Memorial Day weekend in Chicago signals the beginning of bright, colorful fireworks displays at Navy Pier, the reopening of Lake Michigan’s sandy and cool beaches, and lots of tourism.
It’s also the beginning of heightened violence. Shootings in Chicago are up, murders are up and this past weekend alone, 68 people were shot over a 3-day period. To put it into perspective, more Americans were wounded over a 3-day period in Chicago than over the entire last month in Iraq.
That has been particularly worrying this year to community leaders and city officials, as they grapple with a rise in gun violence that has traumatized some neighborhoods and left city officials searching for new ways to subdue street crime.
“If something doesn’t change, if we don’t get jobs for these kids, if we don’t change the economic situation, I’m worried that we could be looking at a blood bath,” said the Rev. Corey Brooks, a pastor on the city’s South Side, a mostly African-American area where some of the shootings have been concentrated. “If something doesn’t happen, I fear that we’re potentially looking at one of the worst summers we’ve ever had.”
As of Friday morning, homicides in Chicago were up 52 percent in 2016, compared with the same period a year ago, and shootings had increased by 50 percent, though the pace of violence had slowed in recent weeks, the police said. Only five months into the year, at least 233 people had been killed.
Officials are struggling with the problem and are using a range of strategies as the murder rate in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, outpaces that of New York and Los Angeles.
Leave it to the effeminate ballerina Mayor Rahm Emanuel to urge all Chicagoans and specifically gangbangers to put down their guns. Like that’s really going to work, right? That’s like Obama asking ISIS to put down all their weapons…NOT goin’ to happen!
But don’t worry the Chicago Police know who you are. They know where you live. And they know what you’re doing according to Police Superintendent, Eddie Johnson.
The worries about summer come at an extraordinarily complicated time for Chicago, which is facing parallel crises: a drastic spike in violent crime and a Police Department viewed with suspicion, even derision, in some neighborhoods.
Here’s someone who thinks JOBS will solve the problem:
Janaé Bonsu, the national public policy chairwoman for Black Youth Project 100, said she was hopeful that city leaders would address the increase in violence by investing more in community groups focused on better jobs and increased educational opportunities, rather than just bolstering the police.
So isn’t this just wonderful that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel would like all those bad guys to just “Put the guns down”? Mayor Emanuel has tried to reduce gun violence in Chicago since taking office in 2011, but has pushed for tougher rules for gun retailers and stronger federal laws on firearms. A federal judge ruled that an outright ban on gun shops in Chicago was unconstitutional, citing “the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment.”
Mayor Emanuel wants us all to believe all those gangbangers with guns are going to just put their stolen or unmarked guns down, and instantaneously go sign up for jobs.
Guess what? These kids don’t give a dang. If they did there wouldn’t be innocent victims shot in crossfire, like 49-year-old Chicago employee Yvonne Nelson, who was recently shot and killed by gang crossfire walking out of a Starbucks when she was heading home on Friday. Do you really think that those gangbangers are mourning the innocent loss of Ms. Nelson? Get real!
As long as Mayor Emanuel is running Chicago with his strict control on guns. Chicago is going to have high crime and violence. Chicago is one of the toughest places in the country to obtain a serviceable and firing weapon, legally. Strict laws. More crime. Period. You want to help reduce crime in Chicago…get rid of Mayor Emanuel and loosen the gun laws. #BlackJobsDontMatter