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Chicago's Murder Rate Double American Soldiers Killed in Iraq

Chicago's Murder Rate Double American Soldiers Killed in Iraq

Chicago residents have faced an exceptionally deadly Summer this year — 123 people were shot and killed, twice the amount of US soldier casualties in Iraq over the same period.

Throughout 2008, murder rates in Chicago have risen. In July Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich said he was prepared to call in the National Guard to help restore order to the "out of control" city.

Police officials note that the pace still keeps the rate at historical lows; however, there's a real possibility that Chicago could finish the year with more than 500 murders, for the first time since 2003. Most murders are related to gang activity, and a high number of offenders and victims have a criminal history.

While some compare the American soldier casualties in Iraq and Chicago to depict the dire condition of Chicago, ignoring civilian and Iraqi deaths in Iraq could paint an inaccurate picture.


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JeremyGood JeremyGood 8 years
Comparing the murder rate in Chicago to that in Iraq is misleading and does a great disservice to our troops. There are 200,000 U.S. soldiers in Iraq. There are almost 3 million people in Chicago. The fact that the same number of people were killed in Chicago as Iraq over a particular time period means that a U.S. soldier in Iraq is TEN TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED as a citizen of Chicago. I have written about this in depth with cited references at my blog: I welcome your commments.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I must admit that the last night I spent in Chicago, I witnessed a police raid, and a mugging within a block and a half of each other. My wife and I decided that we were going to get to the interstate and get out of "dodge" as quickly as we could. I've friven through Chicago many times since then, but will not go downtown again, unless I have a special invitation or reason.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
The city is making strides towards changing things, like tearing down the "projects" and building new mixed income neighborhoods. It is a lot like the tipping point in that little things can make a big difference, but you don't really know what they are until you try them and study them. What I really want to see changed is the culture that makes gangs seem like the best option to a lot of young people. It's really a complex problem.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it's really scary to hear about how we're having all these issues in our own country when there are soldiers that are fighting for freedom in another country for us. it's hard....especially hearing that there have been more murders and deaths here than in Iraq. i think that it's valid for the mayor to want to call in the national guard...we need to figure out what the baltimore police force did that changed things so drastically - since they had some of the highest crime in the country and it's slowly getting better.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Well, I think the mayor of Chicago deserves a pat on the back for their tough "common sense" gun legislation. And kudos as well to everyone running all the firearms manufacturers out of Illinois. Glad to see it's paying dividends.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Oh, I know! (Well, I didn't know there was an actual Crook County.) I was saying it got the nickname Crook County because of the crooked politicians. Sorry, didn't mean to offend anyone.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Huh. That's an interesting statistic. It all depends what part of Chicago you're in...much like any other big city. If you come do the tourist thing in Chicago chances are you're going to be just fine. lilkimbo it's actually COOK country. CRook county is in Oregon.
organicsugr organicsugr 9 years
Exactly Laine. Finally some common sense from the right. And how about the danger that a citizen would have their handgun forcibly taken away by a criminal during a struggle.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Dave, you just don't get it. If the victims are unarmed and unable to defend themselves, it's *much* less likely that the criminal will have to shoot them during the course of a robbery or mugging. Thus, the murder rate is *bound* to decline. :P
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
oprah did it.
organicsugr organicsugr 9 years
I wonder how so many people are getting murdered when handguns are illegal in Chicago.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Chicago did have a bloody summer, didn't it?
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Maybe the UN should send in some peace keeping troops.
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
I agree UnDave. I can't fathom how Daley thinks a gun ban is keeping guns out of criminals' hands. If they are already breaking other laws, breaking a gun control law is nothing.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
"but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals." Having a total gun ban isn't going to keep the AK47's out of a criminal's hands, if he wants one, and can afford the price on the black market. I agree that we need to do more to control the ability of gangs/thugs/criminal element to get whatever they want, but I don't see how that is accomplished by trampling on the freedoms of the common man.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
My a** hurts.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
And I don't see how anyone is telling anyone else that we can't uphold the second amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. :puzzled:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
It strikes me as odd that people don't examine that statistic a little more closely to see where McCain agreed with Bush.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
Whats strikes me as odd -- is voting a man in office that voted with BUSH 90% of time - that's pretty odd.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
A little something from one of Chicago's long-winded politicians: "The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals."
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
"But who am I kidding, all Chicago politicians are that way. Taking bribes, not caring about their duties as a leader, favors. That man is a scumbag." And we want to elect a politician for president from Chicago?!? Doesn't that strike people as odd?
amybdk amybdk 9 years
I am pretty sure that it was dubbed "the windy city" because of its longwinded politicians? :nerdgirl:
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