The latest tragic victim of Chicago’s third-world crime surge is a young Computer Science major at the University of Chicago. His name was Max Lewis, and he had his whole life ahead of him until a stray bullet barreled through his neck while he was riding Chicago Metro’s Green Line, just blocks from former President Obama’s Hyde Park Home. From the Daily Mail:
A 20-year-old University of Chicago student was killed by a stray bullet while riding in a subway train on his way home from his prestigious summer internship at an investment firm in a downtown neighborhood.
Max Lewis, a rising junior at the university, was seated on a CTA Green Line train at around 6.30pm on July 1 when the bullet flew through a window and struck him in the back of the neck.
According to the description of a GoFundMe campaign, the train was stopped at the 51st Street/Washington Park station at the time of the shooting.
Lewis was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was taken off life support on the Fourth of July.
Chicago has already seen nearly 400 murders in 2021. There were 20 Windy City murders over the Fourth of July weekend alone, and that’s not even counting the killing of Lewis, who was shot on Thursday.
Remarkably, Lewis isn’t even the first UChicago student to be murdered this year. In January, spree killer Jason Nightengale murdered Ph.D student Yiran Fan along with four others in a spree that stretched from the South Side up to Evanston.
Two murdered students in a span of six months. With 17,000 total students, UChicago’s annualized murder rate over the past 6 months is more than 23 per 100,000. Put another way, if UChicago students were a country, their 2021 murder rate would be higher than Guatemala.
But Max Lewis is more than just the latest body heaped onto the sacrificial altar to Chicago’s failed and corrupt leadership and suicidal policies on crime. To Black Lives Matter radicals, Lewis may have been a “privileged” student at the University of Chicago, one of the most prestigious and expensive universities in the nation, with tuition alone nearly $60,000 dollars per annum (not including room and board), but in today’s Chicago, and increasingly in today’s America, there are only a handful of protected ultra-elites shielded from extreme ultraviolence, and then there is everyone else.
Rahm Emanuel sent his children to UChicago’s affiliated K-12 private school with a police escort in both directions. Mayor Lightfoot (herself a UChicago alumnus) keeps her house surrounded by more than a hundred police officers. Barack Obama’s Hyde Park home is perpetually protected by a lifelong Secret Service detail. The megarich and megaconnected will always be able to buy their own safety. But the middle and even upper-middle-classes, who rely on sane policy and effective policing to keep themselves safe, are increasingly left to their own devices.
Corruption and liberal ideology come first. Safety, security, and civilization come second.
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