Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws on the books, but also very high crime.
This is what happens when you elect liberal leaders.
Abe Simmons sat down on a bus bench at the corner of Chicago and Leclaire late Saturday, watching as police worked one of dozens of shooting scenes that played out across the city over the holiday weekend.
Chicago’s ghost shooters—charged in only 26 percent of the city’s homicides last year—wreaked havoc on summer’s unofficial kickoff weekend, a three day period that saw at least 36 shot and four killed by Sunday morning, according to the Chicago Tribune. There have been more than 1,400 shootings and nearly 300 homicides in 2016 so far.
“I’m tired of this shit. I’m tired of this city, man,” Simmons, 36, said. “It’s fucked up, man.”
The country wants to know why. Media descends on holiday weekends to track the violence and attempt to put it in perspective. But for many in Chicago, the mayhem is simply a part of life.
“This is every day in Englewood,” said Terrell, who declined to give his last name, at the scene of a homicide on the city’s southwest side Friday night just down the street from his new home.
The father of two young girls came to West 75th place—a quiet block of stout brick bungalows in a neighborhood where many police officers live—from Englewood, one of the city’s most violent areas. He moved in Friday and was watching a body being pulled from a car Friday night.
“This makes me think twice,” he said.[…]
The causes are many and the answers are few. Older members of the black community—Steve and Gloria in Woodlawn, for instance—blame a lack of jobs and opportunity. They talk about a bygone era when there were steel mill jobs and black-owned stores, pride in the community made stronger by the burgeoning civil rights movement. Then King was killed and parts of Chicago burned. Then the jobs left and with them the promise of upward mobility. Now the neighborhood in which Steve and Gloria live, near a stretch of Cottage Grove that used to be home to black-owned tavern after black-owned tavern, is inundated with empty storefronts and empty homes.
While she insisted that violence in her neighborhood isn’t as bad as it may seem, Gloria knows how to stay out of trouble with Chicago’s shooters.
“The code here is don’t talk,” she said. “Not if you wanna live. Not if you wanna live peacefully.”
Want to stump a liberal?
Ask them how enacting gun control across the nation would reduce gun violence like we see taking place in Chicago.