"The city has seen its 500th homicide for 2012, a tragic number that is reflective of the gang violence and proliferation of illegal guns that have plagued some of our neighborhoods," police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement.
So why hasn't this story sparked a "national dialogue" like the one in Newtown, where 20 children were gunned down by a mentally unstable young man?
Why do we turn a blind eye when the victims are young black men killed by other young black men?
Do we think it's not our place even to discuss it?
500 -- in one year -- in Chicago alone. And I'll bet few of you have even heard about it.