Nathaniel T. Jackson is a record holder this year in Chicago. Not for selling the most fund raising items for cancer, or for helping the homeless or for overcoming his gang ties while being out on parole for a robbery. He didn’t win any election or race to speak of. It is possible that some of us may have at one time or other other passed by him while we were in Chicago at SBL. No doubt, when we did, we were pretty darn scared.
In 2010, nearly 700 Chicago school children were shot and 66 of them died. Last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended a memorial for 260 school children who had been killed in just the previous three years. On several occasions in the past year, tens of people have been shot in a single weekend on the streets of the city. The worst three-day stretch saw 10 killed and 37 wounded in gun fire. But Google the term “Chicago weekend shootings” and the results are far too many deadly weekends to count.