From Gun Violence to Civic Health: A Whole of City Approach to Creating Chicago’s Future

Although released in 2008, the following report from the McCormick Foundation in Partnership with The U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies describes how Chicago’s civic health is crumbling under the pressure of gun violence.

Last year (2007) marked the first time in five years that the number of murders in the city of Chicago exceeded 500. And the vast majority of the deaths were by gunfire. That is roughly 30 more deaths by violence in Chicago than deaths of GIs last year in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The meaning behind this number is difficult to grasp. It means Chicagoans are killing each other in one of the most civilized cities on the planet at a faster clip than our sworn enemies are killing American soldiers in war zones. Even worse is the fact that during the 2007-2008 school year, 36 Chicago Public School children were murdered.

These are startling figures, especially for those who think that a ban on handguns was somehow working for Chicago.

“Those who espouse and resort to gun violence in America are also adversaries,” he continued. “And dealing with them is often a means of reframing the concept of improving civic health through the pillars of society.” “That is the reason for and direction of the McCormick Foundation’s efforts to attack gun violence by improving civic health.” –McCormick Foundation President and CEO David Grange

And don’t think that Grange knows nothing about gun violence: He’s a retired United States Army Major General.

From Gun Violence to Civic Health: A Whole of City Approach to Creating Chicago’s Future (pdf)