At risk of being slammed for pure racism, amid a duo of terrible mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we thought it noteworthy that a somewhat "normal" weekend of death and mayhem in Chicago barely even warranted a mention in mainstream media headlines.
As HeyJackass.com reports (the most definitive tracker of Chicago's 'values'), there has been 50 shootings so far in August (yes it's the 4th of the month):
Shot & Killed: 4
Shot & Wounded: 46
This weekend has seen 4 killed and 38 wounded, but as the chart below shows, this is actually 'better' than normal for a Chicago weekend...
As The Epoch Times' Jack Phillips reports, at least seven people were shot and wounded on Aug. 4 as they gathered near a children's playground on Chicago’s West Side. The people gathered at 1:20 a.m. as they stood in the park on the 2900 West Roosevelt Road when a person opened fire from a black Chevy Camaro, said Chicago Police.
According to NBC Chicago, a 21-year-old male was shot in the groin before he was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
A 25-year-old woman was hit in the arm, torso, and leg, and she was taken to Mount Sinai, police told the local station.
A 22-year-old was also shot and was rushed to the hospital, and she is in stable condition, officials said.
Police added that a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were taken to Stroger Hospital.
A 23-year-old and a 21-year-old took themselves to Mount Sinai with gunshot wounds, ABC7 reported.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that no arrests have been made. Detectives are still investigating.
So far, in 2019, more than 1,600 people have been shot in the city (of which 274 have been killed), which is about 129 fewer than in 2018, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“Shooting victims are most concentrated in the South and West sides for shooting victims so far in 2019,” the report noted.
What is odd though is the lack of Democratic Party presidential candidates "praying for Chicago" or unleashing hashtags demanding ever more gun control (oh wait isn't Chicago among the most gun-constrained cities in the country?)
Illinois is one of seven that requires licenses or permits to buy any firearm, and it's one of five that requires waiting periods for buying any firearm. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which tracks gun laws nationwide, has given the state a B+ for its gun laws. Chicago itself has some tough laws - there is an assault-weapons ban in Cook County, for example.