Enlightening Commentary

Tragedy vs Statistics

Posted on December 14, 2013

comedytragedy With the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting upon us, the media, mentally challenged politicians and their associated allies will no doubt be waving the bloody shirt in remembrance and plead that we do something for the children.

While Sandy Hook was no doubt a horrific event and one that should never be repeated, events like those are rare. What is far from rare is that every single day minority, mostly black children and young adults, kill one another with wanton abandon on the south and west sides of Chicago.

In the one year since Sandy Hook, Chicago has seen 441 people murdered (~17 Sandy Hooks) and at least another 1,800 have been shot and wounded. Of the 441, 58 children (17 and under) have been murdered since then. Aside from maybe one or two high profile, politically expedient cases, can anyone name much less recall any of the events of the 2,200+? Nope.

The only difference here is that one is considered a tragedy and the literally thousands of others are statistics.

Keep it short and to the point. Name calling and similar stupidity will be deleted. If you insist on writing several paragraphs, start your own blog.

  1. Parker December 14, 2013 at 8:05 am

    It speaks for itself, even if our political betters don’t care to listen. Well-said, Sir. I shall raise a glass to their memory, and also to the memory of Adam Lanza’s mother, for being so self-absorbed that she gave our betters dead white children to wring their hands over, something newsworthy for the cameras.

    In other news, if you’re gong to be carrying next year, be wary of the men in blue. I just re-read the piece where SuperMac comes right out and states you should expect to be shot first and questioned second by a Chicago police officer.

    Since he’s taking 130 guns “off the streets” every week, I believe he is speaking in hyperbole, since we’re not swimming in 100+ officer-involved shootings weekly, but I find it interesting that supposedly we have 10,000+ armed criminals disarmed annually by CPD and they’re not regularly shot and killed by Chicago’s Finest, but this is what he plans for the Honest Citizen.

    See here for the man saying it himself……http://bearingarms.com/mccarthy-carrying-a-loaded-firearm-is-the-gateway-crime-to-committing-a-murder/

  2. rogertc1 December 15, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Today homicides total are 423. Not much of the year left…
    Looks like the Mayor will take the credit for reducing crime this year.

    • Observer December 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      12/18/13 8PM – as if anyone in this dysfunctional city gives a flying fuck about this appalling statistic, the total is 425.

      • Observer December 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

        12/19/13 9am – now at 430. It just goes on and on and on and on…while the people who could possibly start doing something about the genocide DO NOTHING.

  3. Ira Abrams December 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Can you explain the “shot placement” percentage? I can’t figure out what it refers to exactly. Thanks for all you do.

    • W.H.Thompson December 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Ira – Assuming you’re talking about the neighborhoods underneath the shot placement graphic, those are the % of shooting as related to the whole for that particular neighborhood. Starting in 2014, we’re going to change things up a bit and isolate neighborhood data and shot placement data. Apologies for any confusion. Feel free to email us (icon at top right) with any other questions you may have.

  4. ms. leroy goldberg December 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    What is the kill wounded count for this past weekend?

    • W.H.Thompson December 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Busy considering how crappy the weather was: 4 dead, 17 wounded.

      Consider following us on Twitter where we tweet these types of stats out all the time.

      • ms. leroy goldberg December 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

        Thanks, I don’t have one of those accounts. Will look into it.

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