Deadly Thanksgiving Weekend: 52 Shot, 6 Dead In Chicago [VIDEO]

Deadly Thanksgiving Weekend: 52 Shot, 6 Dead In Chicago [VIDEO]

It was a bloody Thanksgiving weekend in the Windy City with 52 shootings that resulted in 6 deaths. Chicago’s 2016 murder rate continues to spiral out of control with the total number of shootings currently at 4031, resulting in 650 deaths. 10 of those deaths were by the police. The other 640? They were committed by criminals, thugs and neighborhood gangsters. That’s right, 640 people have been murdered by criminals using guns in Chicago this year alone.

Anyone still think it’s cops doing most of the shooting? If so, a crash course in statistics may help. The cops were responsible for 1.5% of the gun deaths. For those of you counting, that means that 98.5% of the gun deaths were perpetrated by people who are not cops.

In the mean streets of Chicago, the epidemic of violence continues. And the bodies keep piling up, many of them innocent victims. Until the communities being most affected by this violence stand up and take control of their neighborhoods and families, nothing changes. Until most children have stable homes and two parent families with mom and dad married to each other, nothing changes. Until young people are not roaming the streets getting involved with drugs, gangs and crime, nothing changes. Until it becomes more important to do well in school and contribute positively to the community, nothing changes. Until the self-declared war on the inner city family stops, nothing changes.

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What is the answer? Don’t have children until you are married. Don’t get married until you finish school. Give children the best start they can have; two married parents. This is the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. The overwhelming majority of kids from stable two parent homes do not get involved in crime. When the urban family unit is rebuilt, then the city streets will become safer for all. The question is this; do we love ourselves and our children enough to give them the family they deserve? Or will we settle for a poor copy of family with absentee parents, no fathers, no one home with the children? Denying these things happen often does not change the fact that they do; all over urban America. American children deserve to be loved enough to be brought into a married stable home. Too many are not choosing this for their little ones. And so, as unsupervised youngsters hit the streets looking for purpose and belonging, the murder rate continues to climb, the tears of brokenhearted moms continue to flow, and the blood of both the innocent and the guilty continues to stain the streets of Chicago neighborhoods. Who in these crime-ridden communities will have the courage to stand and do things differently? Our children are depending on us. Let’s give them something to truly be thankful for; a stable loving two-parent home.

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Sonja Bochow

I live in Newark, DE, am married, and the mother of four children; Liam, Brenna, Keira and Erin. I am also a full time Bible teacher and have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from West Chester University.

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