Chicago, the city famous for some of the most strict anti-gun laws in the nation, just reached the grim milestone of 500 murders making 2016 its most bloody year in decades. How are those gun laws working out for you, Chicago?
The Windy City earned this terrible record over the Labor Day weekend when 13 were murdered and over 55 wounded by gang gunfire prompting the city’s new top cop to say, “It’s not a police issue, it’s a society issue,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
But even as Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson correctly noted that the massive violence in Chicago is a societal problem, Chicago’s mayor is still trying to blame the cops. A recent task force convened by Chicago Mayor and former Barack Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel laid the blame for the city’s violence not at the feet of the gangs, but on the heads of the CPD.
“C.P.D.’s own data gives validity to the widely held belief the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color,” Emanuel’s anti-cop report insisted.
Meanwhile the gang violence in Chicago is at levels not seen since the bad old days of the 1990s when crime was rising in every big city in America.
The current level of carnage in Chicago stands at 2,994 shot with 464 shot and killed. By comparison, in all of 2015, there were only about 481 murders. The number of shootings by September 1 marked a 47 percent rise in shootings over the same time last year.
The situation is so bad even the White House recently was unable to excuse it away. But even though he noted that Chicago’s crime rate is out of control, White House spokesman Josh Earnest was pained to admit that Obama has no ideas or policy suggestions on what to do about it all.
“Well, I’m not aware of any specific prescription that the president’s prepared to put forward to address the situation just in Chicago,” Earnest said at a recent press conference. “I know Mayor [Rahm] Emanuel’s quite focused on that, and I certainly would have a lot of confidence in his ability to work through some of these issues and see if there are some specific local solutions that can be implemented.”
Sadly, Emanuel has proven a failure at addressing the situation as it has spun out of control during his tenure at City Hall.
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