Guns, Guns, Guns

So, this 4th of July weekend here in Chicago, 82 people were shot. At least 14 of those were fatal. The lion’s share of those shootings were on Sunday, June 6th.

Let that sink in for a minute

82 people shot in 3 days, including minors.

That’s a lot of people.  Even in a city as large as Chicago, that’s a lot of people.

That’s such a significantly large amount of people, that both the mayor and the police superintendent had to address the situation. While I can’t find the police press conference on Youtube, the message was very clear from Supt. McCarthy:

“It all comes down to these guns: there’s too many guns coming in and too little punishment gong out.”

Gun Laws Blamed For Chicago’s Weekend Shooting Surge

It also can’t be lost  that a significant number of these shootings occurred in poor and disadvantaged neighborhoods, and that was actually brought up by a reporter. It was at least pleasant that the Superintendent acknowledged that these neighborhoods don’t have adequate employment, schools, programs, ad nauseum…

…however, this doesn’t change the sad fact that children are running around in the killing fields, killing and being killed.

So, what is the answer? How can this problem be fixed?

Unfortunately, I firmly feel that a lot of people in Chicago don’t care, because it doesn’t affect them. As long as the violence is isolated to the southside, who cares. This problem is a direct by-product of the deep racial and economic fissures in the city. And good sociology teaches us that the violence won’t stay there forever.

So, are stiffer penalties the solution?  I’d love to hear you all’s views on this.

 

 

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One thought on “Guns, Guns, Guns

  1. So, are stiffer penalties the solution?

    Many states have the death penalty and that doesn’t stop murder. Federal law tacks on extra time if the criminal uses a firearm; sure didn’t stop anyone in Chicago, eh.

    Stiffer penalties are not the answer.

    There needs to be two avenues to solving the problem in my opinion.

    First and foremost, we need to let the people truly have the freedom to exercise their rights. This is pointed at the Right to Keep and Bear Arms — few people in Chicago legally exercise that right and that could be a large factor in why firearm related violence is prevalent. Notice that Chicago with its strict firearm related laws has a higher homicide rate than other cities with ‘lax’ laws.

    Let the people defend their lives and their properties. Let the criminals be wary when they prey on others; criminals shouldn’t have a ‘safe working environment.’

    Second, we need to focus on the root causes of violence. Not ‘gun violence’ but violence in general.
    Let’s roll back the governmental burden that keeps business owners in their offices filling out paperwork or paying taxes instead of working and being productive. Let’s make it easier for companies to expand and hire people.

    Let’s improve education; truly improve elementary and secondary education not just teach to a test. Let’s get kids ready to go to college or have the skills to join a technological workforce after high school.

    Let’s strengthen the family but focusing on two parents in the household. Let’s reduce the ease in which people replace a parent with other people’s money. Let’s make it easier for multi-generational families to live and care for each other. Let’s get fathers involved in their kids life and providing a good role model so kids don’t turn to gangs as often.

    Let’s stop the inane War on (Some) Drugs that are filling our prisons with non-violent offenders who come out with less ability to get a job and a better education in how to be a violent offender. Let’s use that space to keep violent repeat offenders in jail. If someone shows they are unwilling to follow the rules of society; then they shouldn’t be allowed in society.

    Let’s roll back the governmental invasion of our privacy, of our liberties. People need to be responsible for their own lives and not dependent on a government that has no legal obligation to protect the individual.

    And we can do all of this without a single “gun control law”.

    Bob S.

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