So… how’s that whole gun free zone thing in Chicago working out? Even though they came close to setting a new record over the 4th of July, things in the Windy City aren’t slowing down much. The toll just for Friday afternoon through Saturday morning was impressive in a pretty horrid way.
A 10-year-old girl was shot in the head and critically injured by a stray bullet fired into her home in the Garfield Park neighborhood Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The girl, and another 12-year-old shot in the same neighborhood, are among 22 people shot between about 3:30 p.m. and 3 a.m.
The 10-year-old was shot in the head in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue about 9:35 p.m., said Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer. The girl was taken, initially in critical condition, to Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Chicago Fire Department, and later was considered in extremely critical condition, according to police. Police said she was brain dead.
If you have the stomach for it, you have to click through to the complete story to get the full sense of just how bad things are. Various victims, singly or in groups of twos and threes, were intentionally attacked or simply caught in the crossfire as collateral damage. The violence ranged from those who died on the spot to “grazing wounds” which required minor treatment. One woman was described as having a non-life-threatening gunshot wound above her right eye. I’m not entirely sure how a shot above the eye winds up being “non-life-threatening” but I’m glad she’s going to be okay.
I thought Rahm Emanuel was supposed to clean up this town, and his various anti-gun ownership moves were going to be a big part of the solution. Or am I misremembering that? In any event, one has to wonder how firmly his supporters are standing behind him, given the results these policies are producing. According to at least one headline, people may be getting fed up with it.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel could have his hands full in his reelection campaign if a certain challenger decides to run against him, a new poll released Friday shows.
In a poll commissioned by the Illinois Observer and conducted by Strive Strategies, 40 percent of respondents said they would vote for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle over Emanuel if Preckwinkle opted to run in the 2015 election.
Twenty-eight percent of respondents to the poll of 724 likely voters, which was conducted using robocalls and has a margin of error of 3.49 percent, said they were undecided in the hypothetical showdown of the Democratic lawmakers.
The methodology behind that poll is rather sketchy, so I wouldn’t be betting the farm on it at this point, but it could still wind up being an early indicator. Chicago is in a lot of trouble in a number of areas, but violent crime is certainly at the top of the list for most voters these days. And Rahm’s policies are clearly not working. Will this wake people up to the futility of gun free zones when they are in the middle of a street war or will they just elect a new face with the same liberal policies? Time alone will tell.