Chicago’s murder statistics are in the national news again.
Granted, we hardly need to date columns like this anymore, since Chicago’s murder statistics are always in the national news, nowadays. It’s either the most killings in a month, or the most shootings in a weekend, or the most attempted murders in a year. Which statistic may vary, but the general subject doesn’t.
August, 2016 was the most deadly month in a Chicago city in 20 years, with ninety successful murders counted in a single month (how many unsuccessful murders – known as “attempted” murders – is not tracked quite as carefully, because so many go unreported). The city of Chicago logged 2300 shootings in 2016 by the end of August alone, easily on track to top 3000 such attacks by year-end.
The press bemoans it, and the politicians use it as yet another excuse to increase gun control, although how more gun control in a city that already has the most stringent gun control in the country would make any positive difference is beyond explanation.