Just another typical weekend in Chicago, starting out with a bang. As America launched the final long weekend of summer, President Obama’s hometown of gun-controlled Chicago saw at least 10 people shot within just the first seven hours alone.
Yes, it’s a tragedy that has become far too commonplace — and has only worsened, rather than improved, under the first black president — but we will not stop reporting on it as long as it is a problem. While the Democrats who run the city and the Democrats in general who pander to the black community merely for votes — looking at you, Hillary Clinton — hope you won’t notice, we will make sure y’all do.
Via Chicago Sun Times:
At least 10 people were shot on the South and West sides of the city during the first seven hours of the weekend, according to Chicago Police.
The latest attack happened about 4:15 a.m. Saturday in the Austin neighborhood, where a 24-year-old man heard gunfire and realized he’d been hit in the right leg in the 5000 block of West Adams. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.
Forty-five minutes earlier on the Near West Side, four men were wounded in a shooting in the 100 block of North Seeley, though the victims were not cooperative with investigators, police said. They men showed up at Stroger Hospital and were listed in good condition. A 21-year-old was shot in the right ankle and a 34-year-old in both legs. The others, ages 36 and 39, each had wounds to the right leg. A gun was recovered at the crime scene, but police did not have more details.
At 2:20 a.m., someone in a white Pontiac shot a 20-year-old man in the left hand as he stood outside in West Englewood’s 5600 block of South Marshfield, police said. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition.
In the Back of the Yards neighborhood, someone in a gray minivan shot two women about 2 a.m. in the 4700 block of South Laflin. One woman, 26, was shot in the back and taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. The other, 31, declined treatment for a graze wound to the left shoulder.
About 9:20 p.m. Friday, a 29-year-old man was driving in Humboldt Park’s 1000 block of North Monticello when someone in a black Cadillac SUV opened fire, hitting him in the abdomen. The Cadillac kept following as the man drove east in the 3100 block of West Augusta, and it then rammed his car, sending it spinning into two other vehicles in oncoming traffic, police said. The man who was shot was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. Two people in the other vehicles he crashed into were taken to Stroger and Mount Sinai hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
The weekend’s first shooting happened about 9 p.m. in Austin, where a vehicle pulled up to a 17-year-old boy in the 100 block of North Parkside and someone inside shot him in the back and elbow, police said. He took himself to West Suburban Medical Center in good condition.
And, perhaps as one of the most notable signs of just how tragically routine all of this gun violence — striking people going about their daily lives — Chicago has its own “shooting tracker” — so you can following along at home.
Follow weekend gun violence across Chicago with the Sun-Times shooting tracker.
As we’ve been reporting, President Obama’s hometown just closed out its deadliest month in nearly 20 years at 78 homicides, according to the Chicago Tribune. Last weekend alone, 67 people were shot, 11 of them fatally — including Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade.
Earlier this week, the White House was asked about the seeming epidemic of gun violence in Chicago. And the response? In addition to ripping Republicans for blocking gun control proposals, the White House stressed the importance of local police forces gaining the community’s trust. Of course, we all know Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation — so tell us how more gun control would have helped in the above described shootings?
And, tell me, how many of the shootings described above sound like the onus lies with police officers?
No, as Col. West has written about extensively, the root of the problem lies elsewhere:
There is an epidemic in the black community and it has nothing to do with guns. It is about genocidal violence rooted in the fact that there is a dearth of responsible black fathers: men.
One might have thought the first black president would have at least attempted to make some headway on the root of some of the major problems facing the black community. But, no, as spokesperson Josh Earnest told us the other day, he’s not aware of any plans the president has to address the issues in Chicago (which echo in other places like Baltimore and New Orleans). Given that President Obama (thankfully) has less than five months left in office, I (Michelle Jesse) am gonna go out on a limb and say Obama probably ain’t gonna do anything about this before he leaves office.
Meanwhile, his team has made much of Obama’s focus on expanding gun control during his remaining time in office. Because #priorities.
Oh, but the White House did chide the media too over the problems in Chicago.
Earnest chastised the media for focusing on mass shootings rather than the day-to-day deaths in cities like Chicago.
Never mind that it is the White House — Obama himself — who’s the first one to jump to his podium after a mass shooting, but will only respond when pressed to do so about the day-to-day violence in Chicago.
Admittedly, many in the media won’t report on this largely black-on-black violence, as it doesn’t fit the narrative. Democrats, too, have admitted behind closed doors that talking about black-on-black violence will upset some of their key constituents, such as Black Lives Matter.
But here we are. We’ve been reporting regularly on the daily violence in Chicago — and we will not stop drawing attention to this growing tragedy.
But are any of our so-called leaders paying attention?
As GOP presidential nominee says, given how blacks have fared under Democrat leadership, do they really anything to lose by giving a Republican a chance? Maybe it’s time to try something new…
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]