posted on Jun, 26 2012 @ 02:19 PM
Just a depressing story that I came across from my neck of the woods... I use to live in Chicago, but recently I moved out to Tinley Park, IL which is
just south of Chicago. Reading some of the local news today I came across some truly sad statistics, and it got me to question "what the hell is
going on around here?"... Sadly, I know that each major city around the nation probably has a problem similiar to the one in this story, but to look
at the statistics that were presented, the only thing you can really do is just be sad.
The Chicago Tribune reported that:
While fatalities from gun violence are down this year among Chicago Public School students, the number of young people shot during the 2011-12
academic year is up nearly 22 percent from last year, the highest number of students wounded by firearms in the last four years.
The Chicago Tribune reports that before the school year ended on June 15, 24 students had been fatally shot and 319 students were wounded by
gunfire. That's four fewer fatalities than the 2010-11 school year, according to police data obtained by the newspaper.
Now think about that, 319 students were wounded in one school year just here in Chicago, with 24 of those students be fatally shot.... That literlly
blows my mind. Why is it that our nation has to be so violent? I would bet you that there isnt another developed country out there that is as violent
as the United States. This is just one city,I bet if you would add up every violent incident (like the one I shared above) in the country the
students wounded by gunfire would be in the thousands and the deaths would likely be in the hundreds...
The violence doesnt end in the school yard, here in Chicago homicides are up nearly 38% this year with 66 more deaths as of June 17. Every day I turn
on the news all I see are stories of murders happening in the city. Its honestly hard to watch the news anymore, because very rarely do you see any
I love my country, I dont always agree with what happens here, and I rarely agree with the actions my Govt. takes, but to see the recent trends here
and the growing violence it just gives me mixed feelings of anger and sadness...
I hope that no one here on ATS ever has to deal with this type of violence...
My question to ATS, is this a solvable issue? What can be done to end the violence?