01-10-2017, 11:53 AM
A few points to make:
1. The bigger issue here is how deficient the CPD are in clearing these cases. 70-75% of all of these homicides/shootings result in no convictions. That means >530 homicides do not result in a conviction - of the 4000+ shootings, I wonder what the clearing rate is for those. Regardless, I call that failure on the part of government. Chicago's prevention strategy (making gun ownership onerous or cost prohibitive for nearly all families - in effect prohibiting practical ownership) is about as effective as its crime solving strategy...
2. You've hit the nail on the head, with regards to identifying the problem. I completely disagree with your solution though. Militarizing the police force, or calling in the military creates more problems than it solves. Arming government to control its population is never a good idea - a government should be able to stand on its own if its truly run/controlled by the governed.
3. The gangs have to be getting their money from somewhere. Guns and ammunition still cost money, and there's often a reason for these slayings (ghetto justice) and collateral damage. There are so called unholy alliances between gangs and police, which enable a lot of this illegal activity. Ron and Rand have advocated the legalization or decriminalization of drugs - more importantly, we must, as Milton Friedman discussed, provide a lawful and economic alternative to these black markets created by prohibition. The morality of drug abuse cannot be address by law - this has been proven and best demonstrated during prohibition and its repeal. The same issues we see today occurred during prohibition, but the difference is that there are some who are capitalizing on the black markets that prohibition creates. Whether its the prisons, the police forces, or the connected/corrupt politicians. The bottom line is that our so called "war on drugs" is an absolute failure, and its to blame for all of the gang related murders.
So create some lawful competition for these drugs, and take away the revenue stream. History tells us that without the incentive, the gangs will subside as will the violence normally associated with them.