Chicago has been in the news a lot this year, and it's not for anything sweet.
Children are killing other children in the city at an alarming rate, and rappers such as Chief Keef and Lil Durk are at the center of a maelstrom of publicity for their lyrics glorifying violence and their ties to the gang #300, a nominal part of the larger, national "Black Disciples" gang.
Now, an associate of theirs, RondoNumbaNine posted pictures of himself brandishing a rocket launcher on Instagram, then quickly deleted them.
Keef recently said on "That's It" that he has:
"...n*ggas who can throw rocket launchers at sh*t."
He wasn't lying. The real question is, how are so many illegal, unlicensed weapons getting into the hands of children in Chicago?
One gigantic problem is gun trade shows where background checks or paperwork of any kind are scoffed at. These trade shows in Indiana, Illinois and Mississippi are supplying a gargantuan proportion of the weapons later found in the hands of Chicago children.
While people are quick to point the finger at the kids themselves, for being wild savages and the like, you have to ask yourself whether there would be so many violent deaths in this city, and across the country, if something as simple as a background check was required for every legal firearm sale.
But you know, the right to have guns should definitely supersede people's lives.