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Here is Cord Jefferson writing at BET on Chicago’s rampant gun violence:
Exacerbating the fact that Chicago has become a veritable war zone is the fact that much of this violence is the Black-on-Black crime African-Americans have struggled with for decades now. Despite only making up about one-third of the city, Chicago Blacks accounted for nearly 80 percent of all homicide victims. More specifically, in the first six months of 2012, of the 259 people killed in Chicago, 201 were Black.
In the immediate aftermath of the Holmes shooting, there was an outcry from pundits and other citizens who feel that it’s more important than ever to get guns off our streets. I agree with these people, but before Holmes was ever a threat, Chicago was a bloodbath. Why did everyone wait until now to say the guns have gotten out of control?
When gun-control advocates are heard most is always following a major shooting in a suburban town like Aurora or Littleton, Colorado, home of Columbine High School. Those were indeed tragedies that deserve national attention and outrage about how easy it is to arm oneself in America. That said, in urban communities around the United States, the death tolls continue to skyrocket higher and higher every day. Let’s also consider those victims in our debates about gun control. If we don’t, it seems as if we think they’re a lost cause.
I’m not sure if this is supposed to be a joke. Chicago is the only major city besides Washington D.C. to ban gun ownership. They’ve had such policies in place for about 30 years, yet they still have one of the highest murder rates in the nation. By definition the guns that are being used in Chicagoland crime are illegal. What policies can be enacted? The only one that comes to my mind is stop-and-frisk. But we all know that this is racist even though, as Jefferson unwittingly points out in his piece, that most of Chicago’s murderers are black. So outsiders do have a serious answer to Chicago’s problem; it’s just not the one that guys like Jefferson want to hear.
As a side note, I’m interested in doing a piece on a correlation on Chicago’s firearms ban and the on-going problem of youth flash mobbing and the random attacks that have captured the news. Any thoughts on that subject are welcome in the comments.