Chicago-style violence raked Champaign, IL this past weekend, including a “mass shooting” 3:30am incident in the 1000-block of N. Sixth Street. Can you spell “gang violence?” Apparently Champaign’s uber-woke Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen can’t. Gangs are shooting up people left and right in her town. What does she do? Does she work tirelessly to crack down on gangs?
Hardly. She’s busy boldly celebrating this month’s “Pride” designation, appointing staff liaisons to provide “leadership” on alphabet issues. Gee, if she was really wanting to make Champaign safer, don’t you think she would instead be offering leadership on cracking down on gang violence?
The City of Champaign is celebrating 🏳️🌈Pride Month! We support the rights of our LGBTQ+ communities and have appointed staff liaisons to provide leadership with an informed voice on LGBTQ+ issues in the Champaign community. Learn more on our website – https://t.co/KvIpb7JQt9 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/rqBR4F76wA— City of Champaign (@champaigncity) June 1, 2023
From WCIA. See if you can detect one or two key items missing from the story headlined as this:
8 people in the hospital after two separate Champaign shootings
4 people shot, 2 hurt in car crash
In the second shooting incident, Champaign Police were dispatched at 3:35 a.m. to the 1000 block of N. Sixth Street for a report of a shooting with injuries and multiple traffic collisions.
Police said officers found several victims on the scene with gunshot wounds and began to render medical aid until an ambulance could arrive. At the same time, police said additional victims arrived at an area hospital.
Four people in all were struck by gunfire and two were struck by vehicles related to this incident, police reported. They said the victims are the following:
- Victim #1: A 17-year-old male suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to an area hospital where he remains in critical condition.
- Victim #2: A 29-year-old male suffered a single gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported to an area hospital where he remains in stable condition.
- Victim #3: A 27-year-old male from Urbana suffered a single gunshot wound to the arm. He was transported to an area hospital where he remains in serious condition.
- Victim #4: A 23-year-old male from Urbana suffered a graze wound to the ear. He was transported to an area hospital where he remains in stable condition.
- Victim #5: A 22-year-old female was injured in a motor vehicle collision. She was transported to an area hospital where she remains in serious but stable condition.
- Victim #6: A 23-year-old female was injured in a motor vehicle collision. She was transported to an area hospital where she remains in critical condition.
Police said a large crowd had formed for an impromptu gathering when an unknown subject opened fire. Immediately, police said a chaotic scene erupted when multiple vehicles attempted to quickly leave the area, causing at least three collisions and resulting in two reported injuries.
In response to these incidents, Champaign Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen issued the following statement: “I want to acknowledge the work of our police officers for their tireless efforts to keep us safe and their continuing commitment to investigate these crimes and hold those responsible to account. I ask that our community hold the victims and their families and friends in your thoughts.”
Mayor Feinen added: “Our partners under the Community Gun Violence Reduction Blueprint continue to provide opportunities for healing, and I urge those impacted by these terrible acts to reach out for assistance.
Hey Lil’ Debbie: Until and unless you establish a GANG violence reduction blueprint, you’re just wasting your time and ours. But boy, it surely does impress those who don’t know any better… in other words, the low-information voters who keep re-electing politicians like Lil’ Debbie.
The City of Champaign remains committed to the vital work of keeping our community safe. I want to thank our law enforcement professionals, the community, and the City‘s partners in the Community Gun Violence Reduction Blueprint who work each day to make our City a better and safer place.”
Because this program is working so very well, right?
Police said any resident or business in the areas near these incidents with exterior surveillance camera systems is encouraged to notify the police department. No arrests have been made at this time, and police continue to investigate both situations.
Then again, here’s her telling the world she’s wearing orange to stop “gun violence.”
I #WearOrange to honor the victims and survivors of daily gun violence.— Mayor Deb Feinen (@debfrankfeinen) June 3, 2022
I’m a member of #MayorsAgainstIllegalGuns to fight to end the gun violence crisis. Today I’m saying “Enough is Enough.” The time for the US Senate to take bold action on gun safety is NOW!
Nothing like symbolism over substance! Clearly it’s working so well!