In this case, the desperation of Democratic state Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford is widely shared. Any murder is a tragedy and Chicago has had almost 1,000 in the past two years, including 129 juveniles.The irony of the situation is that this call for using the National Guard as a police force, comes on the eve of the anniversary of another time the Guard was called on to act as a police force. It didn't work out to well all those years ago.
The recent surge in violence includes a 20-month-old girl killed by a bullet in her head while sitting in a car on the city's South Side. The suspect, who turned himself in, was reportedly aiming at her father.
Indeed, it is a sobering coincidence that this new debate comes so close to the 40th anniversary of the massacre at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. That's when the Ohio National Guard fired directly into a crowd of student anti-war protesters, killing four students and wounding nine others. That's a stark reminder of how, as well as the guard does many other things, it is not trained to perform the tasks or face the everyday issues police face.I think the Guard has enough on its hands right now, thanks.