Sun Time’s Carol Marin suggest the Prez visit Chicago’s killing field. Little that Obama’s done has surprised me and his Presidency much as I expected. I am surprised he hasn’t been home much. It could help Chicago a lot I think just by showing his face in the community a bit.
In the blocks surrounding the president’s exquisite home, a stone’s throw from 51st and Kenwood, bullets fly.
Just three blocks away on June 27, a 21-year-old man was shot in the chest. Just streets away on April 14, there was an aggravated battery with a gun.
Six blocks to the west on May 28 there was a fatal shooting. (Check the Sun-Times’ Chicago Under Fire map at www.suntimes.com/news/violence).
Further south where Michelle Obama grew up, near 75th and Euclid, there was more of the same.
At 78th and Constance on July 15, a 21-year-old was shot in the head and died. Earlier this year there was a shooting homicide at 74th and Merrill, another at 78th and Yates and multiple shootings on East 71st.
This is where the first lady once could play on a summer afternoon. Sasha and Malia could not do so now.
According to the Chicago Police Department, through July 22 of this year there have been 293 homicides in the city, compared with 224 in the same period last year, an increase of 31 percent