Following receipt of information requested under the Freedom Of Information Act, the Times discovered that ZIP Code 60624 (which includes West Garfield Park) has, in the last month, “recorded more homicides, robberies, assaults, thefts and narcotics charges combined than any other ZIP Code in Cook County.” In contrast, ZIP Code 60464 has experienced only one homicide in the last 10 years. The difference in demographics explains part of the reason why: West Garfield Park is nearly 96 percent black, whereas Palos Park is overwhelmingly white. Residents in West Garfield Park have an average income just barely above the poverty level, while residents in Palos Park live well, enjoying an average monthly income of more than $10,000.
But perhaps the biggest demographic difference is the number of concealed carry permits in these two neighborhoods. Out of nearly 115,000 total residents in West Garfield Park, fewer than 200 have been issued concealed carry licenses, whereas in Palos Park more than 60 licenses had been issued to fewer than 5,000 residents there. Put another way, there are seven times more permits per capita in Palos Park than there are in West Garfield Park.
FK – The upper classes are also more educated, and many of them fear the lower classes learning what their ‘rights’ are. Once enough of them learn things may change, but not unless they also learn they bear personal responsibility for making things change. When I see working poor people put up with being treated like jackasses by their employees here in rural Kentucky I don’t have much hope for ‘change.’
Those who created the welfare state knew full well the ‘outcomes’ they were hoping for. Inner city blacks and many rural whites are existing in those outcomes now.
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