118 Children In Chicago Have Died Because of Guns…Where’s The National Mourning For Them?

As the first of the funerals begin in Connecticut…

That’s right friends, another CHILD has died in Chicago because of a gun. The total now stands at 118. And there are still two weeks of the year to go.

So where is the national mourning for these children? Where’s the rending of clothes and gnashing of teeth for them?

When will 118 children in Chicago matter as much as  20 children in Connecticut?


8 thoughts on “118 Children In Chicago Have Died Because of Guns…Where’s The National Mourning For Them?

  1. Each year the Chicago Tribune list the pictures of kids killed on our Streets. I’ve only see one “political” leader choke up talking about these deaths over the years. That was Arne Duncan, now Sec Ed, but then the Chief of the Chicago Public Schools. Otherwise, this is just accepted by many people in Chicago as our norm. IMO its really an issue of police work and resources. Forget the rethoric on gun laws, or family, or video games, or lack of God in School. It’s really basic police work. Suburban Chicago has the same demographics as the city yet the communities of Maywood Illinois, and Cicero Illinois can go for many months without a single murder. Thanks for noticing our sad affairs here in Chicago. My post on Maywood… http://baarswestside.blogspot.com/2012/12/maywood-illinoiss-year-without-murders.html

    • Hi Bill! I was hoping you would see this post.

      I have family on the Southside (I don’t see them that often), Berkeley (who I see quite often and normally stay with), and some in the way west suburbs (who I see when I can). Plus my best friend is from the Southside, so we talk about things Chicago a lot.

      It’s rather amazing that Maywood hasn’t had any homicides this year. I hope people read your link.

  2. My best friend and his wife live in Berkeley. I work only a few blocks south of it in Westchester.

    The situation in Chicago is awful and especially the South and West sides. Some weekends in the summer we’ll see 20 to 25 people killed and dozens more shot. The suburbs aren’t free from this either. A toddler was shot in Elgin, and town up from mine on the Fox River, by a gangbanger who was a poor shot.

    I’m not a big gun guy, but listening to the Mayor and Chicago Police Chief get all worked up over guns citing all of these mass shootings without a word about the weekend-routine-slaughter here in Chicago was a bit much.

    Note too one of our leading Political Gun Control advocates, State Sen Donne Trotter, was arrested at O’Hare trying to carry a 25 automatic onto an airplane. He said he forgot he had it, and only has it because he moonlights as a security guard.

    Trotter wants to run for Jesse Jackson Jr’s seat in the 2nd CD now that JJJr has resigned (and under federal investigation for corruption). The Regular Democratic Orginzation held hearings to slate a candidate last Sat and Trotter was the favorite, so there wasn’t a single question to any of the many applying for endorsement, about guns.

    IMO most city politicans carry guns (and I think with good reason). Emanual has body guards too of course.

    “Send” me an email next time you come to town. I’ll show you some of the sights if you like.

    I had typed “shoot” but that seemed inappropriate. Thanks for noting our plight here in the city. I blog on it every so often, as do many others, but the City really seems at a loss.

    If you google Chicago Magizne Gangs Politicans you might stumble accross an interesting article there on the many connections between our gangs and our politicians in Chicago. That I suspect explains a whole lot about what goes on in Chicago.

  3. Here in St. Louis a few hours ago there was an interfaith vigil/ anti-gun-violence rally at Christ Church Cathedral. I was sitting in the second row waiting for it to begin when I was paged to return to the hospital for an emergency, so I missed it, but here is what a friend wrote about it:

    “Participated in the anti-gun violence rally at Christ Church Cathedral tonight. We lit our candles and stood on the steps of the Central Library to hear the names of the victims of gun violence in Sandy Hook as well as the 97 victims of gun violence right here in St. Louis this year.”

    It is one event, not a media produced norm. But it is part of the local response to Sandy Hook not to forget local gun victims – even though they didn’t die in mass shootings and even though they didn’t live in affluent white neighborhoods.

    • The killing that got the most news here in St. Louis is the murder of the SLU alum down in the Central West End.

      I’m not talking about gun violence in general (which is bad enough), but gun violence against children because the Newtown shooting is being played as if those children matter more. I’m mad that, other than Melissa Harris-Perry, nobody nationally seems to be mentioning the fact that six times as many children have been killed through gun violence in Chicago this year as died in Newtown. It is as if the children in Chicago don’t matter to anybody besides their relatives.

      • A quote from Gangs and Politicians in Chicago: An Unholy Alliance

        Our findings:

        • While they typically deny it, many public officials—mostly, but not limited to, aldermen, state legislators, and elected judges—routinely seek political support from influential street gangs. Meetings like the ones Baskin organized, for instance, are hardly an anomaly. Gangs can provide a decisive advantage at election time by performing the kinds of chores patronage armies once did.

        • In some cases, the partnerships extend beyond the elections in troubling—and possibly criminal—ways, greased by the steady and largely secret flow of money from gang leaders to certain politicians and vice versa. The gangs funnel their largess through opaque businesses, or front companies, and through under-the-table payments. In turn, grateful politicians use their payrolls or campaign funds to hire gang members, pull strings for them to get jobs or contracts, or offer other favors (see “Gangs and Politicians: Prisoner Shuffle”).

        • Most alarming, both law enforcement and gang sources say, is that some politicians ignore the gangs’ criminal activities. Some go so far as to protect gangs from the police, tipping them off to impending raids or to surveillance activities—in effect, creating safe havens in their political districts. And often they chafe at backing tough measures to stem gang activities, advocating instead for superficial solutions that may garner good press but have little impact.

        The paradox is that Chicago’s struggle to combat street gangs is being undermined by its own elected officials. And the alliances between lawmakers and lawbreakers raise a troubling question: Who actually rules the neighborhoods—our public servants or the gangs?


  4. PS I also suggest reading up on the murder of Koschman case. Mayor Daley’s nephew finally being brought to trial for manslaugher after eight years. There’s an investigation now as to how in the States Attorney’s Office stalled on bringing charges against Daley’s nephew. That investigation may expose the powers running Chicago covering up for the Mayor and Vanecho.

    Also, the “code of silence” on police misconduct found by a jury in the Chicago PD in the Abbate brutality case.

    Get familiar with those stories and you’ll understand how violent this city is, and how deeply embedded the local government is in perpetuating the violence.

    It’s hard to take listening to Mayor Emanuel ramble on about “Chicago Values” with regard to Chick ‘Fila and then the same Mayor requests a judge set aside a jury’s finding of a code of silence on police brutality (in a trial where the city requested a jury because the city refused to settle without trial!) because the Mayor fears such a finding will be used in future police abuse cases. What kind of Chicago Value is that?

    sorry, ’nuff said… I could go on and on

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