Here’s a fun thought experiment – which piece of news do you think they find more upsetting at Chicago City Hall this week? Is it that a Cook County judge ruled that residents have a right to carry a concealed weapon or that the Windy City is now officially the murder capital of America? “The city of Chicago registered more homicides than any city in the nation in 2012, surpassing even New York — despite the fact that the Second City has only one third as many residents as the Big Apple. In new crime statistics released Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, up sharply from the 431 recorded in 2011. New York reported 419 murders last year, compared with 515 in 2011.” . . .
Despite the bad PR the new title will bring, we’re guessing the lack of control over their populace that the new judicial finding presents is what’s really keeping Mayor Rahm and Top Cop Garry McCarthy up at night. But as long as the shooting and wilding happen away from the Magnificent Mile and don’t spook the tourists, commuters or business owners too much, it can be managed. Where murder is concerned, the powers that be in the Windy City take the same approach as Don Zaluchi does with drugs in ‘The Godfather’: “keep the traffic in the dark people, the coloreds. They’re animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.”
Sure, it can be inconvenient when someone in the local media gets up the gumption to ask about the situation every once in a while, but there are ways to finesse it. ‘Harrumph! Crime is down this year! What we really need to do is keep rousting the locals and quash all this Second Amendment talk. Remember, we’re the only ones who see this problem clearly!’
So here’s hoping Chicago’s city fathers wear their new title proudly. They’ve certainly earned it.