Crime is out of control in Chicago, far worse than most cities of a similar size, and 2010 has seen over 100 homicides already in the city.
In the wake of all of this, Illinois State Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford have called for Governor Pat Quinn to call in the National Guard to help restore the peace.
Other suggestions have poured in as well. Hiring more police, though budgetary restraints make that a difficult option, is always at the forefront. Social programs, drug law reforms, improved school funding, and other similar programs are all being discussed.
Mayor Richard Daley feels the answer is tougher gun laws, though fails to adequately explain how more gun laws will help in a city with laws already so strict they're the subject of a Supreme Court case.
"This is all about guns, and that's why the crusade is on," Daley said to media recently. "We hope to get their cooperation in Springfield."
He is correct that it is all about guns, but not in the way he means. The biggest issue is that the criminals and gang members have free reign in the city because of citizen disarmament. You can't let a pack of wolves have free access to the corral and then complain they're eating the sheep.
People have the right to defend themselves, whether in Chicago, DC, New York City, or Cleveland. Take those rights away and criminals will flourish. Imposing martial law won't change that simple fact.
Chicago needs to repeal its draconian gun laws or the death toll will keep rising.