An Associated Press story I read in the New York Times this week goes like this...
A 14-year-old Chicago girl accused of killing another girl in a dispute over a boy tried unsuccessfully to fire a gun before someone fixed it for her so she could open fire, prosecutors said Tuesday.
That detail emerged during a hearing in juvenile court, in which the girl appeared on a first-degree murder charge in Monday’s killing of Endia Martin, 14.
According to a statement read in court, the girl pointed the weapon at people standing on a porch on the South Side and pulled the trigger, but it would not fire. Someone cleared the malfunction and gave it back to her. She opened fire, killing Endia and wounding a 16-year-old girl.
If you follow this blog, you know I don’t cover crime, so try to guess the reason why I think this story is a big deal.
a. The killer is a 14 year old girl
b. The murder is over a boy
c. Someone fixed the jammed gun
d. All of the above
e. None of the above
The correct answer is E - None of the above.
In light of what goes on around here, I’m fascinated that in Chicago (aka 'Chi-raq'), where it’s not uncommon for 30 or more people to get shot up every weekend, they prosecuted this 14 year old in juvenile court (see paragraph 2).
Kids around here do a lot less and are charge as adults a lot more. Yet, no one complains.