"Chicago went for more than six days without a fatal shooting for the first time since at least January 2013. Most recently, a person was found shot to death on Saturday afternoon in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side." Sun-Times
Everyone knows about the horrific murder rate in Chicago, from simply being aware of the terrible numbers themselves (747 murders in 2016) to President Trump talking about it pretty frequently in his speeches and whatnot. The Chicago murder epidemic is sad for a million reasons. Obviously, the actual deaths and those affected by them are by far the most horrible part. Following that, the sadness goes on and on: that the numbers are only increasing with time, suggesting nothing we've tried helps at all. That the majority of people, myself included, do or can do nothing about it. That it's a decades-long staple of the Chicago identity. That the issue is used for political fuel to fight about in campaigns, even though once again the issue is only getting worse and those political efforts are worthless, if they even occur at all. The terrible list sadly goes on and on. Perhaps craziest of all is that it's all such a normal thing. There were 3550 shooting incidents in Chicago last year. People get used to it and that's truly insane.
Considering all this, this is simply the saddest headline ever. For one, it's not even a full week. In cartoons when they show the "days without an accident" poster never going in the double digits, it's sad comedic relief. But this is real life. It's really been that short of a timespan since the last fatal shooting. Second, this streak or whatever you want to label it only goes back to 2013. Four years is hardly significant when we're talking about constant murder. Third, and worst of all, is pointing out this streak as a headline. I don't think the point is to say this streak is an accomplishment, but still, considering the epidemic is quite unfortunately quite ongoing, why even track a lapse? Until the headline is about a significant or, better yet, complete solution and result, it's not necessary to make news about it at all.
So, for now, this is just the saddest headline ever.