So what's left to do, if policing is banned and morals are rejected?

After one particularly violent weekend earlier this month when more than 70 people were shot, Emanuel deflected questions about police staffing and strategy. Instead, he ignited a firestorm when he said there needs to be a politically incorrect conversation about character and values.

“This may not be politically correct,” he said, “but I know the power of what faith and family can do. … Our kids need that structure. … I am asking … that we also don’t shy away from a full discussion about the importance of family and faith helping to develop and nurture character, self-respect, a value system and a moral compass that allows kids to know good from bad and right from wrong.”

He added: “If we’re going to solve this … we’ve got to have a real discussion. … Parts of the conversation cannot be off-limits because it’s not politically comfortable. … We are going to discuss issues that have been taboo in years past because they are part of the solution. … We also have a responsibility to help nurture character. It plays a role. Our kids need that moral structure in their lives. And we cannot be scared to have this conversation.”

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Critics quickly called him out for what they dubbed tone-deaf comments, in which he seemed to be blaming the victims.

Those "victims" are gang members (and unfortunates in the way of those shooters' poor aim — rather than impose totally worthless gun control laws, the city should offer free weapons training). If black Chicagoans want to save their young men, they might want to reconsider their "Black Lives Matter" campaign — it wasn't cops that shot 70 of them in a single weekend — and pass out copies of Denzel Washington's movie, "The Equalizer", where, paraphrasing, he tells a young hood, "I don't care whether your mother was a crack whore, your papa was a pimp, what you have is choice". A renewal of moral teaching might help.