Chicago’s ruling political class seems especially proud of all of the “layers of security” their strict gun control offers their residents. We see it as keeping the law-abiding good guys from being able to defend themselves from violent, predatory criminals running free without any deterrence in the form of knowing a victim might shoot back.
Who is right?
Well, without Chicago-style gun control, most of Illinois had a fairly uneventful weekend. With Chicago style gun control, Chicago had a bloodbath.
We predict shameless Chicago politicians will point to the violence this weekend as a reason for more gun control. For low-information politicians, why not double down on failed policies once again? Sadly though, they will agitate for spreading Chicago-style gun control throughout Illinois to keep us all safe, just like the residents of Chicago are safe.
Also, it’s Hip Hop Against Violence Week. That’s sure worked out well for Chicago’s Hip Hop culture, has it not?
As part of those events, there’s the HIP-HOP 4 PEACE PROGRAM:
The purpose of this project is to improve the image and unity within the Hip-Hop Community while reducing crime and violence in our schools, home and community. Celebrities, elected officials, community and business leaders will educate our youths about the consequences of illegal firearms, gang violence, criminal activities and war. Celebrities will produce PSA’s, visit schools, youth centers, prisons and housing projects to reinforce our message and offer incentives to participants that help us in our efforts to reduce gun crimes, war and violence. There will be support from our Artists & Student Mediation Board and Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Gang Violence Prevention. Participants that are incarcerated, recently released from jail, on parole, probation or a work release program will have an opportunity to volunteer their time towards mentoring at-risk youth and mediating disputes that could lead to violence.
Why are we just a little cynical? Because it was a bloodbath in Chicago this past weekend.
Chicago (Sun-Times) – Five people have been killed and at least 15 others wounded — including a 12-year-old boy left in critical condition — in shootings around the city since Friday night.
The most recent fatal shooting happened about 2:10 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of South Cicero in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, police said. Edward Jordan, 53, of the 4900 block of West Lexington, was shot in the neck and later died at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Including this triple shooting in a park in the Englewood neighborhood (not even listed as one of American’s worst 25 neighborhoods, by the way) that occurred in a “memorial park” named after a tragic crime twenty years ago, according to Second City Cop.
Chicago (CBS Chicago) – About 9:15 p.m. Saturday, a shooter or shooters opened fire at a group of people at Ryan Harris Memorial Park in the 6800 block of South Lowe in the Englewood neighborhood. Shaneda Lawrence, 30, of the 9600 block of South Peoria, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at 12:46 a.m. at Stroger Hospital. A woman in her 20s was shot in the wrist, and a 24-year-old man was shot in the back.