Dorothy Brown takes hard stance on crime and violence in the city of Chicago and pushes for systemic changes
Our city has been repeatedly called out as one of the most violent in the nation. Every day the headlines capture some act of violence either random or pre-meditated. This past weekend nine Chicagoans died from gun violence and more than 56 others were injured. Most of the victims were teens and young adults on the south and west sides, but the violence is touching random corners of our city as well. First and foremost I mourn for the families of those lost and injured.
Just over a week ago a 12 year old, visiting our city for a graduation was the unintended target of a shooting. Her bright light was dimmed too soon. News reports are surfacing that since March of this year that four young women on the West side of our city have been reported missing or dead. When asked about these, our current Police Superintendent downplayed the possibility of there being links between these incidents, and that only two of the incidents are linked. Regardless of whether or not these cases are linked, all of these lives matter and the cases must be investigated properly.
All Chicagoans should be disturbed by the violence plaguing our city. It is not up to one precinct or one neighborhood to bear the burden to fix this problem. No Chicagoan should fear for their lives just because the temperatures soar. I know there is no quick fix for this issue but we can start by shutting down the flow of guns into our neighborhoods. Easy access to weapons must stop and that starts with closing loop holes that allow unlicensed sales of guns at gun shows. We must institute violence prevention programs that show people how to mediate problems without violence. We must provide more economic opportunity, create jobs in every community, and fix our education system giving our youth alternatives to committing crimes.
Statement attributable to Dorothy Brown, candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago
June 19, 2018