Chicago’s outrageous murder rate – 506 murders by gun last year – has made international headlines now, with an appearance on the main page of the BBC News website. The mayor swears they’re doing everything they can, but not a single day goes by when I don’t see a headline about another shooting on the Tribune’s website. Usually it’s something like “Six shootings across the city last night.”
And yet, it’s the mass shootings that get everyone’s attention. Is it because those victims (and perpetrators) are white, while Chicago’s are black and Latino gangs killing each other, with only the occasional innocent bystander death?
I’d really like to see some of these gun advocates spend the night walking through the south and west sides. See how far they get, even with their guns.