(September 29, 2015)
" .... everybody (who) woke up this morning, or heard it last night, felt a pain of anguish, and it’s time that our criminal justice system and the laws as it relates to access to guns and the penalties for using 'em reflect the values of the people of the city of Chicago."(... and ..)
At least 2,300 people have been shot in Chicago this year alone, according to the Chicago Tribune. According to their analysis, that's roughly 400 more incidents than during the same period in 2014. Homicides are currently up 21 percent in 2015, with the past two weekends pointing to a noticeable increase in gun-related violence.The Mayor of Chicago is saying that ... private ownership of firearms is almost entirely illegal in Chicago, and yet there are too many guns? And the rate of SIC ("Shot In Chicago" rate) is too high?
On the contrary; I would say that this grim statistic EXACTLY "... reflect(s) the values of the people of the City of Chicago..."
I realize this is a tired bromide that I've been touting for YEARS, but I'll say it again:
The SIC in Chicago is irrationally high.
The democratic leadership (pusillanimous mayors) of Chicago have historically held its citizens in an iron fist which denies them the right to defend themselves, by dint of their draconian laws against private ownership of firearms. As a consequence, honest citizens pose no threat to armed gang-bangers who roam the streets at will. The police in Chicago doubtless includes many honest cops who only want to clean up the town ... but they can't do it by themselves.
Generations of Chicago Mayors have ensured the victim-hood of their constituents by denying the right to self-defense. (Last count; there was only ONE gun shop within the city limits, and rumor has it that that business has been closed due to excessive municipal regulations.)
Nobody is working toward making the citizenry of Chicago self-supportive,
At the same time, nobody (read: the office of the mayor and everyone under his control) has recognized that their police force is able to combat the crime-in-the-streets culture which has been promulgated because gang-bangers KNOW that when they fire a shot ... nobody in the streets will be defending themselves, except the other gang-bangers.
The solution is so obvious, the only reason it has not been implemented is that the politicians want a population of dependent serfs to rule, rather than a population of citizens to cherish.
There's a wall of gun-laws between honest citizens and their right to defend themselves. And yet the Mayor continues to whine about 'statistics' (and demand even more restrictive gun-control laws) rather than to allow honest citizens to defend themselves.
As the saying goes:
"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem".
Mister Mayor, you are the problem.
Please either do your job, or do the right thing by exiting your office so an honest officer can lead,