How long will Chicago’s Mayor Brandon Johnson stick with his “violence as a symptom of disinvestment” explanation that was widely criticized?
His comments came last weekend after 12 Chicagoans were murdered and 53 shot.
That weekend was bad enough, but now he’s got another weekend of 10 murdered and 52 shot (as of 5pm Sunday).
A shooting in Austin Sunday left one person dead and six others wounded. A 25-year-old woman was killed in the shooting.
Minutes earlier, a 34-year-old man was fatally shot and another was wounded downtown, police said.
Hours later, another 30-year-old man was shot to death and a woman was wounded in Little Italy.
A 40-year-old man was fatally shot Saturday night in front of a home in Chatham.
Over an hour earlier, a 19-year-old man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting in Humboldt Park.
A 70-year-old man was killed and another wounded in a shooting Saturday morning in Englewood on the South Side.
Hours earlier, a 31-year-old man was fatally shot in the city’s South Shore neighborhood.
Just under three hours earlier, a 32-year-old man was shot and killed in North Lawndale.
About two hours before that, a 23-year-old man was fatally shot while sitting in his car in the Austin neighborhood.
[Additionally, as Thomas Lifson reports, in video leaked to CWB Chicago, we see how much worse matters have become, with 2 machine gun-armed men caught on video firing at unseen targets, killing a child, and injuring at least 3 others.
To make matters much worse, when police arrived to investigate, a 16-year-old boy fired shots at the officers, thankfully missing them.]
Mayor-Elect Brandon Johnson’s focus on “root causes,” with little-to-no emphasis on containing today’s out-of-control violence, is a strategy doomed to fail.
Tackling root causes is important, but they take a long time to address – if they can even be agreed to.
We wrote only a month ago that Johnson should count on the following if he won’t tamp down on crime immediately:
Crime will continue to pay.
Large number of Chicagoans will continue to be victimized.
911 responses will continue to be delayed.
Minorities will continue to suffer most.
Cops will continue to leave
More and more dangerous felons will be released.
Chicago will continue to lead the nation in homicides.
For full details, read: “What Chicago requires immediately is deterrence. Stop the bleed. Fast.