There is terrorism by gun violence in the big cities and small cities throughout this nation.
It’s not a threat for the future. It’s happening right now. In Chicago, the murder capital of the industrial world, there were over 50 — not 15, 50 — shootings just over the Christmas holiday. Eleven of these resulted in deaths and more may be coming from the ICUs. The number of shootings and deaths in Chicago has risen by very roughly double just since last year.
In dangerous neighborhoods, children hide in their rooms. People in cars ride by quickly with faces down, so as not to provoke anyone in the neighborhood by having the wrong look on their faces — which could easily get them killed.
In my beloved Los Angeles, almost every night’s newscast has stories of gun deaths by shooting in gang-infested areas. Even in beautiful Palm Springs and its suburbs, death by shooting of gang members or innocent bystanders has become commonplace.
The son of our housekeeper at our home near Palm Springs was just murdered by being shot in the back, as he stood in his driveway. He was 23. Our housekeeper, of course, is in shock.
Even in Sandpoint, Idaho, our summer home, we get the newscasts from Spokane, about ninety miles away, and it’s a rare night when someone has not been shot in that city. In Washington, D.C., my home town, gang killings are a cruel fact of daily life.
This is not coming from ISIS or al-Quaida.
This is coming from American young men, so writes Ben Stein in The American Spectator.
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