You know how bad it’s gotten when uber-progressive MSNBC is finally calling attention to the deadly escalation of violence in President Obama’s hometown of Chicago. We’ve reported on that frequently on this website — and the president’s disgraceful silence on this epidemic of largely black-on-black crime in his hometown. Of course, we all know the reason for his silence on what’s happening in Chicago: it doesn’t fit his narrative of white-on-black violence, which he’s so quick to decry, even when it involves police officers defending themselves in the line of duty.
Now, as Chicago just endured its deadliest month in 13 years, even the national lamestream media is starting to take notice. More shockingly, President Obama himself even mentioned Chicago in this video below. Too bad it was only when taking questions after announcing the resignation of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
“Arne’s going back to Chicago… let’s not forget this is happening every single day in forgotten neighborhoods around the country… Kids are just running for their lives trying to get to school.” [Actually, Mr. President, we’d thought YOU’D forgotten about the neighborhoods in your hometown of Chicago.]
So though we might not have known it until now, clearly President Obama is aware of the escalating violence in Chicago. But compare his statement on this to his full-court-press outrage discussing the Oregon shooting that killed nine (plus the shooter), in not just one but two press conferences, plus White House-released photos. Meanwhile, Chicago’s murders, taking place every day at even greater orders of magnitude, garnered only a loose, cursory mention.
It all makes perfect sense, however, when you consider what’s happening in Chicago not only doesn’t fit the president’s narrative of white-on-black crime; even worse, it blatantly contradicts his gun control agenda.Indeed, this horrific violence is escalating despite some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation, as The Free Thought Project explains:
Inside the city limits of Chicago, not a single gun shop can be found — they’ve been outlawed. With is nearly 3 million residents, Chicago has the most stringent gun laws in the nation.Gun laws were so strict, in fact, that in 2010, the US Supreme Court interveined saying the law was going to far. However, city lawmakers were able to “keep the ban” without “legally keeping the ban.”
The ban on assault rifles, a high-capacity magazine ban, and nowhere to purchase ammo makes Chicago one of the toughest places in the country to obtain a serviceable and firing weapon, legally.
Yep, kinda hard to push gun control as the answer when talking about what’s going on in Chicago. Sadly, the answer to what’s happening there is likely a lot more complex than fits into a neat liberal narrative — and, moreover, may require addressing some unflattering truths about liberalism’s role in it.
The progressive counterweight to “never let a good crisis go to waste” is “never let facts get in the way of your agenda” — so I won’t hold my breath waiting to hear more from President Obama on addressing the violence in Chicago.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]