Thirteen people, including a 3 year old toddler, were wounded last night in a gang shooting in Chicago, police said on Friday. Sadly, this seems to be a norm for the city as last year it had 506 murders the past year. There is a lot to be said especially considering that Chicago has arguably one of the strictest gun laws in the United States, yet by comparison, New York City, with a population three times of Chicago, had 419 murders, according to a report that FBI had.
Are guns to blame in this situation? Some would say yes that guns are the reason that people are getting shot and killed, but I would say otherwise. The real problem are not the guns that are being used but the people that are using them. Which goes into my argument, bad parenting is what is killing and starting gang violence in the world. It is obvious that when people in their teens are out past 10pm in South side Chicago one of the largest crime rate cities in the world, that bad things are going to happen. When you are a teenager you think that you are Superman and that nothing can ever happen to you but thats where you are wrong. This is where parenting comes in, where are the parents standing up and telling their children that they cannot be out past a certain time because they know that violence is so high where they live.
These tragedies are committed by parents who do not supervise their children. They obviously offer no guidelines if a 3 year old toddler is out past 10pm at a park in Southside Chicago. When will people learn that they should not blame guns for these situations, we do not blame the car for when a drunk driver kills someone and we do not blame the bomb for when a terrorist attack happens we blame the people. Until people realize this, these tragedies will continue to happen.