Chicago: Shootings not Murders tell the story

Chicago Flag2,949 shootings versus 500 murders. “On average, 12 people are shot in Chicago every day.” Everyone is concentrated on the smaller number, but it doesn’t tell the story that the shootings do. Murder numbers don’t tell the story in Chicago. Shootings do. – Chicago Tribune

One of the reasons that the number of murders are as LOW as they are, relative to the number of shootings, is the quality of trauma care in Chicago.

“A Chicago Fire ambulance is more advanced than emergency rooms of years ago, when there were 900 or so murders in the city.

“And those ambulance techs are communicating with the doctors as they roll, giving precise details, so once they get to the hospital, the physician is ready with the gloves on.

“Without the technology, we’d have many more dead.” [Dr. Arthur Lurigio, a professor of psychology and criminology at Loyola University Chicago]

The article details the shooting of a man watering his lawn by a couple of kids on bikes for his wallet. 10 or 20 bucks, or even 50 bucks. That’s how little they think of your life. (The guy didn’t die.)