Where is the outrage when Chicago kids are the victims of gun violence?

As the father of a first grader and as a human being in general, I was shocked, saddened, angry, disgusted and went through probably every emotion that you also went through after the unthinkable shootings in Newtown.  No matter how you feel about gun control, we can all find common ground that these murders were awful.

None of those feelings have left me.  I think about my six year old angel who loves life and how the 20 children that were murdered must have had similar appreciation for things as small as the first snow, playing with friends, drawing a picture, etc.  I can’t imagine what their parents are feeling.  I read something yesterday that described a child being like having a heart beat outside of your own body.  That’s how I and most parents I know feel.  There can’t be anything worse in the world.

But what made this murderous event the tipping point of our country being outraged?  Not everyone agrees that no lay person should have access to guns that can fire scores of rounds a minute very easily, but if you do feel that way, why didn’t you voice that opinion last week?  Many people think that it’s sensible to require gun owners to have a license just like those that drive a car, but it wasn’t on the national agenda last week.  Just a few days before Newtown there was a gunman in a shopping mall that killed two people.  Earlier this year a lunatic killed people in a movie theater.  And while guns no doubt save lives – and I believe that most people don’t have a problem with someone keeping a hand gun in their home – it’s a fact that 10,000 people die in the U.S. from gun violence.  Just yesterday two cops in Kansas were shot and killed.

And every morning on the chicagotribune.com website you can read about how many people in Chicago were shot overnight.  Often it’s in the 20’s.  Often it’s little kids that are killed.  Innocent bystanders.  But that doesn’t move the needle at all.  Are those lives not as worthy?  Do their deaths not justify our outrage?  Over 500 people in Chicago have been murdered by gun violence this year and over 2,500 people have been shot.

I believe that most people believe that all of these victims are gang bangers or criminals that are not worthy of our sympathy.  Well they have my sympathy, even the worst of them.  And if we don’t do something about it, be that enforcing current laws or making guns harder to access even by criminals then we are just waiting for the day when a Newtown type event happens in Chicago.  Or will it have to happen in Naperville or Highland Park for anyone to notice or care? 

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  • I have been thinking the exact same thing.

  • A half a century of unbridled capitalism and consumerism has destroyed all empathy. People are now far too eager to dismiss everything by saying "It's not my problem" and forbidding any regulation that may affect them.

  • Shared, tweeted, liked. As always, very good work!

  • In reply to Jenna Karvunidis:

    Thanks Jenna. And I encourage every to read Jenna's post, http://www.chicagonow.com/high-gloss-and-sauce/2012/12/i-dont-want-to-have-a-national-conversation-about-mental-health/.

    Great point, when is the last time you heard the mental health argument about kids in the City getting gunned down. That would be never. And beyond that, people with mental health problems are way more likely to be victims than perpetrators.

  • In reply to Michael Helfand:

    High five!

  • The answer to the question to ask sir was utter in the summation scene from "A Time To Kill:"

    [in his summation, talking about Tonya Hailey] "I want to tell you a story. I'm going to ask you all to close your eyes while I tell you the story. I want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to yourselves. Go ahead. Close your eyes, please. This is a story about a little girl walking home from the grocery store one sunny afternoon. I want you to picture this little girl. Suddenly a truck races up. Two men jump out and grab her. They drag her into a nearby field and they tie her up and they rip her clothes from her body. Now they climb on. First one, then the other, raping her, shattering everything innocent and pure with a vicious thrust in a fog of drunken breath and sweat. And when they're done, after they've killed her tiny womb, murdered any chance for her to have children, to have life beyond her own, they decide to use her for target practice. They start throwing full beer cans at her. They throw them so hard that it tears the flesh all the way to her bones. Then they urinate on her. Now comes the hanging. They have a rope. They tie a noose. Imagine the noose going tight around her neck and with a sudden blinding jerk she's pulled into the air and her feet and legs go kicking. They don't find the ground. The hanging branch isn't strong enough. It snaps and she falls back to the earth. So they pick her up, throw her in the back of the truck and drive out to Foggy Creek Bridge. Pitch her over the edge. And she drops some thirty feet down to the creek bottom below. Can you see her? Her raped, beaten, broken body soaked in their urine, soaked in their semen, soaked in her blood, left to die. Can you see her? I want you to picture that little girl. Now imagine she's white."

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  • In reply to Michael Helfand:

    Clearly I can't type but at least I can paste.

    It's tragic that it takes this type of senseless tragedy for both automatic weapon control and mental health issues to move to the forefront of our national discussion.

  • What outrage? when you've been denied the opportunity to raise your child as the angel you feel yours is than could it not be possible that those children grow up with anger and hatred for those who have parents such as yourself and want to make the world stand up on end to notice them no matter how violent their statement? it's a shame but gangster parents make gangster kids pure and simple and as a black person who has seen it first hand the cursing out of a child in public the overall disrespect of a child to a parent and a culture of in your face disrespect for amusement you can't be all but surprised yet if you live in a bubble chances are it will likely burst.

  • Ha, I asked the same question of another blogger who is boycotting Wal-Mart and Dick's Sporting Goods.

    Here is the reason, pure and simple: nobody in the media and that includes some bloggers here, live in areas where you have to deal with gunfire and where you have to be afraid to go out at night. When the horror hits home to their demographic it is a national tragedy.

    How many weekends in Chicago does it take to equal the amount of killings at Sandy Hook?

    I don't care about the ahole, pants draggers, but the fourteen year old girl on the porch or a kid asleep shot through the wall.

    The problem is not the gun and it's not totally mental illness. It is with the degraded treatment of boys and young men, who have been pounded for the last 25 years with society telling them they are worthless, predators, the kind of "dumber sex", a living, breathing Homer Simpson, and will likely not achieve much in life. Those on the margins, believing the rot, act out to ensure they accomplish something in life. They achieve mayhem and destruction and death.

    The pontificators and those who never want to let a crises go to waste and turn it into a political thing, need to give it up. You really don't care beyond proving to each other how politically correct you can be and to try to impress others with your empathy. Ain't fooling nobody nohow.

  • you want to tell me what is gun crime because i have never seen a gun commit a crime.i have how ever seen negroes commit crimes using stolen guns such as they do in chicago and ever other city in which we have a lager population of welfare negroes.in my state negroes are about 7% of our population but commit 62% of the murders so what gives with them that they love to commit violent crimes.why do you blame guns for the murders when i have never seen an inanimate object commit any thing.only a communist traitor would blame fire arms for crimes committed by negroes.

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