American Elephants

Saturday in the Park—Chicago! by The Elephant's Child

Another disturbing toll in dangerous Chicago. At least 21 people were shot this weekend, Friday through Sunday in Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago. The wounded, it is reported, included an 11 year old girl who was shot while standing outside with a 17-year-old girl on Sunday. Someone drove by and just started shooting. The 11 year old was shot in the chest. Last weekend, 28 were shot. Over the weekend of August 18-21 over 50 were shot and six people were killed. Thirty-three were shot over August 10-13, and over 70 were shot August 3 through the morning of August 6, and 11 died of their wounds.  That’s 169 shot on August weekends,17 dead. And nothing much changes?

ADDENDUM: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has given up hopes of a third term after the numbers of shot, wounded and killed continued to rise over this Labor Day Weekend. At least 25 people were shot and another 6 shot and killed. That carnage is the background for Emmanuel’s decision to pull out of the mayoral race. He was also under pressure over tax hikes and “regular criticisms that he hadn’t done enough to provide more job and economic opportunities on the South and West sides” the areas that have suffered the brunt of the city’s gun crime. There will, of course be cries for banning guns, but long time evidence demonstrates clearly that to fail as a solution. Chicago is often said to have the strictest gun laws in the country, and they have tried to, but the courts keep finding their laws unconstitutional.

City residents can own firearms under special conditions: They must be 21 years old and possess a firearm owner’s identification card and a concealed carry license, issued by the Illinois State Police. Before receiving a concealed carry license, residents must complete a 16 hour training course which includes a gun range test that residents must pass as well as coursework on gun safety. Also a background check and a $150 application fee, and no criminal convictions. Those with concealed carry permits are prohibited from bringing firearms into schools, public parks and playgrounds, government buildings, public transit, and any building with a “no gun” sign or sticker clearly visible at the entrance. They don’t recognize out-of-state-issued concealed-carry permits. As of June, there were 246,769 active concealed-carry permits in Illinois. Those who are just sure that more gun laws will actually prevent much of anything should pay attention.

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