If you want to see what a city that imposes "common sense gun laws" looks like as those laws continue to mount, just take a look at Chicago, Illinois. And as the "Summer Violence Season" opens in the Windy City, over this past weekend, 52 people were shot and 10 were murdered.
The number overshadows the previous Memorial Day weekend in which 43 people were shot, seven were fatalities.
In April, Mayor-elect coined the phrase "Summer Violence Season" back in April, claiming that this kind of violence is seasonal.
“We’re going to be heading soon into the summer violence season,” Lightfoot told CNN. “After that’s over, we’ll evaluate at that point, but I’m going to be working closely with the (police) superintendent and with his executive team to make sure that we keep our neighborhoods safe.”
The issue she doesn't understand is the depravity of the human heart that isn't seasonal at all.
The New American reports:
Chicago police believe that most of the people shot were targeted by gangs. Deputy Chief Al Nagode, who oversees the city’s west side where much of the violence emanated from, said the shootings were “not random” and appear to be motivated by a disputed open-air drug market in the city.
At least two of the murders were likely incidents of domestic violence, according to the Chicago police.
“I can tell you, weekends like this, all our officers take this very personal,” Nagode said. “We faced formidable challenges with gang factions settling conflicts with gun violence.”
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called the weekend violence “despicable” and said it shows that “the challenges we face are complex and profound.”
“I know I speak for everyone at CPD when I say we take these shootings seriously, and there’s a heightened sense of urgency and care when it comes to gun violence in this city,” Johnson said during a Monday press conference.
More than half the victims were murdered or wounded in a twelve-hour stretch beginning Friday night and extending into Saturday morning. According to Johnson, the violence began on the city’s west side and spilled into downtown. Violence also flared on the city’s south side and moved into other neighborhoods as the night went on.
Beginning Saturday, police initiated targeted patrols in areas where gang retaliations were expected. The targeted patrols yielded 19 arrests on gun charges and the confiscation of over 90 illegally obtained guns. Johnson also said that the department has some “very good leads” on some of the homicides and expects to make more arrests soon.
The Chicago Tribune lays out updated graphics specifically for homicides. Imagine that!
According to the update posted on Sunday, there are have been 206 homicides in 2019, just five less than in 218, but with the "Summer Violence Season" heating up, those numbers are definitely going to skyrocket.
The highest numbers of homicides occur between April and August, with the times of the highest homicides occurring on Saturday.
The majority of homicides are due to gun violence. Note that I said gun violence, not guns themselves.
It's always a person behind the gun.
Sadly, Chicago has sought to restrict law-abiding citizens from exercising their rights that are supposed to be protected by government and in the process, they have allowed criminals and gangs an open season on the people of the city.
Sadly, young black men are numbered the most among the victims by almost ten times that of white people.
I'll guarantee you that is in the poorest section of the city where gangs flourish.
However, there are solutions and it simply involves government to do its job, which is to render justice and protect the rights of the people, including the right to keep and bear arms.
The New American adds:
Last year, after another particularly violent Chicago weekend, former New York City Mayor and current lawyer for Donald Trump Rudy Guiliani offered some insight. “Chicago murders are a direct result of one-party Democratic rule for decades. Policing genius Jerry McCarthy can do for Chicago what I did for NYC. He was one of the architects of CompStat. Slashed homicides over 70%. Tens of thousands of lives saved,” Guiliani said in a tweet.
While CompStat, a computer management system that aids police in organization and crime-fighting, might help, it’s the first part of Giuliani’s statement that makes the most sense. Chicago has a well-earned reputation for political corruption dating back decades. Perhaps the simplest solution lies with removing the current leadership in the city and replacing them with people who aren’t corrupt and are not beholden to criminal interests.
As usual, the solution resides with the people themselves, not with the government. Only when the people get sick enough of the violence to act with their votes will the situation improve.
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