With some of the tightest gun control laws in the country, Chicago is routinely making headlines for the violence that takes place there, this past weekend is no different.
ABC 7 / Chicago Sun-Times reported 56 people were shot with 11 of those individuals passing away from their injuries. As crime sprees across the nation skyrocket, many of the residents are left wondering what, if anything, can be done.
According to the report, six people were shot in one incident late Saturday “in the 5000-block of West Ohio Street.” The individuals were standing outside a location where a party had been held when someone inside an SUV opened fire on them. One of the wounded was a 12-year-old girl.
The shooting that would normally be described as a “mass shooting” has not gotten much traction among mainstream media outlets who are all too eager to use incidents such as this to push gun control agendas. Since incidents like this are usually the result of illegal firearms sales, it makes it difficult to push this agenda, so these incidents are largely ignored.
Unfortunately, this weekend is no exception to just how bad things have gotten in the city. For example, 29 people were shot Wednesday alone, two of them fatally, and over 40 people were shot, 11 of them fatally, the weekend of July 9-11, 2021. Nearly 100 people were shot over the long Fourth of July weekend, July 2-July 5, 2021, and 17 of those shooting victims died from their wounds.
As critiques mount on Mayor Lightfoot’s response, or lack thereof, to rising crime in the city, the Mayor seems reluctant to take any hard-line approach to crime within her city, an increasingly common tactic in Democrat cities across the country. Such criticism has even been brewing within Lightfoots own Democratic ranks. Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez has been an outspoken voice when it comes to the administration’s inaction as it relates to the gun violence that has plagued the city.
In what seems like finally a step in the right direction, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced Monday that he creating a special team of 50 officers to target gun trafficking and gun crimes. Superintendent Brown said the new team would work with the ATF and the CPD firearms investigations unit on mid-level and upper-level gun trafficking investigations.
Most of the firearms that are used in these crimes are illegally purchased so there is really no gun law that could have prevented a large number of these shootings. Proactive policing of low-level to higher-level crimes has been shown to have some effect on the crime rates in major cities such as New York.
In Chicago and major cities across the country, it seems just the opposite is occurring. Police departments are being hogtied from taking action or being told to stand down on lower levels of crime altogether. Policies that have undoubtedly led to the spike in violent crime in these Democratic-run cities. As the “Defund The Police” movement has gained popularity around the country, crime rates have also begun to gain steam with police officers feeling as though they are hindered in their ability to take the problem of violent crime head-on.
President Biden, who has been a critic of lawful gun owners, made a visit to the Windy City to bolster support for the infrastructure deal but made no mention of the rising death toll in the city. One can only speculate as to why there were no direct remarks made toward the continued violence but the implementation of a new city task force would suggest that more policing is the answer, not less.
Through all the mayhem, certain things begin to become abundantly clear in cities such as Chicago, you cannot build up a movement that actively works against the police and hope to curb violent crime sprees at the same time. Additional policing and police resources are in no way the end all be all but without any attention to the fact that violent crime is growing, no solutions can be reached. Inaction is not action and only emboldens those who commit these crimes and without consequences, these incidents will continue.