The wave of gun violence in Chicago has been spiralling out of control. It is a shame that 20 Chicago Public Schools students have lost their lives since the year started. What is equally startling is the fact that public schools across this country have seen graduation rates plummet to under 50 percent. So, the cities are raising young people who cannot even finish high school, let alone enroll in a college or university. This is tied to the gun violence and scuffles with the law, in my opinion. It is high time for drastic measures to be taken and save these children. Parents must take their responsibilities seriously and not continue to fail their children during their formative years.

The powers that be in Chicago seem to realize that this problem has to stop. Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis has ordered his 25 district commanders to hit the streets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights –and he plans to use helicopter patrols on weekends — to curb an outbreak of violence targeting young and old. As I see it, law and order must be the name of the game, by any means necessary.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Weis believes that his new team of district commanders need to get their fingers on the pulse of their communities, and the best way to do that is to be on the streets between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. on weekends, when most of the gang-related crime occurs. Why are these young people roaming the streets after 10 pm? Can’t their parents control them? The Sun-Times has said that for years, all exempt-rank officers have been asked to give up their Friday nights. Now, district commanders are also being asked to do the same on Saturday and Sunday nights, following Weis’ lead. “It’s a way for the new commanders to become familiar with crime trends in their district and monitor any unexpected violence that occurs. And they won’t just be out there. They will also have the authority to move resources in their areas as needed,” said Police Department spokeswoman Monique Bond.

Another measure to be implemented will be the use of at least one of the Police Department’s two high-tech helicopters for “aerial patrols” on weekends. And he plans to deploy 50 officers formerly assigned to desk duty at police headquarters to “hot zones where gang retaliations are occurring.” So, with that said, I give the police department some credit for recognizing that this behavior cannot continue unchecked. Too many innocent people are falling victim to these ruthless thugs. We need stronger gun legislation in this country. Forget the NRA!

When someone in their family is gunned down in cold blood, then maybe they will really get the picture of what has been happening in too many cities across the United States. With all these shootings and fatalities, I have yet to hear one word uttered by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who resides in Chicago. I have yet to hear one word from Warren Ballentine, who would rather spend two hours on his show dogging Hillary Clinton and anyone who does not agree with him. These so-called civil rights leaders, as just that, so-called. Just my thoughts, you be the judge……..