The other day Glenn Reynolds noted this story, and had a good solution to the problem –
WITH VIOLENCE, AND AN IRRETRIEVABLY CORRUPT POLITICAL LEADERSHIP, I think we should just pull out of Chicago.
It seems that Chicago has had a busy summer. So busy that the death toll is higher than it is in Iraq:
Total Is About Double The Death Toll In Iraq
CHICAGO (CBS) – An estimated 123 people were shot and killed over the summer. That’s nearly double the number of soldiers killed in Iraq over the same time period.
In May, cbs2chicago.com began tracking city shootings and posting them on Google maps. Information compiled from our reporters, wire service reports and the Chicago Police Major Incidents log indicated that 123 people were shot and killed throughout the city between the start of Memorial Day weekend on May 26, and the end of Labor Day on Sept. 1.
According to the Defense Department, 65 soldiers were killed in combat in Iraq. About the same number were killed in Afghanistan over that same period.
In the same time period, an estimated 245 people were shot and wounded in the city.
Further down in the story, CBS2 Chicago lists a breakdown by neighborhood of the killings and woundings. Since I am not familiar with Chicago at all, I can only hazard a guess that these murders did not take place in upscale areas. Had that been the case, we would have had major headlines from the MSM. But, hey, it’s just poor people killing each other, so it doesn’t rate national attention.
Two things come to mind here:
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The first is that perhaps these neighborhoods need some community organizers. Maybe Barack Obama left his old job too soon. Perhaps he forgot to tie up a few loose ends before moving on? In this puff piece from a 2007 issue of US News and World Report, they note his hard work:
Far from the centers of power and privilege that have spawned so many commanders in chief, it’s an unlikely place to incubate a future president. But the seemingly endless clumps of drab brick apartment buildings and patchy lawns on Chicago’s South Side are where Sen. Barack Obama learned some of his most enduring lessons about politics, leadership, and the paths to social change. His experiences here, in fact, amount to a Rosetta stone that reveals the essence of the man who has catapulted out of nowhere into contention for the Democratic presidential nomination for 2008.
As a community organizer in the Altgeld Gardens public housing project in the mid-1980s, Obama, then 23, quickly emerged as a tireless and pragmatic advocate for the community-traits that characterize the kind of president he says he wants to be. “His work as a community organizer was really a defining moment in his life, not just his career,” his wife, Michelle, told U.S. News. It helped him decide “how he would impact the world”-assisting people in defining their mutual interests and working together to improve their lives.
In a speech in February announcing his presidential bid, Obama said, “It was in these neighborhoods that I received the best education I ever had.” His work, he added, “taught me a lot about listening to people as opposed to coming in with a predetermined agenda.”
Hmm…let’s not even unpack this particular suitcase. It’s so full of predictable puffery (can you say “far from the centers of power and privilege” with the straight face this writer used?) that even frankly leftist partisans like The Nation wouldn’t be able to keep up with the cloud machines manufactured just for this one article, not to mention the thousands of airy-fairy puff pieces that would follow.
But, hey, you can’t argue with success. This story, plus the thousand others that followed, got the MSM’s chosen candidate to the top of the heap. It’s okay as long as you don’t look too closely.
That’s one aspect of the story. Another is the fact that Chicago has one of the toughest gun control laws in the country. Look at this exchange on a City-Data Forum. Someone considering a move to Chicago is asking for advice on his handgun:
I am very seriously considering a move to your wonderful and exciting city. I am confused by the research on the Web I’ve turned up about gun laws there. I want to be able to keep one in my apartment for protection, but the wording on some sites has me baffled.
“The City of Chicago requires all firearms possessed in the city to be registered. Handguns not previously registered in Chicago cannot be registered.”
Meaning what? You can only own a gun that has been purchased there?
I also found out that concealed carrying is not permitted. Lots of states have this, but it is extremely important to me to be able to have one in my home.
IL[linois] has very strict gun laws. There is no concealed carry in IL. Oak Park and Chicago they are completely illegal to own. Not the place for you to live. Try a suburb.
Math Guy responds:
Wow, what a utopia….surely Chicago must have almost no gun crime.
Thus, Chicago has zero tolerance for handguns, yet it has so many gun killings that it’s more dangerous than Iraq.
I have some questions at this point:
How come the mayor hasn’t asked for the National Guard to assist the police?
How come the MSM is ignoring this story?
How come Chicago isn’t reconsidering its gun laws?
How come the rest of the country, including the State Department and Immigration are not suggesting that the suffering of Chicago be offered asylum in safer places?
How come Michael Moore hasn’t moved in to film the horrific numbers of victims and their families in this lawless mess?
How come George Bush hasn’t been blamed yet?
Hat tip: Instapundit