Weâ€™ve had a tough week of gun violence. First there were the killings at the Washington Naval Yard. Then there was the shooting of thirteen people in Chicagoâ€™s Back of the Yards neighborhood. Miraculously, no one died in that Chicago incident. It remained plenty revolting. Firefighters were hosing the park down in the middle of the night so kids wouldnâ€™t have to walk past the gory scene on the way to school the next morning.
I have more human sympathy than your average person for a young person who joins a gang or gets caught up in the underground economy, or for a nineteen-year-old who packs a gun because he fears his peers. I just canâ€™t process someone shooting a three-year-old boy in the face with an assault weapon. The boy will survive, though he will require plastic surgery.
To state the obvious, I am sick of the depravity caused by the usual stupid code-of-the-street or turf crap.
Mark Kleiman and I chatted by video to discuss a range of issues occasioned by these incidents. Highlights are shown below.