charges could be announced soon in the shooting death of an Illinois congressman's grandson following an
argument over a pair of basketball shoes.
Officials say two juveniles are in custody and are being considered suspects in the murder of Javon Wilson, after he was shot in the head in his
home on Friday.
"The detectives are continuing their interrogations and charges are expected," Officer Michelle Tannehill said on Saturday night.
Police announced earlier that the shooting occurred after a dispute over basketball shoes.
The 15-year-old boy is the grandson of longtime U.S. Rep. Danny Davis.
As is all too often the case, the blame is on the "prevalence" of guns. Representative Davis said in the aftermath:
"It's almost, just the way it is. People think nothing of it,"
said. "Youngsters invariably say, 'I know a lot of guys who've got guns. I
know a lot of girls who've got guns.”
"The question becomes where does a 15-year-old obtain a gun? Who let the 15-year-old have a gun and under what circumstances?"
"There's no answer for that except that the availability of guns is so
prevalent in Davis
to the point where you almost can't tell who has a gun" anymore. America
The thing is, guns have always been prevalent in America. I grew up with ready access to firearms my entire life. I was on occasion angry with other people as a kid and teen but it never, ever occurred to me that it would be a sensible to get one of my dad's guns and shoot someone over a squabble or slight. My kids live in a home with guns and never would even consider shooting someone. Millions of people grew up like I did, in homes where guns were present but where guns were also taught to be something you didn't play around with. So something else must be at play here.
The answer might have something to do with a culture that deems a slight or insult, no matter whether real or perceived, is something that is properly responded to with violence and deadly violence at that. There must be some reason why millions of Americans with ready access to guns never point a gun at someone else and so many others pull the trigger.
I cannot imagine the anguish of Representative Davis in losing a grandchild and I grieve for he and his family but with all sincerity he and others need to ask the harder questions instead of casting blame on firearms. Restrictive gun laws have done nothing to curb violence in places like Chicago and Baltimore so it is high time that people entrusted with the public safety figure out what is wrong, even if those questions and answers don't serve a political purpose.