Understand upfront I agree with Donald Trump about practically nothing. But last year he threatened to send in "the feds" to quell Chicago's violence. And though it pains me to admit it, if Trump's offer/threat still stands, we need to take him up on it.
It's time to bring in federal troops. (Although what exactly Trump meant by the words "the feds" and whether or not it was just his usual ranting is another story.)
After one of the most violent weekends in Chicago history that left 12 people dead and 54 wounded, enough is enough.
The mayor, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and others have provided an array of reasons for the uptick in violence--illegal flow of guns, gang conflicts, drugs, the refusal of people to cooperate, the lack of jobs, the lack of values, poverty, self-hatred.
To be clear: All these things matter and need to be addressed too.
Rahm Emanuel said in a news conference today the violence is "unacceptable to happen in any neighborhood." He's right. And if it was happening on the north side, I am 100% certain something more meaningful to stop the violence would have happened by now.
I'm tired of the politicking and the excuses and the talking and the marching. I'm sick of seeing grieving families. I'm sick of the balloons and stuffed animals placed on the streets and sidewalks where loved ones were killed in cold blood.
I can only imagine the overwhelming frustration, fear and sadness the good people who live in these neighborhoods must feel.
It's time to admit it. We need some help. And the sooner, the better.
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