On the latest edition of “Saturday Night Lives,” a skit brought up the city of Chicago while spoofing President Donald Trump’s concerns over the Windy City’s crime rate. In a scenario in which actor Alec Baldwin played Trump appearing before People's Court, he demands redress from the 9th US Circuit Court for ruling against his executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Baldwin as Trump says, that the "simple” reason for the ban is: “The bad people are pouring in and you see them and it’s ISIS and San Bernardino and Chicago. I mean, look at Chicago, it’s hell."
Then, when Melissa McCarthy played presidential spokesman Sean Spicer at a White House press conference, she was hostile while shouting untruths about terrorist incidents. McCarthy also said that “the murder rate is over 80 percent! Eighty-eight percent of the people in Chicago have been murdered and are dead!"
Echoing concerns in Chicago over criminal violence, President Trump took to Twitter on January 28, commenting on Chicago's gun violence. He tweeted that if "Chicago doesn't fix the horrible 'carnage' going on (then) I will send in the Feds."
Starting on the evening of February 10 until late February 12, five people died violently in Chicago while 16 others have been wounded in shootings across the city. Two of the seriously wounded are girls, ages 11 and 12. Both were shot in the head in separate, unrelated incidents that happened within an hour of each other.
The 11-year-old, Takiya Holmes, is in very critical condition at a local hospital. Takiya was a rear-seat passenger in a car in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood at about 7:40 p.m. on February 10 when an unknown person shot her and struck her in the head. Grandmother Patsy Holmes is asking for prayers while physicians at Comers Children’s Hospital are using aggressive measures to save the little girl’s life.
Twelve-year-old Kanari Bowers was wounded at about 7:15 p.m. on the same night that Takiya Holmes was shot. The incident happened in the West Englewood neighborhood. She was hospitalized and is in critical condition at Stroger Hospital.
There are currently no suspects in either case.
Criminal violence has captured the attention of the nation. The year 2016 was violent and long, ending with a record number of shootings and greatest number of homicides in 20 years. In 2016, there were 3,550 shootings and 762 murders. The means an average of more than two murders and nearly 10 shootings every day.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.