acts of nazism or close to it, to our brothers. aka muslim terror groups and supporters

Yes nazis symbolisms are a concern and we need to stop them but a greater concern is nazis actions and deeds.

Nice Try Archie...you are cherry picking from barely comprehensible "good" "bad" comments uttered by your Fuhrer two days after suffering from withering criticism for his initial comment about "some very fine people" being among the white supremacists.

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 12:17 PM Hoshomer Says:

Reply to #34  
yonasonw Says:

Oh...you are equating the Civil war era Republican Party with today's? Bad call.

The South was solidly Democrat for 100 years after the Civil War, because of the legacy of the war and Lincoln. But Southern Democrats, or "Dixiecrats" were the party of George Wallace, not the mainstream Party - in the late 60s and 70s they began increasingly to abandon the Democrat Party and move to the GOP.

In 1968 the political scientist Kevin Phillips wrote a then controversial, and it turned out seminal work about this, The Emerging Republican Majority, explaining Nixon's 1968 victory and explaining how and why the conservative South would turn solidly Republican.

Well if the dems didn't create them we wouldn't be having this discussion today.

Besides the Dems version was way worse. How many murders were attributable to the old version vs. the current version? Hint, It's not even close.

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 01:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #36  
yonasonw Says:

Nice Try Archie...you are cherry picking from barely comprehensible "good" "bad" comments uttered by your Fuhrer two days after suffering from withering criticism for his initial comment about "some very fine people" being among the white supremacists.

Thats right "some very fine people. The key being "some". I think the media nit picked

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 02:06 PM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #37  
Hoshomer Says:

Well if the dems didn't create them we wouldn't be having this discussion today.

Besides the Dems version was way worse. How many murders were attributable to the old version vs. the current version? Hint, It's not even close.

Who prey tell is your "them?"

And, btw, I work in law for a large law enforcement agency, and I deal with crime statistics almost weekly...statistics are not kept by political affiliation, but there is related anecdotal data.

For example, according to a Smart Politics report by Dr. Eric Ostermeier, the average violent crime rate (murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault) in 2008 for the 28 states that voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election was 389 incidents per 100,000 residents. The average violent crime rate for the 22 states that voted for John McCain was 412 incidents per 100,000 residents – or a 5.8 percent higher incidence of violent crime...

...and a Smart Politics analysis of partisan control of state legislatures that year, in 2008, found the 27 states with Democratic-controlled legislatures had an average violent crime rate of 390 incidents per 100,000 residents. The average violent crime rate for the 14 states with Republican-controlled legislatures was 11.1 percent higher, at 433 incidents per 100,000 residents. (The rate was lowest among eight states with split partisan control – at 382).

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