|No... it should be #PrayforChicago|
Immediately, the world of Twitter came alive with users starting a #PrayforBoston hashtag and speculation running wild by Internet journalists as to the culprit in this act of aggression on marathon runners (mind you, the biggest marathon in the world).
Rightfully so, people were worried about loved ones and friends who had traveled to Boston to participate in the Boston Marathon.
Lost in the madness of the moment is what occurred in Chicago over the weekend, a city where the dream of disarming the population through gun control legislation has already come to fruition.
Individual acts of gun violence, aggregated together to show a much different version of terrorism than what's being broadcast from Boston. It's the same type of terrorism that killed Detroit and Birmingham, driving away the law-abiding (responsible, tax-paying citizens who want to raise families in cities they feel safe walking down the street in) citizenry and replacing it with one that actively protects urban terrorists in their population through 'no snitching' rules.
But as the weather warms up, the hibernating urban terrorists are thawed out and the violence cold weather deters comes back unabated [Chicago Weekend Shootings: Four Dead Among The 26 Shot Around The City In Weekend Gun Violence, Huffington Post, 4-15-13]:
Four men are dead among the at least 26 shot throughout Chicago since Friday, capping off a violent weekend that culminated with the warmest day of the year so far.
As temperatures crept toward 70 degrees Sunday afternoon, DNAinfo Chicago reports five people were shot, including a 17-year-old boy injured in the 1500 block of South Millard Avenue.
The Sunday afternoon shootings pushed the number of injured and dead to 26 by DNAinfo's count — which included reports of gunshot victims who sought treatment at area hospitals independent of a crime scene.
The fatal shootings started Friday, where 33-year-old Kevin Sanders was killed in the South Chicago neighborhood, according to NBC Chicago. Police News Affairs say Sanders was found shot multiple times in the torso about 11:10 p.m. in the 8700 block of South Burley Avenue.
Later that night, an angry crowd of about 100 residents from the apartment complex where Sanders was killed surrounded the front door of a building where the alleged shooter had holed up. The Tribune described the shocking scene, where Sanders' alleged killer had reportedly been shot in retaliation. The suspect was taken in to police custody.
Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Santiago was the first fatality Saturday, after police say he was shot and killed around 2:45 a.m. in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, according to the Sun-Times.
Just before 9 a.m. Saturday morning, Miguel Cancel, 19, was fatally shot in his vehicle in the 4200 block of West Irving Park Road in a shooting that also wounded two other passengers.
Larry Randle, 28, was fatally shot in the back 1200 block of West 97th Street around 1 p.m. that same afternoon. According to DNAinfo Chicago, Randle was killed near his home in the 1200 block of West 97th Street after police say two gunmen emerged from a light-colored vehicle and fired on him.
On Sunday, roughly 30 minutes apart, a pair of shootings on the South Side left four more in critical condition.
"I never seen nothing like this in my life. I never grew up around this," Lora Quarles, a neighbor near the shooting in the 7400 block of South Champlain Avenue in Grand Crossing. Quarles, who recently moved to the area, told DNAinfo, "We were just talking, not expecting shots to go off."
Shooting incidents continued throughout the weekend, even as people gathered Saturday in Federal Plaza downtown for a vigil to end gun violence. Fox Chicago reports the vigil was one of many held around the country that day.
Garrett Evans, a South Side Chicago native and survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre told Fox, "We need a background check. That's the reason I was shot, there was no background check, the guy who shot us had a history of mental illness and since he wasn't red-flagged he was able to buy a gun off the internet."#PrayforBoston.
But look upon the city of Chicago and lament the fact that we must watch yet another American city fall to urban terrorism -- Detroit, Birmingham, Memphis, St. Louis, increasingly Indianapolis, Newark, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.
Like Icarus flying to close to the sun, we must helplessly watch as the winter season changes to spring and know - just as Daedalus did of his sons fate - with the warm weather returning so does the unleashing of urban terrorism.
Not from a bomb, but almost exclusively from those sons and daughters of Obama.
#PrayforBoston, and all those harmed in the bombs that went off at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon; but more importantly, #PrayforChicago -- it's a city where gun control long ago was enthusiastically passed, but it is a city far more violent than even the war zone of Afghanistan.
4 dead, 26 Wounded... it sounds like the aftermath of the bomb blasts in Boston. No... it's just another weekend in Chicago.
Courtesy of black residents of the city (and occasionally Hispanics).