500th Chicago homicide, but where are the protests?


In all, according to the Chicago Tribune, 65 people were shot over the long weekend, including a woman who was nine months pregnant. She was standing on a porch with her boyfriend, who was also seriously wounded. Doctors reportedly delivered her nearly full-term baby, but the infant’s condition was not immediately known.

The holiday weekend blood-letting comes after August racked up 90 Windy City homicides. The mayhem prompted Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, to blame city officials and their policies. Here’s his blunt analysis:

“It is time for the good citizens of Chicago to recognize that their city is in chaos, and that those responsible are not just a bunch of thugs on the South and West sides, but the people who are supposed to be in charge at city hall. This is what happens with decades of one party control. Their policies have failed, their strategies have failed and yet they are blind to all of it because they cannot admit those failures.”

Many if not most of the murder victims have been black, and so have their killers. Blogger Devon Foley looked at this grim reality back in July at

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Still, where are the protests? Chicago streets have not been blocked. The City Council has not staged a sit-in. There was a protest back in July, but that was against a proposal to make attacks on first responders (police and firemen) a hate crime.

The city may be looking at a total of 700 slayings this year if the violence continues at its present rate. According to the Chicago Tribune, Police Supt. Eddie Johnson wants to get tougher on criminals who use guns, an idea championed two decades ago by gun rights groups in Washington State. It was called “Hard Time for Armed Crime.”


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