Friday, September 20, 2013

Even MOAR Gun Control!

From Chicago, yet again...

13 wounded in late-night attack on Chicago park
CHICAGO (AP) — A 3-year-old boy who was among 13 people wounded in a late-night attack on a southwest Chicago park was alert when he arrived at the hospital and was apparently doing well, his family and friends said early Friday.

The attack late Thursday in the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood left three victims, including the boy, in critical condition. The others were reportedly in serious or fair condition.
Thirteen people shot, yet there's nothing on the news, is there? It's partially because no one was killed, but partially because, as the story states:
"They've been coming round here looking for people to shoot every night, just gang-banging stuff. It's what they do."
It's so commonplace that it's "just gang-banging stuff". Think about that. In Chicago, IL, where there is still no legal carriage of loaded arms outside the home, gang bangers routinely go out looking for people to shoot. One more law isn't going to change this. Ten more laws isn't going to change this.

It would be a very interesting exercise indeed to track the number of people arrested for gun crimes in Chicago and compare it to the total time served. It would also be interesting to note how often the charges for carrying firearms in violation of the law are prosecuted as well as felon in possession, etc. I would hazard a guess that these charges are thrown out in the vast majority of cases or plea bargained away.

There's more involved than just ZOMG GUNS R BAD. What does it say about a culture where driveby shootings are commonplace? What does it say that, despite common drive-by shootings, people still bring their toddlers to a park at 10 o'clock at night? Knowing that this is gang turf where shootings are frequent, you still bring a young child there late at night? But yeah, blame the guns. Blame the NRA. Say that the children of NRA members should be shot. Whatever you do, ignore the societal problem that we are facing.

Blaming guns is a lot easier than facing hard truths about the failed "wars" on drugs and poverty...

That is all.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It takes a village to raise a child Jay.

Gerry

Flubnut said...

Chicago ranks dead last for federal gun crime prosecutions, FYI: http://althouse.blogspot.com/2013/03/why-does-chicago-have-least-federal-gun.html

notDilbert said...

Well, obviously what they need is a "Midnite Basket-Ball" program so these poor disadvantaged Youths have something to do in the evening.......


Kim said...

Every time I see headlines like this from Chicago and from DC even I feel more dumbfounded. The gun hate is so ingrained that the common sense just floats away. More law does not equal more safety.

TOTWTYTR said...

Clearly it's because the victims are of color. It's only a big deal if the majority of victims are white, and even better if they are white kids.

Best of all is if the perpetrator is white too.