There’s one more peculiar tidbit in the article cited in my last post:
There was one other development in the flurry of gun debate at the Statehouse: a call from state Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) on Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to open the door for the National Guard to come into the city to help quell gun violence.
“It’s almost as if there’s a war going on,” Davis told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It seems like it’s genocide, and those officials who can do something about it have chosen not to do anything about it. I’m calling for the National Guard to come to Chicago and ride up and down these streets.”
As I’ve documented in previous posts, shooters in instances of gun homicide in Chicago are preponderantly black and the victims of gun homicide by black perpetrators are overwhelmingly black as well. No genocide involved. Unless you think that competing gangs are separate, warring tribes.
What there is is more like internecine warfare. I know that some believe that the underlying problem is the War on Drugs but my own view is that the WoD is actually just a small part of a much larger problem which I would summarize as the rule of law does not extend into the black community here in Chicago at least in part because people have lost confidence in the Chicago Police. The homicides that are occurring on a weekly basis are the result of gang initiations and turf battles between rival gangs. The gangs themselves exist to provide protection, support, and something to do under conditions of social and economic disintegration.
You can end the War on Drugs with the stroke of a pen but providing basic security, changing perverse social structures, and reviving the economy are much, much harder.