The nation wracks itself in grief – justifably – over the deaths of 20-odd children in Connecticut. I’d shudder to meet the monsters that don’t recoil in horror and outrage.
I’m struck, though, by the lack of outrage over the carnage in President Obama’s home town, the town run by the machine that put him in office, the city run by his former Chief of Staff.
In Chicago, since 2008, 622 children have been murdered. That’s almost thirty Sandy Hook classrooms full of kids. They didn’t have the “luck” to look, largely, just like the children of our nation’s “elite”, our media, business and wonk classes – white, exurban, upper-middle-class. The died in ones and twos, not in a bloody pile that became a media feeding frenzy. They weren’t killed by children of privilege, shot by weapons that the dominant political class was trying to turn into a boogeyman and political wedge; they were mostly murdered by their neighborhoods’ own criminal underclass, carrying mundane, mostly-stolen pistols and illegally-modified shotguns, almost none of them by any “assault weapon” anyone would recognize.
No – they’re mostly black and latino. They’re mostly from poor families, students at Chicago’s wretched public schools. And they live – lived – in a city that has been the American left’s social laboratory for the better part of a century. And they died in a city that is a fully-owned subsidiary of the American left, and a key part of its national power base, and a place that has made it harder for the law-abiding citizen to buy guns than to buy crack, heroin or a hooker. A city that trumpets the ambitions – and exhibits the failures – of everything American “progressivism” stands for.
They’re minority, they’re poor, they’re rhetorical guinea pigs in America’s biggest leftist lab.
And they’re dying at the rate of seven or eight classrooms-full a year – not on one horrible bloody Friday, but every year, for years past and for years to come.
And outside their communities, their families, their neighborhood’s churches? They die anonymously.
And there is the American left’s concern for “the children”.
So let’s do make sure that’s part of the “Conversation about Guns”, shall we?