The National Guard needs to be sent to Chicago IMMEDIATELY and the Governor, President and Congress need to declare a national State of Emergency.
The ongoing violence in Chicago isn’t only destroying families, but residents of the Chi are dying at an alarming rate as neighborhoods have become war zones.
How can we live in a country that allows this every day? And this isn’t a black, white or race thing, it’s about people and when our own are dying at this rate something needs to be done.
As compared to other American cities Chicago is ranked number one when it comes to their murder rate.
Chicago has a population of 2.7 million people and the murders recorded from January 1 to May 30 came in at 208 as the murder rate revealed that 7.7 per 100,000 people are killed. To date that number has risen to 228.
In New York City with a population of 8.2 million people, the murders recorded from January 1 to May 30 came in at 156 as the murder rates revealed that 1.9 people per 100,000 are killed.
To put this data in perspective, it was revealed that 144 Americans have died in Afghanistan in 2012 thus far while 228 were killed in Chicago - up 35 percent from last year.
In an actual war, less people are dying than on the streets of Chicago. Last weekend, nine people were killed and 53 were shot, two weeks before 10 people died and dozens more were wounded, in one weekend 46 people were hurt and eight were killed across Chicago.
So with all the blood running in the Chicago streets, what’s Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn solution? Last week he signed a law that gives police the power to prosecute street gang leaders for the crimes of their subordinates.
Doesn’t Quinn see that this isn’t a solution but only putting a band-aid on a growing problem?
A bold move is needed in Chicago to bring attention to the bloody violence that has taken over a once peaceful city. Bringing in the National Guard would be such a move.
The National Guard units are usually mobilized during times of war or during a national emergency declared by Congress, the President or the Secretary of Defense. Chicago's state would be defined as such.
Last year when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a state budget plan that stripped state workers of almost all their collective bargaining rights, protesters descended on the state capitol in full force which prompted Walker to alert the National Guard to be ready just in case.
So the Gov. of Wisconsin can alert the National Guard for state workers but Illinois Gov. won’t make a call as residents of his own city are dying in record numbers?
Immediate efforts are needed in Chicago and the time has come to put the needs and safety of the people ahead of any laws as the deadly violence continues to ravage the Chi.
Shaka Griffith is the News/Politics Editor of GlobalGrind.com Follow him on twitter @Darealshaka