How many is too many?

Update: A reader pointed out to me (in an e-mail) that Jody (Jodi? I’ve now seen it both ways) Weis is actually a man. I want to make it perfectly clear that my referring to him as “she” was not an underhanded penis joke or an insult to his manhood. His parents already did that for me when they named him so there is no need (sorry…that one was just too obvious to pass up). It was an honest mistake based on the fact that every “Jody” I’ve ever known in my life was female. I have nothing personal against the man…I just think his policies and statements are a bit misguided.

I actually realized my mistake a few days ago, but I never bothered to update the post because I assumed it would be obvious that it was just an honest mistake on my part. I apologize for the initial mistake and for not issuing an update immediately upon discovering it. Bad Blogger! [/Update]

I know I’m late to the game on this and too many other bloggers have already mentioned it to effectively hat tip everyone.

An epidemic of gunfire rattled the city during the weekend, with at least 32 people shot and six killed.

Police Superintendent Jody Weis blamed an excess of guns and gangs for the rash of violence.

“There are just too many weapons here,” Weis said at a news conference Sunday. “Too many guns, too many gangs.”

The first important lesson learned from the all-knowing, wise and benevolent Chicago Police Superintendent is to never have too many weapons. Those excess weapons will get bored and then wander around the city shooting people willy nilly.

The other important lesson is that there is, apparently, an appropriate number of gangs to have in a given city and exceeding that number could lead to violence.

Go figure.

Of course, she doesn’t mention the formula used to calculate the appropriate number of gangs so I don’t know if it’s based upon population, geographical area, concentration of illegal drug users or what. That leads me to believe that the good Superintendent doesn’t have much of a conscience. I mean…if you have some insight as to what the proper number of gangs in a city should be, shouldn’t you share that information so other cities can evaluate their gang level and take action to limit the number of gangs to the proper level.

Maybe, a one gang a month law? Maybe a gang registration and permitting system? We could post signs that say “no gangs within 1,000 feet of schools”, or establish “gang free zones” to at least keep the gangs out of areas that they don’t belong…libraries, public parks, banks, etc.

Man, I’m good at this legislating stuff. I should run for city council.

The humor in this is unfortunately muted by the fact that there is a significant portion of our population who will read her statement and shake nod their heads in agreement.


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