I had friends come to stay with me over the holiday weekend, and normally, when you welcome guests into your home, you go over some of the basics. Here are the clean towels, here's the extra toothbrush, don't let the dog out, etc. In Chicago, though, we the few brave residents, have to field a variety of questions about our relationship to the wave of gun violence sweeping the city: no, we're nowhere near the gangbangers, please don't arm yourself with an automatic weapon, don't wander the city after midnight, and there's only a 17% chance you'll die even if you do get shot, because its mostly teenagers and their aim is terrible.
Nothing to worry about. Have a mojito.
This weekend, we actually had an improvement over last year: only 47 wounded! Only 16 dead! We're doing so well.
Chicago was yet again riddled with a flurry of shootings this Fourth of July weekend, with at least 47 wounded and nine killed, according to multiple media reports.