by Charles Mombo
With so much violence and few questions answeredChicago can only wish for a day without gang-related shooting. Although Chicago is one of the cities with the toughest gun laws in the nation, it appears to clamp down only on responsible law-abiding citizens while illegal gun operation by gangs and felons are thriving on the black market – leaving only the “bad guys” with gun to run amok to aimlessly shooting and killing innocent people while blowing out the brains of toddlers as young as 6-months-old. Last school year alone, 29 current and recent students at Harper High School in Chicago were shot. Eight of them died.
During the earlier part of April, Chicago police called what appeared to be a “celebration style” and “camera flashing red carpet” press announcement to say that crime has decreased in the first three months of 2013. By the way, the total number of homicides in Chicago as of April 18, 2013, according to the crime in Chicago blog is 100.
During the Chicago’s Superintendent Garry McCarthy press announcement, he said the city has seen an 8 percent drop in overall crime between January and March, compared with the first quarter of 2012. He also said that overall crime has dropped 15 percent since the first quarter of 2011. There were 70 homicides in Chicago in the first quarter of this year, down from 120 in the first three months of 2012. On April 11 – 14, four were killed among the 26 that were shot in the city’s weekend gun violence. For some unexplainable reason, there seems to be a correlation between shooting a high temperature in Chicago.
In his recent article, entitled, Treat Chicago gangs as terrorists, LZ Granderson, CNN.com’s senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com is suggesting that Chicago gangs should be treated as terrorists.
“You know things in Chicago are bad when 70 murders in the first quarter can be seen as a good thing. But context is everything: Last year at this time there had been more than 120 murders, so I guess we should thank God for small favors. It seems inconceivable that the city President Barack Obama calls home is also the city where his family may be least safe. Just this Monday a 15-year-old boy was found shot dead in a backyard only four blocks from the president's house.”
Granderson also added,
“What's responsible for the bloodshed? Gang violence, as usual. Police estimate that of the 532 murders in 2012 — nearly 1.5 a day — about 80 percent were gang related. And yet, despite that rather staggering statistic, the national outcry is muted at best — nothing, to say the least, like the kind we saw last week in Boston. What is it about the word "gang" that brings out the apathy in us? Would we view Chicago differently if we called the perpetrators something else?”
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