While former President Barack Obama celebrated the 4th of July weekend by trash-talking nationalism and patriotism during a speech in Indonesia, his brethren in his hometown of Chicago beat the drums of America’s independence by shooting at each other as if they were playing paintball. Except they weren’t.
Over the weekend at least four Chicagoans were killed and another 46 wounded in shootings across the city, according to local station WMAQ.
The victims included a 13-year-old boy who was reportedly shot early Saturday morning while walking down the street. He survived, though it remains unknown why in the world his mother and father (or is he part of a single-parent family?) permitted him to be out so late.
The violence broke out on the same day that President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he intends to send federal help to assist the Chicago Police Department in combating this “epidemic” of violence.
Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
It was also the same day that Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced steps that the Department of Justice plans to take to increase public safety in Chicago.
“The Trump administration will not let the bloodshed go on; we cannot accept these levels of violence,” he said. “That’s why, under President Trump’s strong leadership, we have created the Chicago Gun Strike Force and are sending 20 more permanent ATF agents to Chicago, reallocating federal prosecutors and prioritizing prosecutions to reduce gun violence, and working with our law enforcement partners to stop the lawlessness.”
Meanwhile, as all this occurred, Obama traveled to Indonesia, where he delivered a speech Saturday in which he subtly attacked what The Washington Times described as “Trump-fueled ‘nationalism,’” taking aim especially at the alleged lack of American leadership abroad.
What about the lack of leadership in Chicago, whose epidemic of violence he made nary an effort to calm during his lengthy eight years in office?
“I think Barack Obama has ignored the black community for eight years, and now he’s coming to take a bow in Chicago while our neighborhoods are suffering from disinvestment and soaring unemployment,” remarked Ja’Mal Green earlier this year, referencing the then-president’s farewell speech, as quoted by the Chicago Tribune.
“We are seeing young black men getting gunned down at a horrific rate, and he has shown no willingness to seriously address these issues,” he added.
Thankfully, President Trump is willing to do what former President Obama never did. God bless.
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