As I am sure most of you have read or seen on the news, this past weekend in Chicago was an absolute bloodbath of shootings, with over five dozen people shot, at least twelve of them dead.
I am honestly curious to to what is going on. Why is Chicago a Lethal Weapon movie? As compared to America’s other major cities it is bizarrely, disproportionately violent. Here are the 2015 murder rates (murders/100K persons) for the ten biggest cities in the USA:
New York City - 3.4
Los Angeles - 7.1
Chicago - 23.8
Houston - 13.3
Phoenix - 7.2
Philadelphia - 17.9
San Antonio - 6.4
San Diego - 2.6
Dallas - 10.4 (Fort Worth is 6.7)
San Jose - 2.9
I apologize for three year old numbers but they were the easiest to find and any recent year will be roughly the same.
Over 300 people have already been murdered in Chicago this year, well ahead of a pace to have more murders than last year’s 428, itself a staggering number.
What are the particular factors that make Chicago weirdly violent? There are other very violent cities - Oakland, DC, Newark for some reason, Milwaukee - but Chicago is a city I would have assumed would be more like New York, or even Toronto, a city I live close to and which reminds me of Chicago. (Toronto’s all time HIGHEST reliably measured murder rate was 3.9.)