I'm still blinking in astonishment at this news report from Chicago. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
Since Friday at 5 p.m., 60 people have been shot, nine fatally, in shootings in Chicago.
34 of the shootings and five deaths occurred between 10 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, according to police. During one two-and-a-half hour-hour period, 25 people were shot in five multi-injury shootings.
"We know that some of these incidents were targeted and are related to gang conflicts in those areas," said Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller at a press conference Sunday afternoon.
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CPD said the majority of the shootings took place in the six, tenth and 11th districts and that gunmen shot into large crowds, not caring if they hit people other than those they were targeting.
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"I think some of our more challenging, communities, it's just imperative that police and the community work together to reduce this gun violence," Superintendent Johnson said. "We just have too many guns on the streets of Chicago."
There's more at the link.
25 people shot in 2½ hours??? How can they speak so casually about mass casualties like that? One might expect those figures from a terrorist attack on a nightclub, or a plane crash - yet the report is quite matter-of-fact about it. Yes, I agree the attacks were probably gang-related, but why are the gangs tolerated when they inflict such carnage on the city? Why aren't they rooted out and destroyed, at no matter what cost? Right now, it looks very much as if the rule of law is dead in at least some parts of Chicago, replaced by the rule of anarchy!
As for "too many guns on the streets of Chicago", that has very little to do with it. In the area of Northern Texas where I live, I guarantee you we have a damn sight more guns on the streets than Chicago would ever dream of! I'm usually carrying one or two of them myself. It's so routine to be armed around here that no-one turns a hair . . . yet our crime rate is negligible, because our criminals know that if they try something stupid, they're very likely to be shot. Here, guns guarantee law and order, rather than the opposite. The fact that guns don't do that in Chicago isn't because firearms are somehow evil up there, while being good down here. It's because those carrying the guns are either good or evil. It's not a gun problem. It's a people problem . . . and Chicago looks to have a bunch of really evil, sick people within its city limits.
Don't send them to us. Yes, we can always use the target practice, but you'll send your damn fool liberal lawyers with them, and we don't have enough tar, feathers and rope for all of them. Yet.