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October 1st, 2009
01:46 PM ET

What’s Going on in Chicago?

     This Saturday, 16-year-old Derrion Albert will be laid to rest. The Chicago honor student was beaten to death in an attack captured by cell phone video.

     Now, we’re learning about an attack on a 14-year-old boy in the city’s Edgewater neighborhood. Police say he suffered massive head trauma. At last report, the teenager was listed in critical condition.

     The city is also dealing with its share of gun violence. 37 public school students were killed in Chicago during the last school year. That’s compared with 23 in Los Angeles.

     This Saturday, we’re taking a special look at the violence in Chicago in our 4 p.m. Eastern hour. We’ll also focus on a case out of Chicago that’s going before the Supreme Court on whether state and local governments can limit gun ownership. We would like to hear from you. Please leave us your questions and comments.

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Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
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  1. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Whats going on is the people of Chicago is making themselves a bad example to the rest of the country if they dont get there act together before the olympics.

    October 1, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  2. Josh

    I strongly suggest you investigate the number of police in the city. I mean, really investigate how many officers are on patrol in Chicago. Local media did a story and quoted the department as saying there were approximately 13,000 sworn officers on the force but they didn't seem to know the exact number (huh?). On a local police blog, many officers say the actual numbers are much lower and that they are counting desk workers and people high up in the command structure that are essentially "politicians" not police. All the local news did was talk to the CPD and to the police union, who stated that they believed the number was somewhat lower. Why don't they do some real investigative journalism and get actual numbers? We're talking about government employees so the information should be available.

    October 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  3. Natalie

    they cant even keep their own ppl safe. how do they propose to keep the tourist safe? we're talkin millions of ppl!

    October 1, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  4. alex lyrics

    ITS CALLED

    war

    deadly video game images

    ganster rap

    daddy in jail

    parents on crack and drugs

    poverty

    oppression

    no education

    no way out

    gangs

    no gevernment help

    no real career and jobs for a way out

    no hope

    schools failed these kids

    parents failed these kids

    government failed these kids

    police failed these kids

    society failed these kids

    they have no hope for a future.

    October 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  5. Paco

    I know it isn't likely, but how about you take an honest look at how liberal giveaway programs and excuse-making for the minority communities have removed any semblance of self respect and personal responsibility.

    The liberal agenda has used these people to build a juggernaut. The blood of inner-city youth lies squarely on the hands of the Pelosi-Reed-Obamao style criminal syndicate, all in the names of quid pro quo. Votes for entitlements and weakening law enforcement.

    Its sickening.

    October 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  6. mavismurrow@hotmail.com

    This city can't protect their children and they want the olympics? Doesn't that require ecsessive security. I'll certainly feel safe. Mavis

    October 1, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  7. Brian

    Instead of Fighting the wars across seas, lets send troops into our cities to get rid of all gang activities. Kids are dieing every day on our own soil.
    As far as the Olympics, Chicago had the highest murder rate of any city in the U.S in 2008. I can't imagine many Countries being excited to come to that kind of atmosphere.

    October 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  8. Ted Smith

    Maybe more teachers instead of more police will help the problem, the police arrive after the situation has happened.why not be proactive instead of reactive. Just a thought maybe our young are learning about violence and greed from adults.

    October 1, 2009 at 7:04 pm |
  9. Jan O

    This cruel and violent act is not the fault of the police, the school system or even poverty. As a society it is clear we have lost our moral compass. Additionally, 34 school children were killed in Chicago in 2008. Where do we go from here?

    October 1, 2009 at 7:41 pm |
  10. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Chicago i remember along time ago when Chicago was a wounderful place and people admired this city but it was taken over by gangsters and the mafia with All Capone in control of every ones life as if he were God himself .I know all of this from school from having a goal in life how many of you kids actually want a great life and be able to talk to a cop without going to hell . its your choice live happy or die sad.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:53 am |
  11. norman hart

    chicago is referred to as the windy city; it should be referred to as the corrupt city, this includes obama, obama's "assistant", one of the most corrupt people in chicago, the mayor and not enough space to list all of them. not shooting at the police, but they cant protect the residents and businesses of chicago – a few thousand more police would make a difference. they cannot cover all the criminal activities in chicago..and the schools are not protected as 38 school kids killed in 2008. the best thing that could happen to chicago is replace obama, daly and all the other corrupt people.

    October 2, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  12. dougie fresh

    you have got to be kidding the games in chicago people geting beat to death in streets if you think the schools are dangerous try walking down to the park the police wont even get out of their squad cars more money for daley and is kronies i wish i couls pack and get the hell out of toliet

    October 2, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  13. Cameron

    I do not know why anyone thought that Chicago would get the games. After the great news coverage of the young man who was beaten to death last week, why would anyone vote for Chicago.
    Second, why woud a city in the United States want to spend the type of money it takes to host the Olympics when the economy is down, when every city that hosted it, goes into great debt and there are so many other needs in Chicago. Chicago is a great sports town but over half of the people who live there cannot afford to buy a ticket to a sporting event.
    I attended Salt Lake and the opening sessions ticket was over $800 dollars and no single venue I attended cost my less than $100 per ticket. Five days at the olympics cost me more than $4,000. How many people in Chicago or even in the Us can afford to do that right now. We had planned to attend the winter games in Canada and have backed out because of the cost.
    The president spent millions of dollars flying to Denmark for a vacation. The amount he soent to fly there for a week would pay the insurance for 20 famlies for several years. Whats up with that?
    Hope they go to Rio. If the economy turns around we can all fly down with the Obamas.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  14. Matt

    Tony,
    This really isn't all that surprising. This is a case of perception versus reality... Americans think that we are the cream of the crop; this vote indicates that the rest of the world thinks differently.
    Matt – Annapolis, MD

    October 2, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  15. Jim

    Chicago!! GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON. YOU TO CNN AND ALL THE NEWS MEDIA! Jim, Boise, Idaho

    October 2, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  16. Celia

    You are making tooooooo big a deal out of the Olympics. Get things into perspective! Why aren't you more upset over the fact that the American taxpayers spent all this money sending the President & First Lady to Copenhagen? Since Chicago & Illinois felt they could afford to host the olympics maybe they should reimburse the US Treasury for this cost.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  17. Bryan

    I'm sure the fact that one young black teenager has been publicly bludgeoned to death on tape for us all to see and another beaten within an inch of his life in consecutive days had nothing to do with the IOC's decision... Chicago needs to clean up it's city's problems and focus on why young people are dying on videotape, not worrying about the Olympics. They don't deserve the Olympics right now. They have more pressing problems.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  18. alex lyics

    We need to fix our cities youth, and education.

    Chicago's crime cost us the olympics.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  19. DEBORAH

    DID CHICAGO NOT INCLUDE PROSPECTED VENUES IN IT'S PRESENTATION TO THE OLYMPIC COMMISSION? I SIMPLY CAN;T BELIEVE THAT WE DIDN'T SHOW AS RIO DID.THE PROPOSED TENNIS COURTS,SWIMING POOLS, AS WELL AS THE PLACE FOR THE ATHELETES TO LIVE DURING THE GAMES. IF SO, I MUST HAVE MISSED THAT PORTION OF YOUR BROADCAST, OTHERWISE I ENJOY YOUR TEAM.DP

    October 3, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  20. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Why cant they bring in the national guard and create check points in the bad neighbor hood this would slow drug traffic in a big hurry.

    October 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  21. Alex

    I guarantee that if you offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of these thugs, those people afraid to "snitch" would show up in the blink of an eye to "snitch" them out.

    October 3, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  22. Andrew

    I must say that I grew up during the beginning of the "Stop Snitching" movement in the early 90's. A major part of my culture and child-rearing is that, although the police are supposed to protect and serve, they spend the majority of their time harassing, profiteering from the public and victimizing honest people.

    This has spawned a vast movement of todays' parents who DO NOT TRUST the police and teach their children the same. Even moreso, there is a lack of trust and faith in the Children's Services devision of government, who do more harm than good in society.

    If we want a society that puts faith in the justice system, it may be a good start by providing a trustworthy justice system to begin with. Just a thought...

    October 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  23. debra

    When will we understand the need to address the issues that cause violent behavior to florish. We throw so much money to investigate, charge, and incarcirate. Surely parents want more for thier children. Wake up society these are the ones who will be taking care of your needs in old age. Materialism, greed, complete individualism, and adult volunteers would be a few places for our adults to consider. Parents that completely rely on others to help shape thier young CITIZENS life is shameful at best.

    October 3, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  24. Barb Rademacher

    Chicago was denied the Olympic games mostly because of its crime and murder rate. I hope this event motivates the Chicago politicians to care about their own people. Clearly, up to now, they have not been motivated to clean up their own house.

    October 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  25. LarryinOregon

    The ultimate question is what motivates these youths to form gangs and prey on each other and how to break the cycle.

    But what the kids know is that
    The bad guys are rarely arrested
    If they are arrested they will be back on the streets with little if any punishment.
    The bad guys will "arrest" and punish anyone who snitches on them or otherwise tries to interfere in their business.
    The good kids have no protection - which is one reason why many join gangs.

    The community needs to take action and responsibility. It can not rely on police. What is needed is a street presence in sufficient numbers 24/7 to head off the bad guys. A massive neighborhood watch of citizens to protect the kids. Once the streets are pacified one can address the underlying issues, but the citizens of Chicago need to take back their streets neighborhood by neighborhood.

    October 3, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  26. Rusty

    I am an advocate of the right to bare arms and legislation prohibiting private ownership will not decrease the violence. Look at the Honor student for instance, no guns were used and I truely would like to express my sorrow to his family. If they want to restrict gun ownership in the home, they would make a greater impact to also restrict knives, clubs, boards, and anything else that is way commonly used to rob, maim, or kill people

    October 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  27. ChicagoSuburbanIte

    Most of the people in these neighborhoods where the violence occurs are uneducated. They perpetuate their own poverty. They allow terrorist to reside in their neighborhoods out of sure stupidity or family allegiance. If you want to stop the violence in the neighborhoods of the city, then give everyone a gun to defend themselves. It time that the citizens stampout gangs and violence by working with police and state authorities.

    Dailey wants to bring the Olympics to Chicago, but can't even get JFED and police department to keep the city safe. It's a joke!

    October 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  28. Donald D

    Chicago is not perfect nor is any city in any country. To claim the murder rate was the the reason Chicago did not get the olympics is off base. Rio had a murder rate of over 5,000 people. I believe the IOC really wanted to give it to Rio. In the long run they may find it was not the best decision. Chicago's problems are wide spread from parenting to police to the politicians. These problems are the same counrty wide. Parents need to step up, not the schools or the police. We need to take control of our children and our lives. We need to change Washington.

    October 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  29. Traci

    There has been a lot of talk that more job creation, better education, and other opportunities that help prevent families from living in poverty will help eradicate the violence in Chicago. While that's true, there should be equal if not greater focus on parenting. Anyone can become a parent, but that doesn't mean you have the skills to raise a healthy child physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Many parents (poor or not) are passing on the same unhealthy and unstable environment that they experienced to their children. Let's help parents and children so we can start to break these harmful patterns and heal our wounds. Let's implement more parenting workshops/counseling at these public schools and active campaigns and incentives to get parents to attend; classes in schools for students to learn conflict resolution and effective communication; more educational resources for parents to learn with their kids. Let's bring the arts back in the schools! Let's stop expecting police, government, television, and gangs to parent our children!

    October 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  30. Spencer Leak, Jr.

    I am a 39 year old funeral director in Chicago. My funeral home services most of the families in Chicago where their loved ones have fallen victim to the senseless acts of violence in our great city. I see the families pain after the news cameras have gone dark. They are scared, angry and confused. This violence has to stop. How do we stop it? Many schools have career days, which are great, however they are not working. Having a career day in some schools one day out of the entire school year means little to nothing. And the only time those career days get any press is when you have a professional athlete show up for a few minutes.Arne Duncan will be in Chicago on Wed and I will be at that meetiing. What I am going to tell him is that it should be mandatory for schools across the country to have career days once a week, with everyday successful young men and women speaking to our youth. Not just sports figures. Not just musical artist. These children need to know that you can buy Sean Johns and drive a nice car buy having a good job and not just by being able to dunk a basketball or make some beats or sell rocks on the corner. These career days should be done in grammar school not highschool, because in highschool we have already lost them.They should be made to do homework assignments on us and not just the Michael Jordans of the world. For the most part Micheal Jordan, Tiger Woods and President Obama are people that they will most likely never meet. But the local young lawyer, the local manager at the Best Buy, the doctor at the clinic down the street, the guy with the construction company, the developer whos building medical centers in under privledged neighborhoods, the owner of the chain of Burger Kings and yes the local funeral director like myself. We are all successful, everyday men and women who became that way because we had people in our lives that we saw on a regular basis and not just once a year who taught us the rights from wrongs in life. When these children begin to see people like us on a regular basis, the violence will stop.

    October 3, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  31. Bea

    It would be interesting to connect the various stories on CNN to see if there is a reason.....Wasn't it a couple of weeks (or less) ago that there was a story about the 4 Chicago police officers who falsely arrested citizens? One incident they stole $30,000 from someone and threatened to withhold their medication until they were told where the money was, then they split the money among themselves. They were sentenced to SIX MONTHS!!! No wonder there are problems. ALSO – in a different city, but it applies to this discussion, check out what happens when citizens DO TALK TO AUTHORITIES – ELLEN REASONER. An honest citizen tries to help and they wind up going to jail because police are too eager to pat themselves on the back and say they've solved a crime. Police are liars.

    October 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  32. charla puryear

    one of the fundamental issues is that our culture is steeped in violence. just look at your segment title: taking aim ... a violent reference.

    October 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  33. Dave

    Easy solution:
    If a kid beats (and possibly kills) another person, make the family of the beater pay for the medical bills and/or the funeral.
    Of course this hinges on actually catching the bad guy, but if the beater/killer is caught, his family isn't gonna be happy...they'll be less wealthy but not happy.

    October 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  34. Odis

    The CPD is a joke. Chicago has a Mayor that think Chicago dosen't have a violence problem. Yet kids are been killed everyday on his street. So what good would guns restriction do in chicago when the mayor think the city is already safe.

    October 3, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  35. Brandy

    I strongly agree with the previous two posts. I have been writing Essence, black churches and various radio stations in the past about the pain of African Amercian single mothers and it seems that no one can hear us. I am a single mother with a college degree and I see how hard it is for me trying to stay on top of my kids education, finances, work and the list goes on. I often feel overwhelemed and I cant imagine how some of these single mothers and grandmothers feel that have even more challenges. We need to focus on parenting help and mentoring. Many single mothers are in pain and it is like taboo in our communities to talk about it. We need more help from fathers, churches, communities to get involved. We cant do it alone!

    October 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  36. James Baker

    PLEASE READ AND MOVE FAST!! PLEASE READ AND MOVE FAST!!

    Good evening Josh,

    To much attention is being placed on these kids in Chicago. The more attention that is given on the topic of silence (No snitching) is going to give more motivation to continue the silence and more time to think about a plan. You are dealing with young blacks kids that are most likely scared and reacted before even thinking about any consequences and now left with inexperienced people and those that are not capable of offering sound advice. On the other hand the attention should be focused on the police departments and the supervision of the community center.

    This is why the job to work with kids is not for everybody. When working with young inner city kids one must have "PATIENTS & PASSION". If a candidate does not possess this while working then kid who under their supervision is in the wrong hands. This is a sign of no-one carrying because because a young inner city young man was able to be beat and no-one knows anything. At the least the employees of the center should have been able to make a report. We have to many that are earning pay checks and not thoroughly doing their jobs.

    Josh I’m 26 yrs old and originally from Dayton Ohio and currently living in OHIO but I have lived in the south side of Chicago and I know the people in Chicago are loving people and will back you as long as they know you are in support for them having a positive future. I have experienced what these children are going through and what they are fighting to receive on the inside. I really want to speak out this situation and I would like to come on ur show or even phone in on this topic. This is the time to start moving and working on solutions. Its only going to get worst!!!

    PLEASE CALL OR CONTACT ME..I WANT TO HELP!!! PLEASE CALL OR CONTACT ME..I WANT TO HELP

    October 3, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  37. Roger

    What happened in Chicago is just a continuation of what happens in Haiti or Somalia or Cameroon or Liberia.
    Black are less willing to adopt civility than other races therefore they express their natural tendencies by aggression and intimidation.
    That is a fact of life and no civil movement or politically correct network like CNN can change it
    Welcome to the new USA

    October 3, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  38. Shon

    Well, just another sign, how little our government spends time on fixing the problems of our own country. Some people say we need better social activities for our young people? I say we need to teach our young people, right from wrong. Our government does not do enough to protect the general public, from those people who do wrong and care little about life.
    I know it does not cost that much to put them in an electric chair? Crime is a social problem that needs to be taught at an early age. Just like hate for Americans in the middle east stems from childhood, so does the crime problems of the United States. If we ever expect our society to be a better place, these crimes must be punished by death.

    October 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  39. Nick Shalosky

    If we try to achieve what the founders of our Constitution intended, the right to bear arms gives people the right to own muskets, bows and arrows, cannons, and hatchets. Because these were the only arms that were invented during that time, semi-automatic and automatic weapons were not considered in this right.

    October 3, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  40. John

    Every morning I wake up and see a shooting on the news. Children, middle aged people, the elderly.

    HOW WILL ALLOWING PEOPLE TO HAVE HANDGUNS HELP THIS PROBLEM?

    If you think the murder reports are high and sad coming from Chicago, it will quadruple at least if more people have guns.

    There is NO REASON people in Chicago need hand guns!!!

    October 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  41. Grey

    In places where it is legal to carry a handgun, how many crimes are committed with legally owned handguns verses illegally obtained handguns? I think that is the real question.

    October 3, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  42. MB Morehouse

    Although I'm a proud Chicagoan, I'm relieved we didn't get the Olympic nod. I cringe at the level of public and private resource lavished on the pseudo-"amateur", totally commercial venture that is now the modern Olympics. This was an ego play of the worst sort and got the result it deserved. Hopefully we can now move on to address some of this city's intractable problems–not the least of which is gang violence–with vigor. The veneer the bid showed to the world is just that–there is pervasive corruption and decay beneath the surface and life for the least of us will not improve until and unless we address it.

    We are surrounded by counties and states that don't control guns. It's way too easy to drive beyond the city or county line or across the state border to get guns legally or illegally. And let's not forget the "strawmen (and women)"!

    October 3, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  43. Richard

    Josh, just saw your comments re Chicago and other violence. I just returned from the NRA indoor shooting range where I take my now ten year old son regularly (I also take my 11 yr old daughter). Today he shot two pistols and two rifles. My kids are taught about gun safety every time the subject comes up. We talk about general personal safety and maintaining awareness of ones surroundings all the time. My father took me shooting beginning at the age of 8, and enrolled me in a hunter safety course back in the 1960’s. I am determined that neither I nor other members of my family ever become victims of violence. I think we will always have bad people doing bad things. If they couldn’t get the illegally obtained guns they typically use, they’ed use something else – knives, baseball bats, and the like. You rarely hear about the vast majority of gun owners – folks like myself, my dad, and my son– BECAUSE WE AND OUR GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM, THE BAD PEOPLE ARE!!!!!

    October 3, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  44. manuel

    i live in south suburb of Chicago, they should allow guns in homes but not on street's, but allow people to carry stun guns on streets, anyone caught with real gun on streets there should be a mandatory 10 years in prison, the right to bear arms does not mention what type of guns, a stun gun is enough on streets, to me

    October 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  45. Kevin McClellan

    Arming scared and nervous citizens coupled with increasing the violent instigators' arsenal is only adding fuel to the fire. The proper response needs to be de-escalatory; in the short-term: better policing and improved social programs, in the long-term: better education and reduction in poverty.

    October 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  46. Shawn

    My condolences to the family of the slain student; I truly feel how devastating this incident must be to all of this poor child's friends and family; it is just awful to contemplate.
    But my comment concerns the media coverage: why must urban black victims of crime be called "honor students" before we CNN viewers are expected to care? "Honor student" has become a code word for "...oh oh oh, I know, it is another black or minority race victim of a crime but dig here, viewers, this is why it is such an important story: the poor victim was AN HONOR STUDENT". False, CNN; false, all other media who all do the same thing. That is not why I care. If the victim is a school dropout, if the victim is an illegal immigrant, if the victim is a homeless schizophrenic, if the victim is ME...no difference in the value of a human life. Get it? Stop this offensive practice or else start also listing other victims as "all-around ne'er-do-well high school dropout John Doe was a victim of a crime today". Report stories about all the crime victims; do not tell me why I should care about a particular one. I care about them all, even the family of those violent children who wielded pieces of lumber in the Chicago story are worthy of sympathy and understanding.

    October 3, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  47. Gaylen Tate

    Re: Gun ban
    A gun is much like an automobile, it's safe until you let an idiot
    operate it.

    October 3, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  48. James Harris

    As a future Architect and Urban Planner who plans on living and working in Chicago I want to kind of give all this media on Chicago a reality check.

    I'm glad that Chicago's crime problem is getting a lot of spot light and maybe it'll go to fixing the crime problem in Chicago. But lets put this whole thing in perspective, in 2008 1 in 2,478 people where murdered in Detroit, 1 in 3,132 people where murdered in Washington DC, 1 in 3,753 people where murdered in Atlanta, 1 in 4,495 people murdered in Philadelphia, and in Chicago 1 in 5,649 people where murdered. Meaning you are TWICE more likely to be murdered in Detroit than in Chicago. The amount of murders in Washington DC was 188, Atlanta was 146, Philadelphia had 322, Detroit had 368 and Chicago had 506. Yes Chicago had the most but keep in mind that it is also 2 time larger than Philadelphia, 3 times larger than Detroit, 5 times larger than Washington DC and almost 6 times larger than Atlanta yet their murder rate and crime rate continues to trump Chicago when adjusted for population. All of those cities ranked in the top 25 most dangerous cities in 2008, except Chicago! I only hope the publicity goes to address the issue instead of furthering negative connotation for Chicago because obviously many other cities are worst and deserve the publicity more! Yes 500 murders is 500 murders regardless but lets make sure we are thinking of solutions instead of denigrating a cities where crime rate is proportional less than a lot of other cities.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  49. Susan

    I would walk at midnight in Detroit before I would walk in Chicago at noon! That city is just too scarey!

    October 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  50. Jim Daley

    I do not know the answer or solution but i know it is important that something be done to find a solution. Children are our future, the future of america, and it's not looking good.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  51. susan

    As a black person, I am SO sick of hearing excuses relating to jobs, broken families, racism etc etc.

    What happened to Derrion Albert was due to a TOTAL LACK OF HUMANITY. Who doesn't know that murder is wrong??

    It's about time 'parents' started being accountable for the way these useless 'members of society' are being raised.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  52. Mystery Man

    To many kids are dying in Chicago and you all are waiting to late action needs to take place now. How many more kids are going to die before action is going to take place because all I hear is talk and no action.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  53. George

    I have come to believe that the problem in America, not only with out of control kid violence but also with out of control "tea baggers" and Town Hallers, is that the freedoms guaranteed us are freedoms for civilized people. These people have ceased to be civilized. Therefore a new set of laws and controls needs to be applied where people are out of control. Arrest, convict, and execute snetences swiftly. Stop coddling and excusing. Help the ones we can and let the others rot! Again this goes for all who exhibit uncivilized attributes both young and old. I am wiling to pay higher taxes, if we can put people in jails longer and quicker.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  54. Tony

    The responsibility has to start first with the parents and what’s being taught in the home. Then we need more after school programs to get the young people involved with mentors. We also have to let the police do what we need them to do, clean up the streets of Chicago. The corners are always crowded and unruly, that has to change. We have to take our communities back and it’s not going to be easy. The whole world has seen the insanity in our city and it has to stop.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  55. jaybee312

    The city had the great idea of destroying the housing projects and relocating the people that live in them throughout the city in various neighborhoods. Not such a good idea. Chicago has always been a gang infested city. You take people from rival neighborhoods and put in the same schools and same neighborhoods you can never have peace in this type of situation. This is not the only reason but it plays a huge part in what in the rise in crime over the last few years. So in short the city of Chicago was the catalyst to this terrible situation. I hope they stop having bright ideas.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  56. Bill in Oregon

    In Oregon, concealed handgun permits are very common and easy to obtain if you meet the State's standards. The # of permits went up after the last election along with gun sales. We don't have the severe problems they are having in Chicago. See the connection?

    In Oregon, the saying is "An armed society is a polite society." An armed citizen most likely would have been able to stop the beating had they felt safe enough to intervene. But not in Chicago, where only the gangs and thugs are allowed to be armed. Wake up Chicago and experience the relief.

    Bill

    October 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  57. GLEN KIRKORIAN

    JOSH,

    I'm very saddened at the recent events involving this little boy. I gotta tell you I live in Knoxville, Tn. and a lot of people here carry weapons on their persons legally and in their homes and it does make criminals think twice before they break into someone's home or attack someone.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  58. Beth

    I just tuned into CNN. I had no idea what was happening or what the commentators were talking about. People assume everyone knows everything. Schools must be able to reprimand children. Children know the teachers and authority figures can do nothing to stop bad behavior. Children see sports figures and other celebrities who get by with their bad behavior and feel they too can do whatever they want. If we as a society want to try to stop some of this, it will take hard word. Videos on TV and music on the radio encourage this behavior and attitude. We must try to stand tall and strong and say, we're not going to take this any more. I'm very disappointed that we spent millions to send our president to try to get the Olypmics here in Chicago. Wouldn't it have been money better spent to help communities and educate our children? I feel certain the Olympic committee is also relieved the Olympics aren't coming to Chicago now.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  59. Tawana Nolen

    I am a native Chicagoan and this has been the case for as long as I can remember. These Children can't just be names on tombstones. The elected officials and these parents have a responsibilitiy to come together and work with communities they are living in to begin a movement that is combating this violence and take the streets back from the gang members. So the children can be children.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  60. Carol

    What's going on in Chicago is that the mayor has not done his job for the last year or so because he was so intent on getting the Olympics. I am very happy that did not occur. Maybe now he can focus on the crimes against children, who are being murdered almost everyday. The people of Chicago need to speak up about the crime in their neighborhoods. Alot of these children are not being raised properly by parents who lack basic parenting skils. Is it a wonder that these children are killing each others? Another problem is that there is corruption on the police force, something the mayor and the police superintendent are not acknowledging. In the poorer neighborhoods, the people do not trust the police because some of them are a part of the problem.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  61. Eric Donoho

    First off my heart goes out to the family of this bright young man. It is a tragic situation. I do want to address the issue of gun control; Banning guns is not the answer to solving crime. I look at banning guns as a dumb chose because if you allow handguns, but require individuals take a gun safety course, register the gun, and also require the individual to have a conceal carry permit it allows law enforcement to know who has a gun before they approach a car or house. There is another point that needs to be made which is that no matter whether you have a ban on hand guns or not the criminals will always get them and that is who we are worried about.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  62. Danny O'Brien

    Most people don't understand that aggression comes from fear– Fear is the primary emotion in which we change to aggression to protect ourselves– Understanding this has helped me work with teens for 25 yrs. (including capital offenders)- Gang members are scared that they have no-one that they can trust or that they cannot survive in the general population so they create a common enemies friendship (we are friends because we disapprove of the same people)- Persons learning skills to survive their family, neighborhood etc. require training and not just academic achievement

    October 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  63. Rachelle C. San Francisco, Ca

    Possible intervention is to have all community leaders to:
    Teachers, Pastors, City Officials, ect.....

    1. Rally Together Now on this cause.
    2. Not to sweep this under the rug, and to continue to be in denialof the problem.
    3. Call all teens together to try and talk about what happen.
    4. The rule of sinching is nonapplicable here !

    October 3, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  64. Dr Vivian R Jones

    I agree that we should try to keep students in school year round. However, this is not the solution because many of the young people that are committing the crimes are not in school. They are in our communities living on the street without any direction or hope!!! Yes, the answers are in the community efforts However, the funding source for valid youth programs have been cut drastically. i.e. TEEN REACH!!! This is a program that has a proven track record of being successful. But many of the solid community based organizations that provided this needed service funding was cut or eliminated altogether. I grew up in Chicago, attended grade school, high school, and college all in Chicago. I have had conversations with many of our youth on the southside and their primary concern is violence and lack of job opportunities. These kids need jobs, training programs, housing, substance abuse treatment, counseling,etc. Put the Olympic money in the community!!!

    October 3, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  65. Russell

    What's happening in chicago?

    These abhorrent crimes against students in chicago public schools are NOT happening citywide.

    I live on the Northwest side of chicago in a community largely made up of police and firemen. These crimes(murders) are not happening here.

    These crimes are happening 10 or 20 miles away in communities that have always been "problem areas." It has become a sad fact of life that we as chicagoans have become jaded enough to think that they have always happened there and will continue to happen in areas of low income underprivileged people.

    Sadly, until it starts happening to white children in middle class neighborhoods there is unlikely to be any resolve. That may be an incredibly inhuman statement to make but i personlly believe it to be true. It seems like it's happening worlds or cultures away and is just not hitting close enough to home for the majority of chicagoans to relate to.

    It shouldn't matter CNN. A murder of a child is a grave and disgusting thing.... But what are the ethnicitys of the children being killed? What neighborhoods are these crimes taking place? Let's analyze so we can start to make a change.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  66. Pat, New York

    I am very sad, Derrion did not deserve this at all. Why is it we don't have the answers to take care of this problem in Chicago. Actually, it is happening in all of our cities and our children are not safe. Right now I cannot help but wonder why the President of OUR United States spent his time advocating for the Olympics in Chicago, and I cannot help but wonder why Oprah can take her money and feel good about having a school in Africa when around her the children of Chicago are not being helped to STOP this behavior. Someone can help them, someone needs to start getting busy (adding money) to provide a plan to help EVERYONE in Chicago.. Education agains violance, , Programs Supporting the needs of the residents of Chicago and all Large cities in crisis. Why is this problem not on the Presiden'ts plate. So Sad!

    October 3, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  67. Eric Donoho

    I want to follow up with one more comment. It is time for us as a nation to stop blaming all the tragic events on law enforcement and/or the government. It is our job as a community and citizens to stand up to the gangs and violence. It is our job as brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandmas, and grandpas to educate and monitor are children. It is our job no matter our circumstances to raise them with morales and to monitor what they are doing and who they are spending their time with. And when we start doing are job we can then except better results from law enforcement. Had the parents of the children who murdered this bright young man been responsible and done this we may not have a grieving mother and sister today!

    October 3, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  68. Latrae

    In The Bahamas Government used a Program called Urban Renewal where police bond with the people in the community and they build trust between the neighbor hood and law enforcement. This program work because law enforcement was able to communicate with people in the neighborhood and the youth. They where able to help and provide special counseling to the community . This is something Chicago should look into.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  69. Inge Guerra

    Where is Sharpton & Jackson? I am sure if the perpetrators would have been white, Sharpton & Jackson would be on every TV station. I feel bad for the mother of the boy.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  70. Stephen Craig

    Here is the problem, These kids today fear nothing; In earlier generations you feared anyone's parent that might catch you doing something you were not supposed too, Today's children know they can call child welfare and claim they are being mistreated and the power of disciplining children has been taken away from the parents; When i was coming up I feared my father and my mother and that longer exists in today's world; furthermore when a parent comes to the court and requests assistance from the court these judges do not do their jobs in getting these children the help they need and the good kids always suffer because of the outcome. In New Jersey a parent told the judge to keep her son locked up and the judge released the 17 y/o to the 23 y/o brother who had just been released from jail two weeks earlier himself. Who is fooling who? In New Jersey and Philadelphia the witnesses that come forward are being killed before they can testify at trial? If the police, government, and prosecutors can't protect a witness before trial they we as a nation are doomed?

    October 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  71. Tan

    This problem is Chicago is nothing new. It was happening 20 years ago when I was in High School. I remember gang fights and shootings at school. I remember CTA bus' being turned over and people shooting. I lost many classmates to random acts of violence. Some were innocent and some were not. It is an issue that has been looked over for decades. Because of the segregation in Chicago minority neighborhoods where ignored. Its only because of more media attention the problem exist now and people are wanting to try to find a solution. Violent video games weren't a factor then and shouldn't be now. When I was younger it was blammed on gangster rap. I remember the same things happening before the gangsta rap era. If your looking for something or someone to blame, blame society. Blame it on how poor minorities neighborhoods are portrayed and live up to the expectation because its all about what society hands you. Even though we are all in the same city minority neighborhoods don't even get the same funding as others. What about the gentrification that happened when the tore down public housing. There is a deeper problem.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  72. Michele

    #1 Chicago has had an increase in gang related violence because, for one, we are short approximately 4,000 police officers. Ask the mayor what he is doing with the salaries that are allocated for those positions.
    #2 Everybody wants to bad-mouth the police...there are great officers who risk their lives everyday for all of us, but they can only do so much. Yes, they make arrests, but the judicial system is too easy on these young people, and the "bad guys" know this.
    #3Being a former teacher....all I can say is "apple/tree". Most problematic teens have no support from home.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  73. Martisha

    I am from chicago. When I go back it saddens me to see how much worst it has gotten. I walk down the street and see nothing but despair, poverty and no hope for a future in these kids eyes. It's like a third war country right in the middle of AMERICA. I thought to myself how did this happen? Abandon buildings everywhere, bars on windows, people sleeping in the streets, drug dealers on every corner and shootings in school.
    HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? A THIRD WAR COUNTRY
    THE IN MIDDLE OF AMERICA.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  74. Bobbie, AZ

    Why not put a program in school that is something simular to the Peace Corp. That would give the children help with problems in everyday life as well as some solutions. Also it would give the children something to do each and every day. However you can't only make a program like this a once a month thing, you have to make this a weekly program. I think it might help. Maybe it should be in all schools around America.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  75. lj

    The best way to change the attitudes of some of these violent teens is through the voices of their freinds who are ultimately good kids but are just hanging out with them. I believe that most parents do teach their children about conflict resolution, but if there is a crowd of kids,
    the bad seed in the bunch will be the one to initiate the negative
    behavior. At that point, at least one the kids in the bunch that knows better has to speak out against it and odds are that the majority will
    agree that its best to do the right thing. Thats' how I raised my children and it has worked very well for them.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  76. Joe Brafford

    Look at the percentage of crimes and murders in Chicago that were committed by a person who was born out-of-wedlock and/or was raised outside of a traditional two-parent family. I don't think you will have to look much further to understand the underlying cause for the vast majority of these crimes.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  77. boyd

    I will garantee if you had a right to carry concealed hand gun law in Chicago. The crime rate would decrease dramatically.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  78. Mike

    I live on the southside of Chicago and there is no easy way to fix this problem. Violence has become a part of the culture here. The city's gun ban doesn't do any good, because the bad guys can still get the guns. There are places in the city where you can get any weapon you want for relitively cheap(AK47's, M4's, even hand grenades). Its the law abiding citizens that follow the laws who are hurt by the gun ban. Another big problem is the Police. They are way understaffed, in part because King (Mayor) Richard Daley has refused to give them a contract in years and stopped new hiring. The new superintendent Jody Weis will throw the police officers under the bus for any reason and as a result cops are hesitant to get into situations where they might have to use their sidearm. This is the only place i know where the community hates the police so much that its the officers fault when they are shot at. Sad to say but i dont think that the problem can be fixed.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  79. Tim Shanta

    The 2nd amendment should apply to the entire United States. You should be permitted to defend you,your family and your home. Gun controls only make it easier for criminals to attack you because they know you are not able to protect yourself. Look at the increase in crime in cities that have anty gun laws conpared to cities that have little of no anti gun law.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  80. Carolyn

    This situation is not only happening there it is even in North Carolin but its more so about shooting then beating kids up we just lost one of our 20 year old kids to Gun Violence we need to come up with a plan to stop it in school first then work on the streets because it all starts in school when some says something or looks at a person wrong.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  81. Evan Murri

    The tragedy of gun control is that it is not the children of United States Senator's that are being killed. If it was, all the B.S. about self-protection would dry up instantly.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  82. Carolyn

    It also has to do with what they are seeing at home if the parents are beating on each other then the kids thinks it is alright. We as students go through so much during high school at home and in the class walking DOwn thee hall way we have to take it out on someone those kids did the wrong thing they needed to seek couciling. They also need to get those kids into sports of maybe after school programs to keep them busy. They need to take some of these older people that are starting our kids into gangs and thing related to gangs off the streets.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  83. LarryinOregon

    For those who are shifting the discussion from unsafe streets to guns, the innocent honor student was beaten to death not shot. The issue is criminal thugs on the street not the weapons they may use.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  84. Shawn

    Did you see the video? What are all these gun-toting people going to do? Shoot a dozen high school students when they see such a disturbance? Do any of you gun-advocates see any irony in the suggestion?: "There is so much violence...solution: we need to have more guns!" It is a statistical fact that you will be more likely to shoot someone in your own family than you will be to stop a street crime with your gun. I solemnly hope that no one allows Chicago citizens to carry guns; I used to live there and I visit there frequently–I think it's one of the greatest cities on Earth, but I would be scared to go there if the citizens were all armed.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  85. Lourdes

    I am a public school teacher and have first hand experiences in school violence, it's like we are goimg around in circles with this issue, believe me, there are other obvious factors that we all have to consider, it may be taboo but I just can't help but notice. I hope we don't turn our heads away from it if we really want an actual solution.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  86. George Marquis Smith

    If you buy a gun because you are afraid, buying a gun won’t make you unafraid. Very simply, you’ll be a frightened person with a gun. This is a recipe for disaster.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  87. Marie

    We need to put God back into our families. Kids are not being raised with the basic foundations of religious principle. It does not matter which faith is practiced, the bottom line is, all religions have basic guidelines of right and wrong. When we took God out of our lives, those basic principles went missing for many of today's youth. I keep hearing about parenting, but a foundation that goes beyond the family and connects them to the broader community, and teaches right from wrong, and about things bigger than themselves, that's what is missing the most. Good parenting starts with a foundation of connectedness that is found only in religion. We are not even avid church goers, but I can ssure you my kids grew up knowing those principles and seeing them practiced.

    October 3, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  88. LATUNYA FOWLER

    As a passed resident of Chicago and growing up in the inner city this those not amaze me that no one has spoken up. the code of silence is very in play. the people in chicago should be out raged that the new's and the Mayor is or should i say was only worried about the Olympics coming to the city! But hey who is your child! to the Mayor of the city stop worryng about bring thing's too the city for the tax payer's to pay for and spend there hard earn money on saving there kid's. because they are the furture of the city!

    October 3, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  89. Jack

    The ban on hand guns has been in effect since 1983 and "the city of Chicago remains committed to it's hand gun ordinance". The next comment was that "Guns are involved in the majority of homicides and violent crimes that are committed". I believe the operative word in the last comment was "crime". Criminals don't care or worry about a hand gun ban because they will get the guns illegally anyway. So Chicago wants to penalize law abiding citizens who want to own hand guns for their own protection and self defense? The crime rate has continually risen over the past years despite the ban. Doesn't this tell us something? I say lift the ban and let the people of Chicago defend themselves from the criminals who don't care about the law anyway.

    October 3, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  90. Angela

    Why are we surprised at the news of another teen's death? Gangs in and around schools, guns everywhere, fights and shootings in our neighborhoods. Did anyone ever hear of Newark, NJ? Children/parents caught in the crossfire. There are "No Laws" in this country! A slap on the wrist, a few days in jail and back to business. How often do we read about a criminal released and repeating the same horrific crime..too often! Gang members have taken over the country. Kids are NOT SAFE in school, or in their neighborhoods. Furthermore, they are afraid to tell their parents for fear of retaliation and snitching. Until we sentence those responsible who commit crimes without bail, I see no solution to this problem. We have NEVER set an example with criminals. They know all the loopholes in the system; Judges are weak! Our judicial system is a joke.. shoot someone and walk out of jail! We must get control of the gangs. They are in schools, on our streets, in housing developments and they instill the fear of God in kids and others. The pressure to join a gang is great. Parents must talk to their kids everyday about the danger of giving in. We need security guards with dogs to walk kids to and from school to calm their fears and those of their parents. Certainly, we Americans believe in freedom of speech, but kids are seeing increasing images of brutal, desensitizing images on TV, music, and video games. This needs to be monitored. Unless we have stiffer penalities for all criminals, nothing will change! We must have a "NO BAIL" law for any criminal act that causes serious injury or death!

    October 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  91. James Tyler

    The FBI might consider assembling a large strike team that is up to several hundred strong. They could move the strike team to cities like Chicago and saturate areas of the city that are experiencing high crime rates.

    The movement and deployment of the team should not need to be publically announced. The strike team command could enter the city first and establish HQ and communications in the heart of affected areas. Communications would be independant of local police. Arrested criminals could be turned over to local police.

    The command team would locate suitable housing for incoming team members. Housing could be chosen by safety concerns and survellience reasons.

    The team members would have a daily spending allowance for living expenses. They would be instructed to buy services and supplies in these economically affected areas and to aquire housing in or as close to the affected areas as possible. This would economically boost poor neighborhoods while they are fighting crime.

    After crime rates have been reduced to a level that local police can manage, the team could be moved to another city.

    Several strike teams, of varying sizes, could be in operation across the nation.

    October 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  92. frank Animashaun

    Killing of men, women and school children in our society, especially in black neighbourhood of Chicago. We can call town meetings day and night 365 days in a year, talk about community involvement and block clubs, neighborhood alerts, the City of Chicago policing etc, etc until kingdom comes. We will be deluding ourselves.

    The real issue is to challenge and change the culture within the subculture of the resident of these neighborhoods. The passive attitude, the I dont care feeling, 'it is not me' mentality of resident/s observing someone, or some people or group of children attacking another human being is totally intolerable and unacceptable in a civilize society. Indeed, this nagative behaviour should be comdemn by the society and should be made outright illegal.

    I have been in a situation, where I have been attacked on the westside of Chicago; The residents just passively standby and watched the sceen, instead of engaging the kids to stop or better still calling the Police and reporting the incident. This positive approach would have help the situation.

    This is what need to be done.

    F. Animashaun.

    October 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  93. Heather

    I am a nurse at a local trauma hospital where I live and I see what the violence does first hand. My feelings on this subject are very intense. First I feel that parents need to realize that they are parents and not friends to their children. That their children can and probably do something wrong at some point and as the child's parent need to correct it instead of turning a blind eye. I also feel that the government needs to give me the right as a parent to hold my child responsilbe for what wrong doing they may have done without fear of CPS. Secondly, I feel that a lot of teachers either are not allowed to stand up or just do not care enough to stand up to these type of children for fear of what might happen to them. And last but not least, I feel that every one has the right to protect themselves, even if that means through deadly force of a weapon. Let's stop kidding ourselves into thinking that laws are going to stop criminals, they haven't yet. Here is a scenerio for you to think about. Say your walking in the mall with a family member and somebody decides to go and start shooting up the very store you and your family member are in, and there just happens to be a law abiding citizen carrying a gun and that person is able to stop the shooter before they pull the trigger of the gun pointing right at you. Now what would happen to you and your family memeber if that same law abiding ciitizen didn't have a gun and ran away? As a final statement remember that there are countries out there who have admitted that the reason they have not invaded the US is because they know not only would they have to deal with Americas finest men and women of the military but they would also have to deal with all of us citizens who have our own weapons.

    October 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  94. Don

    How there can be that much violence and ignorance concentrated in one place like that just baffles my mind. Those people are in dire need of training in just the most basic skills of social interaction. At face value, the entire Chicago community seems to be completely disfunctional.

    October 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  95. Graham Hutchins

    Just heard your program on Gun violence in Chicago. I am continally astonished at our American ignorance/arrogance regarding such topics. We seem to be afraid to even look at statistics and other evidence in other countries regarding both gun control and health care where the evidence is overwhelming that the streets are safer and the people healthier because of efforts and programs in these areas that control violence and provide healthcare to their citizens in a civilized way that we can't even imagine and beause of our American "exceptualism" won't even consider. I remember a cartoon during one of our Iraq wars indicating that soldiers didn't want to come home because it was safer over there due to the gun- happy fetish we have here in the States. I am sad to say that though I have lived in several countries on 5 continents I felt safer and healthier in all of them than I do in our own. Do we not have "rights' to live in a land free from violence and for adequate health care? This is what the Founders of our nation called 'promoting the general welfare.' Promoting guns does not provide safety... and promoting more expensive insurance does not provide health care for out people Wake up.. America!!! Other nations look on us with pity and disdain we are so primative in these maftters.

    October 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  96. JWimbley

    yes it WAS the Crime and national reporting of vicious mob attack against bright youngster. Before these brutal was the INTERNATIONAL KNOWLEDGE THAT OUR OWN PRESIDENT WAS NOT SAFE FROM GUN "Rights" The brutal slaying was merely icing on the cake of REJECT AMERICA's bid for the OLympics. Who wants to vitit a nation that seem to NOT appropriately the Highest official in the land? It did NOT help to view Right wing hatered for LOSING this election. I do not blame the IOC,if Americans cannot protct Americans from chaotic behavior–how can it protect strangers from all over the world?

    Broadcasters NEED to tone down its displays of what's WORST in this society and show the world the GOOD this countr is about–That too, IS exciting! Show us AWARDS to our Children and other organiaztions.

    October 3, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  97. Eugenie

    Recruiters sign up Chicago kids and others wherever they can find them, ship 'em to Iraq and Afghanistan, and we wonder why they indiscriminately shoot the civilian populations over there. It doesn't make us friends anywhere in the world. In fact, that's propably a contributing reason why Chicago was quickly tossed out of the running for the Olympic Games.

    October 3, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  98. Chad

    I see a lot of people complain about too many people getting shot in Chicago. Perhaps it's time to try something else?
    I suggest trying to allow people that are not criminals the ability to defend themselves against people that try to attack them.

    I don't think my fists are a good defense against a gang. Just because I've seen a couple Jackie Chan movies doesn't mean I'm capable of surviving 5 guys with bats, or simply fists. ... and what would a tazer do do if there are two guys with knives?

    October 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  99. steppeace

    I think it is time to stop blaming teachers for not educating our children. It is a society problem, starting with the parents. Stop allowing the smutty television to be the babysitter. Listen to the music that your children are listening to and talk about why it is or isn't acceptable in your home. Parents be responsible. If your children are teenagers already, it may be more difficult but not impossible. Take responsiblity, starting with yourself!

    October 3, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  100. James of Houston

    One of my friends seems to have the best answer.

    "What needs to happen is that there has to be employment opportunity available to all, good schools, role models that can show what is possible if you stay in school and go on to college and/or trade."

    One black social worker during the CNN interview came up with similar suggestions. The problem is, you can't get businesses to move into the community when the crime rates there are so high. Also, it was pointed out by the social worker that the young black children cannot read or write when they graduate from high school. How are they going to find jobs when they cannot read or write?

    Several of the panel members want the Federal Government to do something about the problem. What can the Federal government do when the local residents who live there are not willing to help and only want to keep to themselves and be left alone?

    I understand the kids who killed 16-year-old Derrion Albert have not been identified because none of the witnesses who were there wants to be labeled by the community as a "snitch"!

    October 3, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  101. James Tyler

    My prayers are with the people of Chicago and especially those who have lost loved ones to the violence there. I think at least a part of the problem is a lack of opportunity. The recession has put alot of people out of work. The lack of opportunities available also could be contributing to the anger and resentment and crime.

    October 4, 2009 at 12:18 am |
  102. Jean West

    Sometimes I think animals have more "smarts" than humans. There is a YouTube video showing a herd of buffalo coming unknowlingly upon a pride of lions, who proceed to stampede the buffalo and grab one of the young. The whole herd came back to attack the lions and rescue the young buffalo.

    What a lesson for us humans. Only together, without assigning blame, with a singular goal in mind are we going to rescue children from these predators.

    October 4, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  103. Adam Marquette

    Do not scare yourself from owning a tool. I would not stop myself from buying a first-aid kit because those services exist. At the same time, don't prevent me from owning a gun; the seconds or minutes it takes emergency workers to respond are vital.

    October 4, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  104. tom

    all street gangs should be held accountable like terrorist's groups overseas and our miltarily used again them to defeat such anarchy within our homeland that include physical violent through hategroups which justify racism.

    October 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  105. E. Fay Okocha

    I am a layed-off Chicago public school teacher and when I telephoned your station over a week ago when this incident happened, I was told this was a local incident. This was why you were not covering it. Our quality of life is directly correlated with creating a safe environment that is not characterized by fear and intimidation in neighborhoods, schools, and places of employment. These places where people carry on their lives have become inundated by violent youth, and all stakeholders must become proactive in identifying youth who exhibit aggressive, violent behavior. The earlier that people identify these at-risk youth exhibiting aggressive behaviors and implement intervention strategies, the sooner these senseless acts of violence can be reduced. Teachers working within the schools should be your point of contact-not the principals or security guards who sweep the initial incidents under the carpet. Yes, I'm angry and currently in the process of researching school violence in Chicago for my dissertation topic.

    October 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  106. la - ca

    .. lack of opprtunity and the recession does mean that you take a wooden pillar to someone's head and then decide to stomp on them. C'mon now. People know better.

    October 8, 2009 at 7:43 pm |
  107. la - ca

    .. why do we keep talking about guns and gun control .. hello, the poor victim was beaten not shot.

    October 8, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  108. Carol - Los Angeles

    .... corrrection to my previous comment "lack of opportunity DOES NOT mean you take a wooden pillar to someone's head and then decide to stomp on them ...

    October 9, 2009 at 9:23 am |