After 14 shot in 15 hours in Chicago, mayor says gun laws must ‘reflect the values of the people’
The mayor then returned to his oft-repeated themes of making all Chicago neighborhoods equally safe and calling for tougher penalties for crimes involving guns.
“You can say this happened in the neighborhood of the Back of the Yards, but everybody (who) woke up this morning, or heard it last night, felt a pain of anguish, and it’s time that our criminal justice system and the laws as it relates to access to guns and the penalties for using ’em reflect the values of the people of the city of Chicago,” Emanuel said.
Usually, they tell us that it’s not our problem and not our concern because it’s just thugs shooting thugs for the most part. But because Rahm and Gerry want something from the political process, all of a sudden, it becomes our problem and a big universal crisis that’s everyone’s concern.
“Reflect the values of the people of the city of Chicago?” As in #BlackLivesMatter? Rahm must not have heard that you’re not supposed to incarcerate black men, because they dindu nuffins, they neverdunuffins.
Speaking at a news conference about the most recent burst of Chicago violence, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he still feels like he enjoys the confidence of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. McCarthy said Emanuel has even expressed that sentiment to him when he’s angry at him.
McCarthy is a loon, but this isn’t his fault. He didn’t go around shooting 14 people in 15 hours, and neither did any of his cops.
McCarthy blamed the criminal justice system in Illinois for not being designed to reduce gun violence in Chicago.
“Our intelligence has it that we’re putting our officers in the right places, at the right times, doing the right things, which is why we’ve got that huge increase in gun arrests,” he said. “That’s what we can do to control our cog in the wheel of this system.”
The broken cog is Illinois’s still way overcrowded state prisons and Cook County’s still way overcrowded county jail. If Illinois gets a New York style man-min for certain gun crimes, who will have to be let out of jail or prison for them to go in? As it is, murder two convicts in Illinois don’t even do ten years.
Back of the Yards, a Chicago neighborhood that was where one of these mass shootings happened yesterday, also had a mass shooting two years ago.