If you believe that, you watch too much TV.
The Chicago Sun-Times is looking back at a particularly bloody weekend in 2008 when 40 people were shot, seven fatally.
So far, not one accused shooter has been convicted of pulling the trigger during those deadly 59 hours from April 18-20 of that year.Refused to testify? Now you might be thinking, "Serves them right if they won't testify." Sometimes indeed, criminals won't testify and it's hard to care too much about them. But other times victims are scared to testify, which is much more troublesome.
Only one suspected triggerman — a convicted armed robber caught with the AK-47 he allegedly used to blow away his boss — is in jail awaiting trial.
Three other victims said they know who shot them but refused to testify.
But here is where it gets interesting. Let's say you do testify: "After Gamble took the witness stand against the guy who he says shot him, a judge ruled Gamble wasn’t credible because of his criminal record and found the suspect not guilty." Ouch.
How many shooting victims don't have a record (answer: almost none)? But if you've got a bad record your testimony isn't credible? Any wonder why people get away with murder?
Last year, according to the Sun-Times, more than 90 percent of Chicago shootings resulted in no charges. With odds like that, you'd have to be a chump not to kill.