If President Obama needs a shocking gun statistic to add to his State of the Union address Tuesday night, he can point out that 100 people have been shot in Chicago in the first 10 days of the new year. If you can call it good news, only 20 percent or so of those shootings proved fatal.


It wouldn’t be the first time Obama has acknowledged the gun violence in Chicago. In his January 5 address to the nation on his executive actions on guns, just after he wiped a tear from his cheek for the children of Sandy Hook to the sound of 1,000 camera lenses, he noted that, “by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.” We haven’t noticed him tear up yet, though. Maybe he’s just relieved to live “in a reasonably good neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago” that isn’t so dangerous.

“Every week there’s a story about a young person getting shot” in Chicago, the president later told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who noted that “fifty-five people have been shot in Chicago in the last seven days.” And yes, that is why the NRA points to Chicago as an example of gun control laws not working.

Precisely. As the president pointed out:

Well, the problem is, is that about 30, 40 percent of those guns are coming from Indiana, across the border, where there are much laxer laws. And so folks will go to a gun show and purchase a whole bunch of firearms, put them in a van, drive up into Mike Pfleger’s neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, where his parish is, open up the trunk, and those things are for sale.

“Now, technically, you could say those folks bought them illegally,” the president confirmed.

Agreed about the mayor, but who’s Emanuel, president of the NRA or something?