Enlightening Commentary

January’s 57

Posted on February 1, 2016

Tire fireHooboy… what a shitshow. A 100% increase in successful lead deliveries left 53 dead, plus another four non-lead related makes for 57 homicides – the most since the late 1990’s. Sure, the weather was more hospitable than those Polar Vortex hobbled years of 2014 and 2015, but putting up summer-like numbers in January does not set a positive, let’s-form-a-drum-circle tone for the rest of the year.

“By 8 a.m. Sunday, the final day of the month, about 280 people had been shot in January, according to a Tribune analysis of Police Department data. Shootings nearly doubled from last January and — perhaps more worrisome — jumped nearly 60 percent from the first month of 2012, the last year in which homicides rose above 500.

But what makes January’s numbers so troubling is that the uptick in violence follows two successive years in which shootings rose by double-digits. Homicides also rose by about 12.5 percent last year over 2014.

What is driving the violence is unclear other than Chicago’s unrelenting gang woes in impoverished, segregated pockets of the city’s South and West sides.”

No. It’s pretty clear. Stupid shit has been happening in these pockets for the better part of a half century. However, the current upward trend started around September of 2014. Draw your own conclusions.

January’s 60 year homicide average was 46. February’s is 42. Maybe we’re just reverting to the mean, but with better medical technology and Facebook (but still no flying cars or moon bases).