But they're gonna fix it now, you betcha, with a Twitter initiative: under the hashtag #WHATIFCHICAGO, they're asking for your snappy 140-character solution to the city's "gun problem."
Hey, Chicago, you know what is the problem? It's too damn hard for an honest person to legally lay hands on a gun. Even if they do get through the maze, they still can't have it when they are most likely to need it.
--And suggestions range from installing even more draconian restrictions with even heavier penalties -- because somehow, a guy who is willing to murder his fellow-humans is going to be worried by one more law or ten more possible years if he gets caught, or will register his guns if you tell him this time, you really, really mean it -- to one from a practical-looking woman who makes the point I opened with: WhatIfChicago stopped confusing the city's gang problem with a gun problem?
A fraction of the city's population are wallowing and dieing in a world of hopeless violence, waging tiny wars over tiny bits of turf and drug deals that don't amount to a measurable percentage of the legal business conducted in the City Of Broad Shoulders -- and yet the mess affects everyone; you might not be the four-year-old hit by a stray shot, or even her uncle, but if you're living in or near Chicago, your life has been negatively affected by the gang crime problem there.
And they're not going to fix it with tougher gun laws. Even laws more than 140 characters long. It ain't gonna even start to be fixed until gang members start looking at the honest citizens, worrying what they might do to maintain the peace. Most people in Chicago are decent and at least middlin' honest; they shouldn't have to fear gang members.