Just this holiday weekend, 65 people were shot, 31 of them between 6 a.m. Monday and 3 a.m. Tuesday. The total is now up to 512 where last year's number was 491, and there's four months left in this year.
"It is a complex problem with multidimensional facets to it," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, using big words to make it sound like he knows what he's confused about. "It's not just about more police," he said, "but it will include that. But it's also about more resources for our children, more resources for our neighborhoods and stiffer laws that reflect the values of our city."
Emanuel is confident that if more laws are on the books, gangbangers will respect them and the crime rate will go down, proving again that even a blatant idiot can be a mayor of a major American city if you have the right connections.
Almost 3,000 people have been shot this year in the U.S., according to The Tribune, many during holidays.
Police say the spike in gun crime during the back end of Labor Day weekend had to do with retaliatory gang acts. But Emanuel plans to deal with that problem by making it more difficult for gang members to purchase guns at gun shows.