There were throngs out and about in Chicago over independence day, but not all of them were looking to celebrate our nation’s freedom from tryranny. By mid-day Sunday, the Associated Press reported that there were “at least” 13 people killed and nearly 60 more shot around the city. And as it turns out, the AP got it wrong by a few.
All in all, 13 people, including two kids were killed in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, a Chicago PD spokesperson said. At least 59 others were shot and wounded.
In one shooting, just before midnight Saturday, four males opened fire on a large gathering in the street in the Englewood neighborhood. Two males died at the scene and two more, including a 14-year-old boy, died at a hospital.
Four others were injured; one was in critical condition and the other three were in fair condition, Ahern said. The four attackers fled the scene. No one was arrested.
NBC News puts the total at 16 dead and 69 wounded. Just to put this in perspective, the number of casualties among American or pro-government forces in Afghanistan over the same period was four dead and twelve wounded. I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.
It took the death of a seven-year-old girl for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to put finally speak out, except, she did not go after the balck community for killing their own, she blamed the massacres on guns.
“Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Twitter late Saturday.
The mayor added: “As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence.”
While guns are the common denominator in all of the violence, as always, it is the person who holds the gun who is responsible. Chicago is not experiencing a wave of violence committed by law-abiding gun owners – who legally are entitled to own their weapons – so to blame guns and gun-owners for the tragic death of a 7 year old girl is politics at its worst.
None of this has anything to do with the Black Lives Matter movement – Chicago was bloody before George Floyd was killed. It is not a result of Covid19, nor is it a result of the economic disparity between black communities and white ones. It is a result of lack of personal responsibility within their own communities – within their own homes.
It’s worth pointing out that during a recent “private” call between Lightfoot and all of the city’s councilmembers, Alderman Raymond Lopez complained that he has “gang-bangers with AK-47s walking around right now looking for some payback.”
The City Council saw this coming and has largely sat on its hands as the death toll increases week after week.
The fact is that the Chicago PD, while taking the blame for much of the city’s woes from the Mayor, is so busy trying to keep the rioting and looting under control that there are large portions of the city not seeing enough police coverage.
The gangs are taking advantage of this situation and any progress made in tamping down gang violence in the past couple of years is being lost. The least effective thing I could imagine for the municipal government of Chicago to be doing right now would be calling for another round of gun control laws to be passed.
The city already has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country but, mysteriously enough, the gang members don’t appear to be following those laws.
If Mayor Lori Lightfoot can’t find a way to restore order in the streets and protect the lawful residents of her city, the voters there need to replace her and find someone else who will. You are currently less likely to be killed patrolling the streets of Kabul than you are while going out for a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk on Chicago’s south side. That’s unacceptable and the residents of the city deserve better.