The violence has become so horrific that it DEMANDS the President make a speech from the Oval Office during prime time. Our civic leaders need to rise as one and demand the powerful United States take a stand for the sake of humanity. A generation is being murdered. And, worst of all, we're not talking about Darfur or Cambodia or any far off land, we're talking about the President's home town, Chicago.
Chicago is experiencing between 40 and 50 shootings every weekend. About 9 end in fatalities. Almost all the dead are minorities. Almost all the shooters are minorities, too.
This year there have been 228 gun deaths in Chicago, so far. Actually, that number is a week old, so it's higher now. While also a tragedy, there have been 144 American deaths in Afghanistan. Unlike the 228 Chicago number, the Afghanistan number includes deaths for all reasons, accidents, and roadside bombs. The Chicago number is gun murders only.
This isn't a new phenomena. Sine the war in Afghanistan started, all the way back in 2001, we've lost 2,000 troops.
But that number is dwarfed by the gun deaths in Chicago. Since we first invaded Afghanistan, Chicagoans have murdered 5,000 other Chicagoans, nearly two and a half times more than American lives lost in Afghanistan.
Yet we hear about the war in Afghanistan nightly. ABC, CBS and NBC have reporters stationed in Afghanistan. We marvel at their bravery.
Congress has held literally HUNDREDS of hearings on Afghanistan. Presidents Bush and Obama have held numerous press briefings on Afghanistan. There have been dozens of plans, strategies, troop build-ups and plans for victory in Afghanistan.
In waging the war in Afghanistan the United States has spent between $2.3 and $2.7 TRILLION DOLLARS!! In Chicago we've spent virtually nothing. There are no troops. Hell, there are damned few police. And few murders are solved, most are just chalked up to gang violence.
Why do allow this tragedy to continue? Even worse, Chicago is just one city plagued with murders and gun violence. In all of America over 4,000 are murdered yearly.
When will President Obama give the long overdue speech from the oval office?