During the month of July, there were 303 shootings in Chicago, causing 33 deaths.  According to the Chicago Tribune, past statistics show the number is typical for July.  33 Deaths, including two uniformed off duty Chicago Police Officers.  Typical?

I guess Superintendent Fancy Pants and Mayor Malaprop are giddy with the typical figures.  They can point to their success at keeping the lid on crime.  303 people shot, 33 people killed is not typical.  It is disgraceful.  This mayor, and his totally unqualified Police Superintendent, have done nothing to end the spate of typical violence in this city.  They just spout numbers.

The gangs and drug dealers are now armies of urban terrorists.  Under this administration, they have been allowed to grow into large deadly forces.  Forces which can no longer be reckoned with.  They have been enabled and molly coddled.

What is typical is the response by the mayor.  Do nothing to upset the gangs or drug dealers.  Don’t make the baby cry.  Well, it is time to not only make the baby cry, but to make the baby scream.  It is time to dismantle the gangs and drug operations from the top down and the bottom up.  It is time to go after the leadership- in and out of prison.  It is time to clamp down.  Hard.  The only shooting victims should be armed criminals.  Shot by the police. 

It is also time for the media to stop assisting and enabling criminals.  It is time to put the leadership on the front pages- just like they did with Capone and the rest of traditional organized crime in the past.  It is time for the media to shed its phony racial or ethnic sensitivity and do what is right.  Show Chicago who the real criminals are.  Who cares what certain groups, activists, preachers, community organizers, social workers, or race and ethnic columnists think? 

The shooting victims don’t.


About Peter V. Bella

Peter V. Bella is a passionate cook and photographer. Mr. Bella started cooking as a child with his parents. He has taken professional courses through the years. Mr. Bella a a freelance photojournalist and writer based in Chicago.
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