Between 4 p.m. Thursday, July 3, and 3:30 a.m. Monday, 82 people were shot on the streets of Chicago. Fourteen of them died. McCarthy cited lower numbers- and a shorter time span from 6 p.m. Thursday to midnight Monday - during his news conference.
In eight incidents, Chicago police officers were threatened or shot at and returned fire, McCarthy said. Police wounded five people, killing two of them, in those shootings.
Who are the murderers and their victims? A 2011 Chicago police analysis found 90 percent of murder victims in the city are men, 76 percent of victims have prior arrest records, and the most common ages of killers are 17 and 18 years old.Eighty-two in one weekend! That is more than some nations have in a whole year. The report of course does not tell us the race of the perpetrators or the victims, but I would bet it was mostly Black-on-Black crime. The report does not tell us the familial status of the victims or the perpetrators, but I would bet most are children of single mothers. Chicago has some of the most stringent gun control laws in the nation but has one of the highest murder rates. The real crime problem in America is not guns but the break down of the family and the problem of the Black underclass. As long as there are things that cannot be discussed we will not make a dent in the crime problem. Rod