Chicago, IL 17 dead, 42 wounded
Halloween Weekend Violence
Year long hunting season in Chicago
Halloween weekend did not start or end well for Chicago. At least 17 people were killed and 42 were wounded as of early Monday morning. While on the rest of Monday (Halloween) another 17 were shot and wounded, while 2 were shot and killed.
So far a total of 3,695 people have been shot in Chicago. This past weekends shootings came after police had shifted resources and scheduled OT for officers. While they had additional officers on schedules in the areas affected by the violence, it seemingly didn’t come close to putting a dent in the weekends shootings.
Clearly, nothing the Chicago Police have implemented this year is curbing the violence and let’s not forget that the relationships between police and citizens is already strained pretty badly in some parts of Chicago.
Many are wondering, what will it take to curb the escalating violence in Chicago?
We are looking at three more major holidays this year, with that, we are looking at more violence ringing out throughout Chicago.
What is driving the crime in Chicago?
One of the biggest reasons for the shootings in Chicago, as reported by shooters who have been jailed, lack of jobs and lack of jobs that pay a wage someone can live on.
Jobs and pay can drive people to the brink believe it or not. Lack of jobs can drive people to commit crime because they have to live, provide for themselves and/or a family.
Jobs that don’t pay enough to cover the bills can also drive people to a life of crime which sometimes provides more than holding down a low paying job would.
It becomes less a matter of choice and more a matter of, crime was the only option available.
We can’t really ignore what is going on in Chicago because those issues will at some point in time happen in other cities throughout the US.
Whether it’s lack of jobs, or jobs that just don’t pay enough, in many cities throughout the US we are already seeing the cost of living outpacing the wages earned. Which makes things like housing, transportation and basic necessities unattainable.
Lack of jobs or jobs that pay enough to support the cost of living for an individual let alone a family can be both demoralizing and dehumanizing and that can drive people to extraordinary extremes, the good and the bad.
It’s not a model that withstands the march of time.
The Chicago Police have done just about everything that they can aside from ask the President to declare martial law in an effort to curb the violence this year.
It would be in our nation’s best interest to sit down as a nation and help find ways to make Chicago a livable, thriving city again, rather than the human hunting ground that it has become.
Cristal M Clark