Monday, June 27, 2022

Illinois, the newest state to abandon

My brother Sean moved to the Chicago area—what—almost two years ago. He lives in a fairly upscale suburb, Highland Park, so none of downtown Chicago's problems really touch him, and I guess, from his perspective, there's no problem at all. I'm sure Sean—who has called himself a "libertarian" in the past but is really a more of a left-liberal—would scoff at the notion that Chicago is a shithole. But as the above video notes, Illinois is about to lose its richest resident because of violent crime. This is a thing. Deny it all you want. I hope the rot never touches my brother, but his neighborhood is just up the lake coast from Chicago proper, and Marxists—even the rich ones, apparently—hate the well-off.

1 comment:

Kevin Kim said...

Anonymous commenter: read this. Leave a name next time.

And I looked up gun-death stats for Illinois vs. Florida and Miami versus Chicago. I wish you had cited sources, but since you didn't, I'll cite mine. The CDC, which is not exactly a rightie establishment, says this about firearm mortality by state:

Illinois: 14.1 per 100,000
Florida: 13.7 per 100,000

So you're wrong on that count. Illinois is, overall, worse, and it's mainly because of Chicago, as we'll see in a moment.

For cities, I checked a different source for gun-homicide stats. Results:

Chicago, 2018: 17.6 per 100,000
Miami, 2018: 8.9 per 100,000 (no data beyond 2018)

So Chicago is way worse than Miami by a factor of 2.

That fits the rightie narrative for sure. And within red states, all that gun violence is concentrated in the big cities, which are blue. Factor those out, and you're at European levels of gun violence. Note, too, that the big cities have both the strictest gun laws and the most gun violence. The irony isn't lost on me, but it apparently is lost on the left.