Just about every lefty I follow on Twitter has tweeted some version of this story from Chicago:
Girl who performed at Obama inaugural events slain on South SideIt's a horrible story about out-of-control gun violence. But please note that it also fits into the right's narrative:
After taking their exams Tuesday, Hadiya Pendleton and a group of others decided to hang out at a park on Tuesday just blocks away from their high school on the South Side.
But the trip ended in tragedy when the 15-year-old King College Prep sophomore was fatally shot about a week after she attended President Barack Obama's inauguration and performed at inaugural events with the King College Prep band and drill team.
Penldeton and a16-year-old boy wounded in the attack were shot in a park near the school about 2:20 p.m., in the 4500 block of South Oakenwald Avenue, police said...
CHICAGOLAND: 15-Year-Old Girl Who Performed At Obama Inauguration Shot Dead... drudge.tw/WASuHw— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) January 30, 2013
For Matt Drudge (and the rest of the right), the worst hellhole on the planet is Chicago, not just because it's home to Obama "thuggery," aka "the Chicago way" (whatever the hell that means), but also because it's a city with a high murder ratewhere (until a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in 2010) handguns were banned. (It's also, um, not an exclusively white city, which is of special relevance to Drudge.) The fact that guns can easily get into Chicago from stores outside city limits and from other states where the laws aren't nearly as strict is irrelevant to the right's narrative. (One store just outside Chicago, Chuck's Gun Shop in Riverdale, is responsible for nearly 20 percent of guns seized by authorities in the city in the aftermath of crimes or unpermitted uses. Must be just an unfortunate series of coincidences, right?)
This guy is in Drudge's amen corner:
another tragic argument for hearings on violence in chicago nbcchicago.com/news/local/Chi…— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) January 30, 2013
Yes, Newt Gingrich wants House Republicans to hold hearings on gun violence in Chicago. If this actually happens -- possibly just as the Senate is voting on some gun-control measures -- I won't be the least bit surprised.
The right ignores the sustained drop in crime in the past generation in gun-control cities like Boston and New York. The right doesn't explain why the overturning of Chicago's handgun ban didn't magically reduce the murder rate (it's risen since 2010). To the right, gun control = Chicago = fail. Expect the Chicago card to be played a lot by the right as any gun votes approach.