What’s new in Chi-town?
Well, under the leadership of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the city witnessed a spike in gun-related violence that made 2016 the deadliest year for the Windy City in 19 years.
Last year, there were 762 murders and 3,550 shooting incidents involving 4,331 victims, according to a recent Chicago Police Department report.
By comparison, in 2015, there were 480 murders which had been the most in the city since 1997.
The spike in shootings came despite an increase in policing. In 2016, police made 10 percent more gun arrests and confiscated 20 percent more firearms (a total of 8,300) when compared to 2015.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke about the rising tide of casualties at a news conference last Sunday, suggesting that the laws on the books are not tough enough to deter violent behavior.
“In Chicago, we just don’t have a deterrent to pick up a gun,” he said. “Any time a guy stealing a loaf of bread spends more time pre-trial in jail than a gun offender, something is wrong.”
Certainly, if the perpetrators of these shootings aren’t being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law — state and federal law, that is — then the blame should fall directly on the shoulders of Mayor Emanuel. He should be leading the charge to put offenders and repeat offenders behind bars!
On that note, president-elect Donald Trump indicated that it might be time for the federal government to step in and right the ship.
Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
“Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016,” said Trump on Twitter. “If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!”
Trump’s got a point. If Emanuel can’t handle the violence epidemic in Chicago — which, let’s face it, is chiefly due to a rampant gang population that Emanuel has let fester during his six-year tenure in office —then maybe the federal government should lend a hand.
Trump, after all, made “law and order” a cornerstone of his candidacy for president. It would be interesting to see how Trump’s approach to curb the violence would differ from the failed policies (many of which seek to erode the 2A rights of law-abiding gun owners) of the two-term Democratic mayor.
Whether the Trump administration steps in or not, one thing is for sure, the people of Chicago are desperate for a solution. Enough is enough!