In last week’s podcast I explained how skilled doctors get vicious murderers off with a simple assault plea. Well, three days after that podcast posted last weekend, the Chicago Tribune posted an article explaining how the murder rate was much higher than official figures suggested.
Here are the relevant sentences:
Murders don’t tell the true story of violence. The true number is the shootings. And by shootings, I don’t mean people firing guns into the air.
I mean people pulling triggers to send bullets to penetrate human bodies.
In 2014, there were just shy of 3,000 shootings in Chicago, 2,988 to be precise.
So far this year, there have been more than 4,100 people shot, and we’ve got almost a month of homicides and shootings to go.
Factor in the brilliant advances in emergency medical technology, and dedicated Chicago Fire Department paramedics and the fine work of hospital emergency rooms and trauma centers, and you can make a terrible argument.
It is the argument that Chicago violence now is as bad or worse than it was in the early 1990s, when in each of three years more than 900 people were slain.
Because with more than 4,000 shootings this year, it’s reasonable to assume the 2016 homicide total would be well more than 700 by this point if it weren’t for modern medical techniques and the paramedics.
Just remember that you heard if from your rabbi first!