It's a hallmark of the lunatic times in which we live that we are almost literally drowning in an ocean of ironies across the issue board, and virtually none of us possess the insight to recognize, much less fully appreciate, them.
Fortunately for all of you, that's why I'm here:
As the first quarter of 2016 nears an end, violence in Chicago has reached levels unseen in years, putting the city on course to top five hundred homicides for only the second time since 2008.
As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, homicides totaled 135, a 71% jump over the seventy-nine killings in the same year-earlier period, official Police Department statistics show. That represented the worst first quarter of a year since 136 homicides in 1999, according to the data.
Shootings have jumped by comparable numbers as well. As of Wednesday, at least 727 people had been shot in Chicago so far this year, a 73% rise from 422 a year earlier, according to a Tribune analysis of department data.
Worse yet, that jump follows two consecutive years in which shootings rose by double digits, the analysis found. Homicides also rose by about 12.5% last year over 2014....
Crime experts caution about making year-to-year comparisons, but Arthur Lurigio, a professor of criminal justice and psychology at Loyola University Chicago, called the escalating violence at the start of the year “alarming.”
“We have to go back decades to find jumps of this magnitude in year-to-year comparisons,” he said. “We’re on our way to five hundred homicides again. We’re going backward.
Yeah, Chicago is going backward, Professor Lurigio. Or, rather, it already WAS backward and it's producing the inevitable and ever-escalating results of that backwardness, manifested in which party has run Chicago practically forever, and the policies - in this instance, suffocating gun control - that have, much less ironically when you fully understand the dynamics at play, flooded the city with guns, all "illegally" obtained, something which only the criminal element is inclined to do, leading to the other thing the criminal element is inclined to do - namely, shooting each other with rabid abandon, much of it the black-on-black gun violence that is so chronically under-reported (because the Left accepts it, Margaret Sanger-esqely) and never more so than when a white cop shoots and kills a black suspect, regardless of the surrounding circumstances.
As Matt Vespa well describes it, Chicago isn't even a bloodbath, it's a war zone.
At this rate, when the last legal gun is confiscated by the city government, the last Chicago resident will be shot and killed.
It's not often that we can be thankful for the public sector's renowned "efficiency," but this is one of those times.
Exit question: Over/under on when Chicagoans will finally get sick of this nightmare and give the GOP the chance to restore their city's "big shoulders"? No, seriously, what are the odds? I'm not sure if even I can count that high.