It dwarfs by comparison many of the mass shootings that ignite calls for greater gun control from President Obama, the Democrats and their media. And yet, it will get hardly a mention in the media — and unlikely so much as a peep from Obama or the woman who hopes to succeed him, Hillary Clinton.
In less than a week, nearly 100 people have been shot, 24 of them fatally, in Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago. Following the deadliest July in 10 years, this past Monday marked the deadliest single day in 13 years, when nine people were killed in one day — including a 10-year-old boy shot in the back as he played on his front porch.
Via Chicago Tribune:Nearly 100 people have been shot in Chicago in less than a week, pushing the number of shooting victims so far this year to more than 2,500 — about 800 more than this time last year, according to data kept by the Tribune.
Between last Friday afternoon and early Thursday, at least 99 people were shot in the city, 24 of them fatally. At least nine people were killed on Monday alone, the deadliest day in Chicago in 13 years, according to Tribune data. Among the wounded that day was a 10-year-old boy shot in the back as he played on his front porch in Lawndale.
The number of shooting victims in Chicago stood at 2,514 Thursday morning. At this time last year, 1,725 people had been shot. The city has not seen this level of gun violence since the 1990s, a trend the Police Department has blamed on lax gun laws and feuding gang factions.Over eight hours from Wednesday evening through early Thursday, three people were killed and at least 10 others were wounded in the city.
With a trend as dramatic as this, one has to ask, what gives? What’s going on to drive the changes? Chicago has some of the strictest gun control in the nation, and yet sees some of the most dramatic gun violence and carnage in the nation.And, tragically, while many of these victims are black, we don’t hear a peep from Black Lives Matter or race opportunists Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson pushing for changes to stem this tide of black lives marred and cut far too short. Not even the first black president, who has such close personal ties to this city.
These black lives apparently don’t matter; they don’t fit the narratives of the police and guns being the problem. Indeed, Chicago busts open the narrative that gun control is the answer to violence — and that it is police officers who are killing blacks at alarmingly high rates.
As a result, the worsening situation is tragically ignored by most — but not us. We will continue pounding the drumbeat, even if others ignore it. We can’t allow this to continue unnoticed.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]