Chicago Homicides Double Last Year’s Toll

Chicago crime scene (courtesy america.aljazeera.com)

Chicago. It’s the political birthplace of gun control advocate Barack Obama and current home to the President’s former Chief of Staff now Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is equally dedicated to civilian disarmament. How’s that gun control working out for them in the Windy City? Not so well . . .

Four homicides over the weekend and two more Monday morning pushed Chicago’s homicide count so far this year to double the same period last year.

The city has recorded at least 95 homicides since the first of the year, compared to 47 last year, according to data kept by the  Tribune. The city has also more than doubled the amount of people shot – about 420 this year compared to 193 last year.

The Chicago Tribune‘s tally of last weekend’s “gun violence” includes a 3-year-old boy shot in the leg as he played with a relative in the Englewood neighborhood. Gang violence, don’tchaknow.

I’m not saying that restoring residents’ gun rights would solve all the firearms-related gangland violence afflicting Chicago. The more logical place to begin: end the city’s revolving door justice system.

But when you’re disarmed in [what is in effect] a war zone, you focus your energy on government solutions and, thus, degrade both your ability and/or desire to effect change on a personal and community level. In other words, this is what happens to a disarmed populace. That is all.

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