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Causes, effects of deadly violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses attendees  prayer vigil for 13 victims from Back Yards shooting Cornell Park New Beginnings Church

Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses attendees at a prayer vigil for the 13 victims from the Back of the Yards shooting at Cornell Park at New Beginnings Church on Friday September 20, 2013. | Jessica Koscielniak / Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: October 25, 2013 6:12AM



We all learned the cause-and-effect theory as early as elementary school, so why is Chicago ignoring the theory when it comes to violence in the city?

Failing schools, unemployment, poverty and lack political fortitude to deal with the root cause of Chicago’s violence continue to have a deadly effect on Chicago’s families. I appeal to Illinois’ governor and Chicago’s mayor to hear the loud ringing effects caused by the social and economic disparities that distinguish Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Let’s join Pope Francis and fight poverty to end the deadly effects of violence in the city.

La Shawn K. Ford,

State representative, Chicago

Waiting too long

It is absolutely absurd how Mrs. Nanci Koschman must endure and wait for answers of her only son’s death. If an ordinary person caused such an incident, even in Chicago, things would probably be finished and done, but add the power and corruption of the Daley dynasty — and things change.

Richard J. White, Elmhurst

Ramps need tire shredders

Why can’t the authorities install tire shredders at the end of highway exits so that drivers trying to enter the highway in the wrong direction will have their vehicles disabled? This would prevent accidents and save lives.

Thomas Kalackal, Naperville

GOP held hostage

The Republican Party is being held hostage by the Tea Party lunatics. They voted on reducing food stamps for 40 million people.

They even went further by proposing to strike down the government and defund the Affordable Health Act. Are they crazy? All of them from Illinois voted yes to this crisis.

Verna Johnson, Chatham

Perils of concealed carry

Recent news accounts of two legal “conceal and carry” men killing each other over a road rage incident presents a scary picture of the new America.

I sympathize with police officers who respond to a call. What if they arrive only to see several “civilians” with guns drawn. Who will the officers target? Who will they single out as a threat? Will conceal and carry gun permits be passed out along with signs that say, “I am one of the good guys”? I can imagine several citizens, empowered by “conceal and carry” and “stand your ground” laws, taking the law into their own hands and meting out justice as they see fit. We could see a gunfight between previously innocent persons who simply believe they are protecting themselves and those around them, misguided as they might be, resulting in multiple injuries and death. I don’t envy the courts and the legal system trying to sort that out.

There are good reasons why we must go through metal detectors before we board a plane, enter a courthouse, or attend a professional football game. Being with a crowd of people, many who carry personal sidearms, does not make us safer. Instead, it unnecessarily subjects the rest of us to the vague whims and perceptions of injustice by those carrying the arms.

Giving everyone a gun and the right to use it will not make our society safer. It will only increase the incident of gun injury and deaths. Where guns are, they will be used.

Karen Wagner, Rolling Meadows



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