Isn’t it about time someone actually does something about the murders in Chicago? The statistics prove that the current city administration, police department, and courts are unable to solve this problem. They have failed the residents of the city, which has turned into a veritable shooting gallery.
I think it is high time the Federal Government step in with the National Guard, on a more or less permanent basis, and lock down the most lethal neighborhoods of Chicago. The police departments must keep statistics on which neighborhoods have the most murders and perhaps even down to very precise locations (see the site reference below that identifies the most lethal neighborhoods — it isn’t a secret). The presence of the National Guard in those neighborhoods would have a dramatic and immediate impact on all the violence.
What better use could be made of the National Guard than to protect American citizens from murder? And it is not as if the National Guard is so swamped with their other responsibilities. If the annual murder rate in Chicago were just cut in half, that would mean that 300 citizens would be alive next year who wouldn’t be if we do nothing — yet again.
A couple of other candidate cities for this kind of special treatment include two that, on a per capita basis, are even worse than Chicago — St. Louis and Baltimore. St. Louis has 65.83 murders per 100,000 residents, while Baltimore has 55.48. Lest you think the United States is such a safe and secure place to live, St. Louis is actually ranked number 13th and Baltimore 21st among the most dangerous cities in all the world. Shouldn’t we actually do something about that?
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