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Gangs, Not Guns, Cause Death of Chicago Toddler

Chicago, home to the crime legends of Al Capone, Mayor Daley and Barack Obama. The Windy City has a long history of violence and crime and these days, it’s no different.

In November 2015, it was reported:

“‘Well then, let’s take a look at Chicago to see just how wonderfully effective their gun control laws are. According to reports, this past weekend saw 52 people wounded and 4 killed by guns. This marks the second weekend in a row with more than 50 shootings. To date, at least 2,300 people have been shot within the city of Chicago. That’s an increase of around 400 more than during the same period in 2014. The increased shootings have resulted in a 21% increase in the homicide rate over the same period as last year.’”

“A more recent report revealed that to date, there have been 2,703 shootings resulting in 440 deaths in Chicago. That is more deaths by guns than Chicago had for all of 2014 which exceeded the record numbers for 2013. This indicates that even with strict gun laws, shootings and gun related deaths are still increasing.”

A more recent report stated that there were 492 homicides in Chicago for all of 2015. The same report stated that there were 779 homicides in Chicago for all of 2016, an increase of 287 homicides.

The same report also stated that in 2016, Chicago saw 4,385 shootings (fatal and non-fatal). That’s a huge increase over prior years.

In January 2017, it was further reported:

As of early Monday, at least 228 people had been shot in Chicago so far this year, a 5.5 percent increase from the 216 shot in the same period time last year. There have been at least 42 homicides, up 23.5 percent from the 34 homicides from the same period in 2016.

Last January closed with 50 homicides, the most for that month in the city in at least 16 years, according to police statistics. The year ended with 783 homicides, the most since 1996, according to data collected by the Tribune.

This January has seen several violent weekends. Over the New Year’s weekend, 55 people were shot, five of them fatally. The next weekend saw a sharp drop, two killed and seven wounded. Over the following Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, 39 people were shot, 10 of them fatally.

This past weekend 54 people were shot, six of them fatally. There were seven attacks that wounded three or more people, according to police.”

This month, the gun violence continues as it claims more innocent lives. The latest victim was 2-year-old Lavontay White Jr., who was shot in the head and killed as he rode in a car with 20-year-old aunt and her 26-year-old boyfriend. The boyfriend was also shot in the head and the aunt, who was pregnant, was shot in the abdomen. The shooting occurred when someone from another car, got out and opened fire.

The report stated that the boyfriend was a ‘documented gang member’ and is believed to have been the target of the shooter. The wounded aunt was heard to say that she did not want to go the hospital because she could end up going to jail.

Eddie Johnson, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department blamed lawmakers for not taking more action to stop gun violence. He told the media:

“This has got to stop somewhere. Our children should not have to pay the price for our inability to hold repeat gun offenders responsible for their actions.”

The problem isn’t the gun but the gang members. I seriously doubt if very many gang members follow the legal procedure of obtaining an Illinois FOID card which allows them to purchase and own a firearm, and then undergo an FBI background check before legally purchasing a gun in a properly license gun store in Chicago. The gang thugs are going to get guns one way or another and very few of those ways are legal.

It’s the gang attitudes that create the gun violence, not the guns that create the gang attitudes.

Now consider what would have happened if this family had been living a proper and normal life. The boyfriend would not have belonged to a violent gang. The aunt would not be pregnant without first being married and little Lavontay would still be a happy 2-year-old boy with his whole life still in front of him.

Unfortunately, liberals treat the symptoms, guns, instead of the cause, gangs and a godless society, just like so many doctors treat their patients. We’ve all seen or heard of doctors who prescribe treatment for symptoms without taking the time and effort to find out what the real cause of the ailment is, and sometimes the ailment goes on to kill the patient while the doctor continues to just treat the symptoms. This is the same thing that’s happening in the streets of too many American cities today.

We regularly hear about shootings in the Cincinnati area and the vast majority of them are black-on-black shootings that are either gang or drug related. When people have lost hope and security in a future, it’s no wonder they turn to drugs and gangs.

If police and other officials really want to reduce the gun violence in their cities, they need to start with the cause – no God, no Jesus, no hope or promise for eternity. Restore these things have been lost in our society and you will see marked reduction in the amount of gun violence and tragic deaths like that 2-year-old Lavontay White Jr.

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Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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