By Mike Keleher
Come on man. Seriously?
A thousand human beings have been shot in Chicago from January to the end of May in 2018. To be completely precise 1071 were shot and 200 killed…but I think the point here is "Who is counting, and who is caring about this?"
Does anybody outside of Cook County and the victim's families really care? The Chicago Tribune published a single story and a couple of local papers re-published versions-but that was about it.
No media events with the mayor, no CNN live remotes, no MSNBC (are they even still on the air?), no liberal outrage. Just shooting and bleeding as usual in Chicago. I guess since the city is Democratic controlled it is not open to criticism for this year long shooting gallery for criminals. Imagine if there were a Republican mayor-holy cow! Or if the media could somehow blame Donald Trump in some bizarro twisted way..why that would be big news!
Some statistics may show 1000 to be an improvement over last years similar time frame-but still, a thousand people shot? Isn't that an epidemic? A thousand cases of the measles would surely be cause for alarm and public outcry. Why that measles thing could be serious! I don't want my kids to catch the measles even by accident, we need to do something about that!
Imagine the normally imprecise marksmanship involved with street crime that resulted in 1000 people being hit and surviving-three to four times that number may have been shot at and missed. That is an outrageous number of shootings concentrated in areas generally in the south side of the city and generally involve criminals shooting criminals. But they are still people.
Heyjackass.com reports June is ticking along in similar style with 20 killed and 95 wounded in the first 12 days of the month. They also show for the year someone is shot on average in the city every 3 hours and 22 minutes and someone is killed every 17 hours and 23 minutes.
With President Trump's historic meeting with Kim Jong Un and helping the North and South Koreans to formally end the Korean War in 2018, maybe he could stop off in Chicago on his way home and garner some peace accords on the south side.