26 April 2010

The Softening-Up

Boy, I sure would feel a lot safer if the military would just patrol the streets of American cities. Wouldn't you? From the full article STLToday:

Lawmakers: Military could quell Chicago violence

By F.N. D'ALESSIO
Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO (AP) -- Two lawmakers who believe violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the Illinois National Guard must be called in to help made a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday to deploy troops.

A recent surge in violent crime, including a night last week that saw seven people killed and 18 wounded - mostly by gunfire - prompted the request from Chicago Democratic Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford. They were joined by Willie Williams, whose son was shot and killed in 2006.

Chicago has had 113 homicide victims so far this year, Fritchey said.

"As we speak, National Guard members are working side-by-side with our troops to fight a war halfway around the world," he said during a news conference in downtown Chicago. "The unfortunate reality is that we have another war that is just as deadly that is taking place right in our backyard."

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