Crime and killings in Chicago are “epidemic”? Perhaps not the best choice of words, given that gun control advocates want people to think of “gun violence” as a “public health crisis” that requires civilian disarmament. Still . . .
President Trump is highlighting the fact that Uncle Sam has sent twenty ATF agents to the Windy City to join a newly formed task force. According to chicagotribune.com, the new group’s tasked with “cutting the flow of illegal guns into the city and cracking down on people repeatedly arrested on gun charges.”
As our man Boch reported, “cracking down” on criminals using firearms is something with which Chicago is decidedly unfamiliar. The addition of the ATF agents to the law enforcement mix probably means they’ll file federal gun charges to bypass Chicago’s broken criminal justice system.
According to our good friends at The Trace (thanks for the link!), “The team will use ballistics technology to solve shootings and nab gun traffickers.” Because that’s worked so well in the past. Or not.
Anyway, The Trib not only dings the Prez for possibly taking credit for a plan already in place, but also slates him for under-estimating the city’s number of people shot.
Trump said there have been “1714 shootings in Chicago this year!” but the number is actually higher, according to data kept by the Tribune. As of Friday morning, the number of people shot in Chicago was at least 1,760, still lower than this time last year when violence reached levels not seen in two decades.
So that’s alright then!
Given the ATF’s execrable track record in apprehending firearms scofflaws (within the boundaries of the law), given that gangs are the root of the problem, don’t expect great results from this new unit. But do expect celebratory headlines.