Over the July 4th weekend:
- Seven people were shot to death in Highland Park, a Chicago suburb.
- Ten people were shot to death in Chicago .
One is rare, and the other is routine. But some liberal outlets are noticing the attention gap.
The Washington Post ran a front-page story on Thursday that lamented "There are no crowdsourced charity drives raising millions for victims’ families in Chicago, where the holiday weekend death toll reached at least 10 with 62 injured — numbers that exceed the toll in Monday’s mass shooting at a July 4th parade in nearby Highland Park, Ill. In that affluent lakeside suburb, the violence was an anomaly. Here, it is a grimly regular occurrence."
But on her MSNBC show on Tuesday, Nicolle Wallace focused exclusively on the seven Highland Park shooting deaths. Not a word about the 10 shooting deaths in Chicago. Note that in 2021, there were 3,561 shooting incidents in Chicago, and 797 homicides.
Reporter Chris Jansing said that people came to Highland Park assuming it would be safe, Jansing noting that the town, "almost a decade ago, passed a ban on the kind of weapons that police say were used in the shooting." Yes, if only they had also posted Gun-Free Zone signs along the parade route. That surely would have stopped the shooter.
Wallace and her guest Peter Strzok, the Trump-hating, ex-FBI agent, focused on the race of the Highland Park suspect. Strzok complained "these sort of socially-alienated 18, 19, 22-year-old awkward white males go into gun shops, lawfully buy, again, not handguns, not a, you know, musket, but a weapon designed, starting in the Vietnam war, to be a weapon of war, buy that legally, and in some cases then turn around, some with planning, some without, and are able to do it."
Again, no mention of the age or race of the Chicago shooters. Wonder why?
And NBC correspondent Tom Winter reported that in addition to seven murder charges, the Highland Park suspect might also be charged with misdemeanors for violating the town's assault-weapons ban.
Here's the transcript.
Deadline White House
4:04 pm EDT
CHRIS JANSING: This is not a community, Nicolle, where people come, expecting this in one way. They come here because it's safe. There have been two murders here in the last two decades. This is a community that, almost a decade ago, passed a ban on the kind of weapons that police say were used in the shooting that happened just a block down from where I'm standing.
. . .
TOM WINTER: Obviously, weapons charges are a possibility. This town does have an assault-rifle ban, and so perhaps there's going to be charges there, believed to be misdemeanor charges that can be brought.
PETER STRZOK: The fact is that he, like many of these other folks we're seeing, these sort of socially-alienated 18, 19, 22-year-old awkward white males go into gun shops, lawfully buy, again, not handguns, not a, you know, musket, but a weapon designed, starting in the Vietnam war, to be a weapon of war, buy that legally, and in some cases then turn around, some with planning, some without, and are able to do it.
. . .
NICOLLE WALLACE: But clearly we're not the only country with sick sociopathics, especially of the white male 18-to-22-year-old variety. We're the only country where massacres are so rapid that it feels like every week we have to marshal the four of you and have this conversation.