Democrats are quick to demand stricter gun control laws following mass shooting incidents but are essentially silent when it comes to shootings that occur on a near-daily basis in major U.S. cities, where the combined toll of dead and injured over the course of a weekend often surpasses the more publicized mass shootings.
Take, for example, the city of Chicago, where the casualty count from multiple shootings from Friday evening through Monday morning was well over 50, according to Breitbart.
Yet, despite that horrific toll of dead and wounded from gunfire, which occurs almost every weekend, there has not been an outcry from Democrats and the media, or a willingness to look at the root of the recurring problem.
Children killed in weekend violence
According to local ABC affiliate WLS-TV, as of Monday morning, at least 48 people in Chicago were shot since Friday evening, with at least 10 of those victims dying from the gunshot wounds.
The youngest victim of the weekend’s shootings was a 15-year-old boy named Dajon Gater, who was shot by a pair of gunmen while on he was on the front porch of a house shortly before midnight on Friday.
Sadly, children are all too often caught up in Chicago’s gunfire. Last weekend’s shooting victims included a 2-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy.
Making the weekly gruesome tolls of dead and wounded from shootings all the more infuriating is the fact that police have a good idea of where the majority of those shootings will occur and who will be involved, suggesting certain steps could be taken to address the issue in a targeted manner.
Shootings occur in specific neighborhoods
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the official tally for the weekend’s shootings, as of Monday morning, stood at 54, with 12 dead and 48 others wounded from gunfire.
The outlet noted that nearly all of those shootings occurred in just 15 neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides, locations that had already been labeled as “priority community areas” by the administration of Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) last year.
Those 15 communities reportedly account for more than 50% of the city’s shootings over the past three years, and roughly 50% of the city’s shooting victims over that same span come from just 10 of those communities, comprising only about 15% of the city’s total population.
Supposedly, the mayor’s report on gun violence would result in the prioritization and boosting of police manpower and resources in those particular areas to try and address the problems.
However, given the fact that dozens of Chicagoans are still shot and killed on a weekly basis in those communities, one has to wonder just how effective the mayor’s initiatives to combat gun violence have been. One thing appears increasingly obvious, though — more gun control laws, of which Chicago already has some of the strictest in the nation, are unlikely to prove a viable solution.