You know what’s a grand way of celebrating Father’s Day? By shooting and killing a baker’s dozen fathers and potential fathers. As reported by the Chicago Tribune or tronc or whatever they’re calling themselves these days:
The city recorded its 300th homicide this weekend and went on to record six others over a 60-hour period that saw 56 people shot, 13 fatally, from Friday afternoon through early Monday morning.
So far this year, about 1,800 people have been shot across the city and more than 200 of those wounded have died of their wounds, according to records kept by the Chicago Tribune. A total of 306 people have been killed this year by shooting, stabbing or other means, Tribune records show.
The majority of these homicides have taken place in just eight South and West side neighborhoods. Three-quarters of the victims and their killers have been black. Ten men have been killed for each woman. There’s no ambiguity about the intention of the killers—a third of those killed were shot in the head, most of the rest in the chest.
If the present trend continues, we’ll have half again as many homicides in Chicago in 2016 as in 2015 which was half again as many as in 2014.