Lots of ways to look at this story out of Chicago:
Moments before she was slain last week on Chicago’s Southwest Side, 17-year-old Charinez Jefferson begged the gunman not to shoot because she was pregnant, prosecutors said today.
Despite her plea, Timothy Jones, 18, opened fire on Jefferson anyway, yelling an expletive at her as he shot her in the head, prosecutors said. He then stood over her as she lay on the ground and fired several more times, striking her in the chest and back.
First, I’d like to offer my sympathies to the family of the victim. There is an infant involved and I offer my hope and prayer that he not only survives, but is healthy and able to lead a productive life.
This post should by no means be considered a criticism of the victim. I don’t know anything about her other than that she seems to have been born into a crappy culture and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
With that said, there are numerous aspects of this story that could be explored and learned from.
There’s the fact that Illinois in general and Chicago in particular have some of the strictest gun laws in the nation…which do nothing to prevent senseless crimes like these.
There’s the long criminal history of the perpetrator, yet he was still on the streets, able to freely continue his chosen life of crime and violence.
There’s the culture of violence that permeates the inner cities and leads to a society in which you can be summarily executed for the egregious crime of being seen with the wrong person.
There’s the scourge of gangs that infest the major cities of this nation and others.
But the point that I’m choosing to make is in reference to the anti-gun contention that the law abiding shouldn’t carry the most effective tools of self defense available because money and property aren’t worth the risk of taking a life over.
They contend that the best option is just to give the bad guys what they want and everyone will live to see another day.
But what if “what they want” is nothing less than your life?