Chicago homicides rise an astonishing 38% in one year

American Thinker

How’s  the strictest gun control laws in America working out for ya there,  Chi-town?

New  York Times:

Mr.  Emanuel listed safer streets among his top three priorities when he  became  mayor a year ago, but Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city,  is now testing  that promise. Homicides are up by 38 percent from a year  ago, and shootings  have increased as well, even as killings have held  steady or dropped in New  York, Los Angeles and some other cities. As of  June 17, 240 people had been  killed here this year, mostly in shootings,  66 more deaths than occurred in the  same period in 2011.

“That’s  somebody’s husband, somebody’s son, and they’re dying right on  our block,” said  Maya Hodari, who lives on a South Side street where two  shootings have already  taken place this year, one of them fatal and  another as a toddler looked on.  “It hurts.”

The  violence has left its largest scars in some of Chicago’s most  impoverished,  struggling neighborhoods on the South and West Sides,  places with views of the  city’s gleaming downtown skyline that feel  worlds apart. Wealthier, whiter  parts of the city have not been entirely  immune – shootings were reported in  the last few days along the city’s  Magnificent Mile shopping district and near the Lincoln Park Zoo – but a  majority of  the killings have been tied to Chicago’s increasingly  complicated gang warfare,  police statistics suggest, and to the gritty  neighborhoods where gangs have  long thrived.

To  make matters worse, there has been an epidemic of “flash mob” violence as groups  of black youths suddenly attack whites in apparent racially motivated incidents.  The media is downplaying the attacks, which are becoming more frequent as kids  are now out of school and roaming the streets at night.

There  are a lot fewer policemen in Chicago – part of a consolidation and budget  cutting plan by Emmanuel. But it is doubtful that police would have made much of  a difference in these homicides or the flash mob violence for that matter. The  city is sick – gangs are out of control, schools are in shambles, and city  government is as corrupt as ever.

It  makes one pine for Daley.

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