Tuesday, October 20, 2015

When will the killings stop in Chicago?

When will the killings stop in Chicago?  How can communities take back their streets without stricter gun control?  We all know crime happens everywhere, but it has really gotten out of hand.  According to the Chicago Tribune and 2015 Chicago Murder DNA, track the number of deaths from 2012 to 2015 and it's nerve ending.  Look at these number of deaths as results to shootings:
  • In 2012, there was 509 deaths
  • In 2013, there was 422 deaths
  • In 2014, there was 426 deaths
  • In 2015, there have been 387 deaths as of October.
Now, looking at those numbers you might say, ok that's normal.  No, it's not normal to have people killed and some of these numbers are innocent bystanders, passing by, sitting in their homes, or on their porch.  The year to date shootings in Chicago is 2,410 (Jan-Oct) while the total for 2014 was 2,587 for the entire year.  These numbers are mind blowing as of the last data compiled.  It's really sad that so many shootings are taking place.  A baby was shot a few weeks ago along with the mother and grandmother with the baby being the only survivor from that shooting.  Over the summer many shootings happened but one occurred with over the summer that stands out in my mind is two teens fighting over a boy on Facebook  resulted one shooting the other.  Why, the senseless crimes?

So, the question still remains when will the killings stop in Chicago?  The numbers will go down when the access to getting guns is made harder and better laws that punish those who violate those laws.  Having a better presence of police patrol, but I guess one would have to say that folks will have to feel safe and trust police officers. 

I like the fact that Rappers like Common and other local artists have come together with a song to try to stop the influence of gun violence in Chicago with a campaign to Put the Guns down.  There has to be a better way to get control of gun violence ont he streets of Chicago. 

Too many innocent lives are being taken.  What other resolutions do you think can be implemented?

Sources of Data:
The data was gathered from http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chicago/shootings