This was not a ‘typical Chicago’ shooting; this was a ‘typical American’ shooting.


Another day; another shooting

July 4, 2022 will not be remembered as the 246th “birthday” of America. It will be remembered as the day of another mass shooting in America, this time in Highland Park, IL.

As of this writing, six people are dead, 24 more are in the hospital in serious to critical condition.

The shooter, still on the loose, took people out during a Fourth of July parade with a “high-powered” rifle from his perch on a rooftop.

There is more to come. The shooter will be somehow captured or killed. His motivation for the carnage will eventually be revealed.

But the trauma of the people attending the parade, people who came out on a beautiful summer morning to celebrate Independence Day, will not go away. Those people, children and adults both, will now forever associate July 4th not with the birth of the nation, but with the horror of Central Street in Highland Park.

In their cynical attempt to change the subject, to establish “false equivalencies,” it has become common for opponents of gun control to point to the “blue” city of Chicago as the epicenter of gun violence. “Why,” they maintain, “are you trying to take guns away from good, law-abiding gun owners, when you can’t control the gun violence perpetrated by the ‘hoodlums’ in your own ‘lefty’ city?”

A woman who attended the parade and who escaped with dozens of other potential victims by running away from the scene as fast as she could, was interviewed by one of the news organizations. Her name is Kristin Carlson and here’s what she said.

“This was not a typical Chicago shooting. This was a typical American shooting.”

Let that sink in on this July 4th.

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

8 thoughts on “This was not a ‘typical Chicago’ shooting; this was a ‘typical American’ shooting.

  1. Now that I read your Around the Block of yesterday and today, I do not seem to have any desire to celebrate our country. What a depressing state of affairs not only for us but our children and grandchildren. And I can’t even find a good comedy on TV to watch tonight!!!

    Thanks, Ted 😦

    But do wish you and Sharon a happy (?) holiday!!

    Love Sue



    1. My only suggestion…if you haven’t, binged the latest season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” do so. And even if you’ve watched all the episodes, watch them again. Larry David’s perverse humor will snap you out of your depression…guaranteed!


    1. Your “no comment” is comment enough. And speaking about enough…when is enough, enough. The worst country in the world is getting worse at an ever increasing pace. The real question is, what to do?


  2. Aside from all the money they get donated, what exactly do the Repuglygarbagecans get from selling their humanity for profit. The fact they can live with their tolerance of acts such as this says they are not fit to govern anyone, since they cannot even govern themselves.
    How can any of us call ourselves human when we allow such cruelty and stupidity to exist in our world?


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