Windy City bloodlust has struck once more.
No more than a few days after the Washington Navy Yard massacre, Chicago — never to be outdone where street violence is concerned — experienced a series of shootings Thursday and Friday, including one that injured over a dozen people.
The total count between the events: three dead and 23 wounded, according to USA Today. One victim, thankfully still alive, is just 3 years old.
That brings Chicago’s total death count so far this year to 305, which seems more like a math error than an accurate number in a city with very strict gun laws.
What answers are there for Chicago? Does anyone envision a sudden change in the deeply rooted culture of gang and drug violence or the rampant homicidal deluge? Are there enough storm drains to collect the volume of human blood being hosed into them?
Conservatives continue to watch in disgust as the left pushes gun laws in the aftermath of shootings carried out with largely black-market weapons used illegally to begin with. After all, we all know gun-related deaths are only a symptom of Chicago’s culture and never the fault of an inanimate object like a firearm.
In the wake of a notorious comment by Illinois state Rep. Monique Davis, the intentions of the state’s government is left in serious doubt.
“There’s some suspicion – and I don’t want to spread this, but I’m just going to tell you what I’ve been hearing – they suspect maybe the police are killing some of these kids,” Davis said in an interview with WCHB-AM radio.
Davis did not say she didn’t believe those rumors until later. And whether she back-tracked or not, the statement was her first reaction to the question of accountability.
If this is the collective attitude, then what on Earth will restore safety to Chicago? The National Guard? The Army? Tougher frisking laws? What would you tell those who control the proposed solutions?
One thing is clear. The protocols are going to have to change. And soon.