The Democrat-run city of Chicago, Illinois, once a crown jewel of the Midwest, is but a shell of its former self that is wracked with high crime and incessant gun violence that is often related to gang activity and perpetrated by career criminals and repeat offenders.
That was reflected over the weekend when, between Friday afternoon and early Monday morning, there were more than 30 Chicagoans wounded by gunfire and six victims who were shot to death, according to Breitbart.
Unfortunately for residents of the once-glorious city, it doesn't appear that Mayor Brandon Johnson (D) or any of the other Democrat leaders are prepared to take action to crack down on the perpetrators of the weekly bloodletting that has stained Chicago's reputation.
According to local ABC affiliate WLS-TV, as of early Monday morning, more than 33 people had been shot and injured and six people had lost their lives to gunfire over the weekend in Chicago.
At least two people were killed in separate incidents Friday evening, including a 16-year-old male who succumbed to "multiple gunshot wounds" and a 40-year-old man who perished from gunshot wounds to the abdomen while on the Loop and died after seeking shelter from his unknown assailant in a hotel lobby.
There were multiple fatal shootings on Saturday, including one incident in the North Lawndale neighborhood in which five people were shot, one of them fatally, while another victim was listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital.
Another fatal shooting occurred in Chicago Lawn when a 49-year-old male was shot in the chest following a fight with another man. Separately, a group of people standing on a street corner were fired upon around 1 am Saturday which resulted in the death of a 40-year-old male and another victim being hospitalized in critical condition.
On Sunday, a 29-year-old male died at a hospital in the early morning hours after he had been shot in the head while driving and ended up wrecking and rolling his vehicle over.
Of the numerous non-fatal shootings that occurred in Chicago over the weekend, one of the most egregious involved a 13-year-old boy who was riding his bike around 5 pm Saturday evening in South Shore when he was grazed by a bullet fired in a drive-by shooting, though it is unclear if the boy was an intended target or not.
There is also a 64-year-old man who is currently listed in critical condition at one of the city's hospitals after he was shot in the chest following an altercation with a suspect known by police in Chicago's Forest Glen neighborhood.
Sadly, in the vast majority of the reported incidents, WLS-TV was compelled to note that while area detectives were investigating the shootings, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.
As for how this particular weekend compares with others, such as last weekend's toll of 40 victims shot and four killed, there were obviously fewer victims overall but more fatalities -- though it is still the same story week-in and week-out of dozens shot and a handful killed.
According to a homicide tracker compiled by the Chicago Sun-Times, there have been at least 331 victims killed in Chicago since January 1 of this year, with at least 313 of those victims falling to gunfire, as of Tuesday, July 25.
Whether Democratic city leaders will ever get around to doing anything to effectively address the rampant gun violence -- which means going after the criminals themselves and not just the preferred tool that innocent people can use to defend themselves and not become victims -- is something that seems disappointingly unlikely at this point in time, meaning the bloodshed will likely continue unabated.