“Since last Thursday, at least 103 people have been wounded, which includes those dead, in Chicago from gun violence,” chicago.cbslocal.com reports. Ascribing the body count to “gun violence” makes it sound like the victims were struck down by some kind of ballistic cancer. From there it’s a short step to calling guns the killer cells creating this “disease.” In fact, gun violence is people shooting people. In Chicago it’s mostly African-American people shooting African-American people late at night/early in the morning over something to do with drugs. Which makes it alright. For the politicians, anyway . . .
Because the real source of the pols’ power lies outside of the inner city’s economic black holes. It lies within the mostly white Chicago suburbs, where the police do a damn fine job of protecting the Windy City’s movers and shakers (including the politicians themselves) from urban gang-bangers.
True story. The “thin blue line” stops Chicago’s vicious criminals from invading the ‘burbs to prey upon mostly white residents with the same violence and thuggery as they practice in their home turf. The perps know that the city more-or-less tolerates them as long as they stay in their cage. Venture outside and the po-po will SWAT them like a fly.
In fact, you could say that Illinois’ gun control—laws that prevent Americans in crime infested neighborhoods from exercising their Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms—create a deadly form of apartheid.
Rich mostly white people remain relatively unmolested, protected by the cops’ guns and the threat of overwhelming force. Poor mostly black people are left to their own devices. Disarmed. Sure Chicago’s African-Americans have their “own” police force. But that force is no match for the criminals quarantined within their part of the city. Clearly.
Look at the media-friendly firearms-related KSI (Killed and Seriously Injured) statistics. But don’t forget to look at Chicago inner city crime stats in general; there are hundreds of crimes against “average” citizens. Click here for a run down on Zip Code 60609. Sure there are plenty of narcotics offenses. But there’s also theft, vandalism, trespass and deceptive practice.
And this is one tiny slice of the City during a limited time window. And these are just reported crimes.
If law-abiding members of Chicago’s African American communities want the same kind of safety enjoyed by their wealthier fellow citizens, they have to reclaim their right to armed self-defense and make their neighborhoods a no-go zone for the gang bangers. They have to take back the streets.
I’m not arguing for vigilantism. I’m arguing for armed deterrence and steadfast self-determination. And don’t talk to me about how it’s the government’s job to create or ensure economic and educational equality so that the black community can rise above the rampant criminality plaguing their communty.
God made man. Samuel Colt made them equal.