Posted on | December 31, 2012 | 19 Comments
500 Homicides in Chicago This Year chicagotribune.com/news/local/bre… Because gun control is so awesome!
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 28, 2012
“The city’s latest homicide occurred around 9 p.m. Thursday when Nathaniel T. Jackson, 40, an alleged gang member with a lengthy arrest record, was gunned down . . .
“Jackson was shot in the head outside Noah Foods at Augusta Boulevard and Lavergne Avenue, police said. . . .
“Jackson grew up on the West Side, a few miles from where he was gunned down, and had been released from prison this past summer after serving a sentence for robbery.”
— Chicago Tribune, Dec. 28
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy are shocked — shocked! — to learn drug gangs don’t obey gun-control laws:
The rising homicide toll, 500 as of Friday, a 17 percent increase in slayings over last year — has been a looming shadow over Chicago, plaguing residents and the city’s leadership for much of the year. . . .
Experts warn not to put too fine a point on year-over-year increases in homicides, but Chicago’s tally this year is the highest since 2008. . . .
In McCarthy’s view, the proliferation of guns on Chicago’s streets, which he said is unlike any other city in the country, and the division of gangs into smaller factions are to blame for the homicide surge.
Many of these factions, or “cliques,” run low-level narcotics markets on street corners and flaunt their activities on YouTube and other social media websites, sometimes to taunt other factions or members of rival gangs. That often leads to violent skirmishes on the street, he said. . . .
Police statistics show that roughly 1 in 4 of this year’s homicide victims were affiliated with the Gangster Disciples — Chicago’s largest street gang that has gradually splintered into about 250 factions.
Hmmm. So, if you could subtract the Gangster Disciples from the equation, you would immediately achieve a 25% reduction in homicides. This raises the question of why Chicago police haven’t done a better job of identifying members of the Gangster Disciples before they’re shot dead. Why is it that cops in Chicago can’t figure out that someone is a Gangster Disciple until he’s wearing a toe-tag in the morgue?
The Gangster Disciples aren’t a social club or a political activist organization. Criminality is the entire purpose of the gang, and all of its members are criminals, as the name of the gang rather emphatically implies. So it would therefore seem to be in the interest of Chicago law enforcement to (a) identify members of the Gangster Disciples, (b) subject these gang members to heightened police scrutiny, (c) arrest gang members if they so much as violate a city ordinance against littering or jaywalking, (d) prosecute them to the maximum extent of the law, and thereby (e) steadily reduce the number of Gangster Disciples who are out on the streets and killing people.
Repeat after me: Crime is a people problem.
Chicago’s problem is not guns, it’s hoodlums, and unless and until Chicago decides to get serious about busting hoodlums — a zero-tolerance policy that aims at the absolute eradication of the Gangster Disciples and every other dope gang in the city — all the gun-control laws in the world are nothing but a sick joke on the citizenry.
Convicted felons have no right to have guns, so the first step toward disarming the gangsters is to start targeting them for increased police scrutiny and prosecuting them to the max. Throw the book at every hoodlum you catch with a dime bag in his pocket or a busted turn signal on his car. Bust ’em at every opportunity.
Make the bail bondsmen and the public defender’s office work overtime, and if the ACLU wants to complain about overcrowding at the jail, fight ’em all the way to the Supreme Court. Lock up as many as hoodlums as possible, and make it clear to every mother’s son on the streets that joining the gangs is a one-way ticket to prison or the grave: They can obey the law, or else have the Chicago P.D. as their worst enemy.
Every preacher and teacher in the community ought to be on board for that message. Send your toughest cops into the schools to give presentations — fifth-graders are not too young to understand it — explaining this citywide commitment to maximum enforcement. “You break the law, kids, you’re going to jail, and you’d better tell your brothers and sisters to stay on the strait and narrow way.”
This rant was inspired this morning after I re-Tweeted a blog post by John Hoge, and got some blowback from a Chicago journalist:
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 31, 2012
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 31, 2012
The problem with Dane Tidwell, as with too many journalists nowadays, is that unlike me they didn’t spend their adolescence running around with hoodlums and therefore don’t really understand the hoodlum mentality. The redneck hoodlums of my Georgia youth weren’t really all that different from the hoodlums who are currently terrorizing the citizens of Chicago, the main difference being that, back in the day, Douglas County Sheriff Earl Lee had the overwhelming support of the community in his long campaign to put the fear of God into law-breakers.
You could ask Paul John Knowles about that, except that Knowles ain’t been around to tell his side of the story lately.