In case you haven't noticed, Chicago is having a particularly horrific month. It's the murder capitol of the US, with the tally at 78 murdered now for August (and that tally is liable to change before midnight).
Chicago, you might note, has the harshest gun regime in the US. Normal people can't have guns in Chicago. So, what's the problem?
Some call it "gun violence," a definition greatly appreciated by Democratic politicians like those at City Hall. They can point to guns and take that voter anger over homicide numbers and channel it into a safe space.Everything I 'm hearing tells me that morale is low in the police department. As a result, street stops are down and street stops are the best way to control violence. The street gangs have sensed an opening and they are nothing if not opportunistic.
But there are plenty of guns in the suburbs, and suburbanites aren't slaughtering each other.
It's the gang wars.
Yet, we don't hear anyone in the administration talking about the gang problem. It's there, but they don't want to talk about it. All they want to talk about is guns. One thing that the administration has not learned is that we can either support the police, or we can support the street gangs. That's pretty much your choice. If you support the street gangs, be ready to pay the butcher's bill.