Enlightening Commentary

(Mostly Peaceful) Year In Review

Posted on January 5, 2021

Father TimeWell, that was a real shitshow. The year started off roughly inline with past average years and it wasn’t until the last weekend in May when the wheels came off. It took us days to get a final tally for that weekend (29 killed, 65 wounded) and it didn’t stop there. A few weekends later, Father’s Day weekend posted a record tally of 17 killed with 95 wounded. Throw in some additional looting on Michigan Ave and Grant Park rioting and in the end it was a summer for the record books. “Two weeks to flatten the curve” became one weekend to bend the curve, upwards, sharply.

2020: 792 killed, 3,455 wounded
2019: 519 killed, 2,292 wounded
2018: 592 killed, 2,465 wounded
2017: 685 killed, 2,935 wounded
2016: 808 killed, 3,658 wounded
2015: 513 killed, 2,546 wounded
2014: 464 killed, 2,230 wounded
2013: 455 killed, 2,185 wounded

A breakdown of the year’s idiocy shows:

  • 719 shot & killed
  • 37 stabbed
  • 36 killed via other means
  • 20 shot by police, 7 fatal
  • 20 self defense, 11 fatal
  • At least 19 ongoing death investigations
  • 115 homicide-linked arrests
  • Averaged 11 people shot per day
  • Jan 7th only day without a shooting
  • 69 days were homicide-free
  • 691 in serious or critical condition
  • 704 (88.8%) males killed vs 88 females
  • 627 (79.2%) Blacks, 131 Hispanics, 34 White/Other
  • 53 children 12 and younger shot, 6 fatal
  • 697 teenagers shot, 98 fatal
  • Homicide age range: 0-96
  • Team Austin won w/ 375 shot, 78 fatal
  • 223 grazed
  • 40 selfies
  • 221 #ShotInTheAss
  • 1400+ carjackings (+130% YoY)

Our prediction of 525-550 homicides with another 2500 shot and wounded for 2020 fell almost as short as Lori’s city budget and revenue projections. Given our recently reelected, pro-criminal State’s Attorney, the “not horrible” Cook County judiciary, our anti-cop-but-not-technically-defunding-the-police mayor, a scheduled wave of CPD retirements plus the continuing Non-Essentials’ economic destruction plan, we’ll likely see another 700+ homicide year with another 3250 shot and wounded. We also expect all hell to break loose at some point over the summer if for no other reason than it can and why the hell not?

As always, many thanks to everyone who visited, liked, retweeted, emailed, hit the tip jar and/or picked up some merchandise this past year. Have yourself a safe and prosperous new year.