Monday, April 1, 2013

Violence in Chicago goes far beyond guns

Many have focused on the rampant gun violence in Chicago.   Those with a Pro-Gun opinion blame the strict gun laws that prevent normal citizens from carrying a firearm to protect themselves.    Those with an Anti-Gun opinion blame the ease of access to firearms in America for the large amounts of gun violence. 

When it comes to Chicago, you don't need to look far to find multiple examples a week of people being beaten, or bludgeoned to death.   This is significant, because it shows that Chicago has a violence problem, not a gun problem.    Actively stigmatizing guns as bad things, and passing laws that keep the citizens disarms are just two tactics Chicago has used to make sure criminals have a never-ending supply of helpless victims.  As you recall, Eric Holder claimed we needed to "brainwash" people into not liking guns.   I still can't help but realize that guns are tools, much like hands, hammers, and bats; In the right hands, they are good, and in the wrong hands, they are bad.   But as long as I keep reading articles like this I will never be convinced that we need to control ANY tools:

A woman was found dead in a West Side park Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Janice Prince, 49, of the 7900 block of South Hermitage Avenue, was found with signs of trauma to the head in Douglas Park

Unarmed citizens robbed by teenage mobs in Chicago

Multiple victims of robbery, assault, and battery were reported in Chicago this weekend.   CBS-2 reports that up to 500 teenagers gathered and committed mob violence against shoppers along Chicago's magnificent mile.   There have been no reports detailing the severity, and scope of the disruptions.  I assume the Mayor, and Chicago Police are attempting to downplay the incidents, but here is a small indication of how severe it was:

Later that night, a man was attacked around 10:45 p.m. while walking near Chicago and Dearborn. Sources said he was jumped and punched in the face by a group of teens. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
There is no additional information about motive, or property loss.   This is another example of how our mainstream media has failed to provide enough information about a significant event.