Among those killed Saturday was a 34-year-old man whose mother had already lost her three other children to shootings. Police say Ronnie Chambers, who was his mother's youngest child, was shot in the head while sitting in a car."
Read the full account here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/27/ronnie-chambers-death-chi_n_2562014.html.
The gangland bloodbaths of the 20s and 30s horrified the nation and led to the banning of machine guns as private firearms. The NRA never uttered a peep about that common-sense limitation.
Things have changed. Now they insist that every citizen has a right to own and carry around assault weapons -- a junior grade, but much more handy and portable version of a machine gun. Couple that with easily concealable semi-automatic pistols and a plethora of other relatively cheap firearms being carried by more and more macho and pisssed off citizens of unknowable mental states and you have a situation which would make a walk down 1880s Tombstone streets look like an afternoon stroll through Cottonwood's Riverfront Park by comparison.
I think we've become so accustomed to ordinary citizens having to dodge bullets sprayed by psychopaths who consider whipping out a gun and blasting away indiscriminately as normal "anger management" that we view it as normal.
So far, nobody has been shooting up Cottonwood, but I have a doctor's appointment at 10 am, so I have to drive downtown. I hope I live to drive back. I don't know where in Chicago Ronnie Chambers was going, but he didn't make it.