The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting today that there will be no bond for a 33-year-old suspect who allegedly shot and killed a six-month-old toddler in March because of an alleged dispute with the baby’s father over a stolen video game system.
Chicago is once again racking up homicide numbers that will exceed the entire state of Washington by the time the year is out.
This news comes as the Sun-Times added up the Windy City’s Memorial Day weekend body count of six dead and 23 wounded, a record upon which anti-gun Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his former boss, President Barack Obama can hang their laurels as examples of what restrictive gun laws can accomplish. And they want to make the rest of the nation just like their home town.
According to the Daily Mail, murder suspect Koman Willis is “a 33-year-old documented gang member with 38 prior arrests.” How does one rack up more than one arrest for every year of their life and still be walking around as a suspect in a murder over a Play Station console and allegedly stolen drugs? News reports say the baby’s father, identified as Jonathan Watkins, was the target but the gunman evidently couldn’t shoot straight.
Watching Chicago’s body count add up has almost become a spectator sport, with each successive Monday news cycle offering a wrap-up of the weekend carnage. Contrast Chicago with Seattle, a city in the midst of a state with very moderate gun laws; a state where it is legal to carry concealed with a license and openly without so much as personal identification, so long as it is done in a lawful, non-threatening manner. You cannot walk down a street waving a gun around promiscuously but you can stroll along with a holstered pistol on your belt, minding your own business.
In Illinois, at this moment, attempts to pass a concealed carry law are stalled, and people keep dying.
This column checked with Jeff Kappel, Seattle Police Department information officer, who confirmed that there have been ten criminal homicides committed in the city so far this year, plus three homicides involving police who fatally shot suspects. Compare Chicago to Seattle and which city with its relative gun laws looks safer?
The gun used in the killing of baby Jonylah Watkins more than two months ago has not been recovered, the Daily Mail noted. Adding to the tragedy, the newspaper said Judy Watkins, Jonylah’s mother, was shot in the knee last year when she was eight months pregnant with the baby.
In January, the Daily Mail noted, 43 people were killed in Chicago, the highest number in some years. It would take two years for Seattle to log that many slayings.