Following the recent pair of devastating mass shootings within less than a day of each other in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, there was an outcry among many on the left, and even some on the right, to “do something” in terms of gun control to try and prevent such random acts of mass violence in the future.
However, those same voices routinely ignore the fact that similar tragedies occur almost every weekend in major urban centers such as Chicago, a phenomenon again evidenced this past weekend as four died and at least 43 others were wounded in a rash of new shootings in the Windy City.
Chicago NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV reported on the carnage that erupted within the city between Friday and Sunday and provided specifics of as many of the individual incidents as possible.
Based on the detailed rundown, it appears there were at least six shootings on Friday, upwards of 16 shootings on Saturday, and at least another 16 shootings on Sunday.
Ironically, no fewer than two of those incidents qualified as “mass shootings,” in that four or more individuals were hit with gunfire in a single event.
Fatalities from age 16 to 47
Of the four victims who were pronounced dead at local area hospitals over the weekend, the youngest was a 16-year-old boy who was shot while riding in a vehicle in the early morning hours of Saturday.
The oldest murder victim was a 47-year-old man who was shot multiple times while sitting in his parked car on Saturday evening.
As for the dozens of Chicagoans wounded by gunfire over the weekend, the youngest victim was an 8-year-old girl who was hit by a bullet fired from a passing car while attending a family barbeque on Sunday afternoon.
The oldest of the wounded appears to be a 69-year-old man who was shot in a domestic dispute with a 57-year-old acquaintance in his own yard on Sunday evening.
Left’s willful blindness
Several of the other shootings appear to have been drive-by attacks targeting people walking or riding bikes around the city, though more than a few of the incidents were described as armed robberies that resulted in gunfire.
Sadly, based on the descriptions, it also appears that several of the shooting victims were entirely random, with no known indication as to why they specifically would have been involved in this type of incident. Even more disheartening is the fact that in case after case, there remain no known suspects for the shootings, much less anybody taken into custody for these crimes.
It is largely inexplicable — save for cynical political expediency — why Democrats and the media shower attention upon high-profile mass shooting events while studiously ignoring the same sort of tragic toll taken on a weekly basis in cities such as Chicago. It behooves everyone to note that this dichotomy does nothing but undercut the purported sincerity of the calls to “do something” about gun violence when it is allowed to run rampant in Democrat-run cities that already have in place all of the gun control laws the left wants to impose nationwide.