2017 is starting out like 2016 in the city of Chicago, regarding violence and bloodshed. For the weekend just ended, 22 people were shot, two of them fatally.
CBS Chicago reports that around 1:40 a.m. Saturday morning, Kentrell Thompson was shot while sitting in a car in the Goose island neighborhood in the Near West Side area of the city. Someone shot several times at the car, and Thompson received a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
The other shooting fatality occurred around 7:45 p.m. Friday evening in the West Pullman neighborhood of the city’s Far South Side. Police responding to reports of gunshots found an unnamed 34-year-old male with bullet wounds to the head and thigh. The man died at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
The 22 shootings are actually far fewer than last weekend, when 53 were reported shot in Chicago, six fatally. With a few days remaining in the month, Chicago has already seen 275 people shot.
President Trump last week tweeted that he was considering sending in “the Feds” if Chicago’s mayor and city government doesn’t get the violence under control. Trump cited statistics showing that, as bad as gun violence was in the city in 2016, 2017 has started off even worse.
The ironies are tremendous: the left constantly slurs Donald Trump as being racist, when he actually wants to do something that will save black people’s lives. Democrats insist that his solutions – stronger law enforcement, possibly even including the National Guard – will not help. Yet what have Democrats, like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, done to keep black residents of Chicago alive?
The solutions those on the left propose – like more after school programs and yet more money being somehow “put back” in the communities most affected by violence, have been tried, without appreciable effect.
It may take someone as determined and no-nonsense as Donald Trump to put in place pragmatic solutions that will actually save lives and communities.
Chicago, and other cities in America, need new responses to gun violence. The methods of the Democrats have been tried and failed. Now is the time to try something else. As Trump famously said during his presidential campaign, “What do you have to lose?”