2016 was a long and violent year for the city of Chicago, deeming it worthy of it’s nickname Chi-raq.
Despite the fact that the Cubs brought joy to the city by breaking the 108-year World Series title drought, last year marked Chicago’s worst homicide rate in two decades.
Police report that 2016 ended with 762 homicides, which is more than twice the number of homicides New York City experienced where police say 335 people were killed.
Violence in Chicago has gotten so bad even President-elect Donald Trump noticed.
Chicago murder rate is record setting - 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
Since Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, Twitter decided to make light out of a dark situation by starting the #ThingsSaferThanRahmsChicago to lampoon how poorly Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel has run the city.
Here are some gems:
Letting Ted Kennedy drive your sister home from a party #ThingsSaferThanRahmsChicago— Liars Never Win (@liars_never_win) January 2, 2017
Being a goat at an ISIS camp. #ThingsSaferThanRahmsChicago— Fart Soup (@jester1023) January 2, 2017
#ThingsSaferThanRahmsChicago— Hillary Criminal (@HillaryCriminal) January 2, 2017
Asking Hillary to run your email account
While it’s easy to make jokes from an unfortunate situation, the sad reality is that the country has pretty much turned a blind eye to Chicago’s south side.
In addition to the rampant gang violence, Chicago police officers are afraid to be pro-active because of the way cops have been treated by the Left and the media.
John Cohen, a law enforcement and homeland security expert, believes the city is “spiraling out of control.”
He continued. “Officers of various ranks are worried they will respond to a split-second decision and end up being the next person blasted all over the media and will lose their job.”
There’s no easy solution for cracking down on crime without innocent people and police officers getting hurt. However, there is hope that President-elect Trump will change the culture in how police officers are treated, so that they can effectively execute their duties to keep communities safe from criminals. There is also hope that new economic policies can provide these communities with jobs, so young men have a better choice than getting involved with gangs and drugs.