City Official Floats a Real-Life Purge…

Danilo Misic /
Danilo Misic /

We all know crime in Chicago is about as bad as it’s ever been. Apparently, it’s even bad enough that one city official is even pushing for a “Purge”-like scenario.

If you’ve ever seen the “Purge” films, you know it’s basically an all-crimes-allowed for one night, no questions asked, no consequences. If you’ve got a crime in mind, it’s fair game on that night.

Let’s just say a lot of people end up dead.

Well, Tania Atkins of Native Sons, a Chicago group, has a slightly similar plan.

To be sure, she’s not advocating for more crime and for people to go on a rampage. However, she is attempting to say that crimes should be limited to the night hours.

According to CWBChicago, she’d like to see gangs, in particular, stop shooting each other between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. – basically during the daytime.

Per Atkins, not everyone is “mentally or emotionally equipped to solve disputes in a healthy manner.” They can’t “help but harm each other,” “drop their beef,” or part with the gang lifestyle.

So the best she and her group can do is ask that when they commit their crimes, particularly violent ones usually resulting in death, they do it during hours when “children, elderly, and those not involved in high-risk activities are less likely to be affected.”

I know, it has got to be one of the most ridiculous plans you’ve ever heard of.

But apparently, at least one elected city official agrees with Atkins.

Democratic Alderwoman Maria Hadden of Chicago’s 49th Ward even recently pushed for the plan in a recent email newsletter.

To be clear, the plan, called “The People’s Ordinance,” isn’t legislation. So people who shoot each other during the daytime hours won’t be breaking any more laws than before. However, there might be a few extra penalties involved.

Wanna guess how many of those people will actually care about the new ordinance? They are already knowingly breaking laws. I doubt getting an extra fine or two isn’t going to make all that much of a difference…