As Chicago residents face a murder rate that, thus far this year, is worse than U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Chicago Police Department has assigned at least 100 officers to secure the wedding of White House advisor Valerie Jarrett’s daughter.
The directive for police to cover the Jarrett wedding arrives at a time where Chicago is facing a surge in its homicide rate. The Daily pointed out in a Friday column that more Chicago residents — 228 — have been killed so far this year in the city than the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan – 144 — over the same period.
Chicago’s murder rate is also currently quadruple that of New York and double Los Angeles’ rate.
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But let’s look further into what Mayor ‘ Don’t Let a Good Opportunity go to waste’ is doing:
Chicago has entered into an agreement with a crime-fighting group that seeks to interrupt violence before it escalates, the city said on Tuesday, as it battles to reduce a soaring murder rate. Chicago, the third largest U.S. city, has agreed to pay $1 million to CeaseFire to focus on “highest risk” individuals, such as recent victims of violence and those with a history of violence, to stop them from committing crimes.
The agreement with the organization is in response to a murder rate 37 percent higher year-to-date from the same time period last year – at 250 murders compared to 182 in 2011. Chicago’s murder rate has outpaced New York City, which has more than double the population.
The police union has also called for more police manpower and more community support to stem the murders.
Camden declined comment on the CeaseFire agreement.
There are 228 dead: That’s the number of murders this year in Chicago. It’s nearly twice as many as the number of Americans lost on the battlefields of Afghanistan over these last six months. And the number of deaths is up 35 percent over the same period last year.
There was a time it was called “gangland” Chicago and maybe that time has returned.
I remember when gangs began killing as opposed to knuckle whooping. I lived it at my high school. It became a parental issue for me in the early 80′s when 99 children were killed in the span of a few short months due to gang violence. I put my daughter in a catholic school hoping she was safe. Not the case. Three kids at her school were killed. And this was a predominately Polish school way before the gangs from Humboldt Park infiltrated Logan Square.
Murders in the city peaked first in 1974, with 970 murders when the city’s population was over three million, resulting in a murder rate of around 29 per 100,000, and again in 1992, with 943 murders when the city had fewer than three million people, resulting in a murder rate of 34 per 100,000.
According to Chicago Tribune:
There is a crisis in Chicago and its suburbs and a crisis nationwide. In 1981, according to FBI statistics, there were 864 homicide victims age 14 and under in the United States. In 1991, the last year available, there were 1,075, an increase of 24 percent.
About half of that increase occurred among 10- to 14-year-olds. That rise is directly attributable to gunplay, a word whose whimsicality is both an affront to decency and a perfect description of how casually some use firearms. In 1981, guns killed 107 of the 214 homicide victims in that age group. Ten years later, they killed 209 out of 290.
PF and I were volunteers for the CPD CB Patrol in the 14th and 25th police districts in the late 80′s. We drove through some dangerous gang infested areas very close to where we lived. The gang bangers would literally run after our vehicles to keep us from reporting/documenting what they were doing. The gang problem/killings has been around way too long and Chicago leadership has been inept in dealing with it.
The citizens of Chicago had tried to do the best as volunteers. Daley objected to the Guardian Angels. “The police have never acknowledged the Guardian Angels in the past,“. So then we lost them too.
Personally, so long as so many children are deprived of a two parent home, IMHO this will never stop. This holds true especially in the worse down trodden gang infested areas in Chicago. The results of the 2010 United States Census showed that 27% of children live with one parent, consistent with the emerging trend noted in 2000. Parenting is critical to the prevention of delinquency and youth violence.
According to The National Observer:
Indeed, the very absence of intact families makes gang membership appealing. As Dan Quayle remarked, gang members view the gang as a kind of surrogate family. Many gang members said specifically, “It was like having a family”. “‘Like family’ — unfortunately, that says it all,” said Quayle.
And of course issues in the forefront on the MSM side like Fast and Furious and Chicago’s gang violence is an excuse to control our second amendment rights, as evidenced from Brady Campaign. In a statement issued yesterday, Brady Campaign President Dan Gross ridiculed the vote to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to provide documents regarding the government’s botched gunrunning operation. Two guns from the operation were at the scene where murdered U.S. border agent Brian Terry was found.
~ And here it is…
Gross calls Republicans’ efforts to obtain documents regarding the gunning operation “ridiculous political theater” and an effort to “do the bidding of the NRA” (emphasis added):
“As House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa and Speaker John Boehner lead the ridiculous political theater of a contempt of Congress vote for the first time against a U.S. attorney general, American and Mexican lives remain at risk because of the out-of-control Mexican gun violence fueled by guns trafficked from American gun shops. As Issa and Boehner do the bidding of the NRA, innocent people are dying, including Americans.”
So don’t for one nano second believe they care about the children dying from gun violence in Obama’s hometown. Children dying from gang violence in Chicago has been going on for decades. Don’t for a minute believe Fast and Furious was not about them using it for gun control. They are stripping us in the ‘Chicago Way’. I lived there for 56 years and I can most certainly guarantee since Jane Byrne was Mayor (CHICAGO, March 19, 1982 The Chicago City Council today approved a ban on the new registration of handguns, with Mayor Jane Byrne calling it the ”first step in a nationwide campaign” for tighter gun controls.) and Al Capone ruled the streets, it is all about your right to own guns! ~ JP