Chicago Murders: Crime Wave Is Not Nationwide, However

Chicago police at the scene of a fatal shooting in 2015. (Jim Young/Reuters)

Data from other cities suggest that the murder uptick that started in 2015 is tapering off.

Last weekend, 66 people were shot in Chicago, twelve fatally. This slaughter wasn’t carried out by the army or police but by civilians. The violence occurred on the south and west sides of the city, apparently with African-American perpetrators and victims.

Despite this shocking event, and contrary to our instinctual response to take more-drastic steps to avert such carnage in the future, the data do not suggest that we’re facing a crime wave. In fact, they indicate that the violence — believe it or not — is ebbing.

In a sense, as Tip O’Neill used to say…

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