Congressman Danny Davis grandson was recently killed over gym shoes by two local teens during a home invasion November 18th. Javon Wilson, 15 of Englewood was shot by a 16-year-old, who was accompanied by a 17-year-old female. The two teen were being charged as adults and are also held being held without bond, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
“I have spoken to Republicans, Democrats, blacks and whites since my grandson was killed and nobody wants to see the gun violence that we are experiencing here in Chicago, but our legislators are unwilling to do what needs to be done. The Supreme Court says that it is alright to carry a concealed weapon. I disagree with that,” Davis said.
Davis stated that he believes that a lot of the killings in Chicago are due to anger management and mental health issues that have spiraled out of control. “I think everybody has some idea of how to solve gun violence, but I think we need to make use of folks like Dr. Carl Bell (a Chicago psychiatrist) and others who understand behavior and mental health. People nowadays seem to be angry and are easy to be disturbed. There have been 700 killings this year before my grandson was shot. He became 701. There have been other people who have been shot and killed after him, so what do we do?”
Davis stated that today’s youth need proper guidance and strong parenting skills. “Rather than being in a position to create and help, they (youth) are more in a position to get help (to keep them out of trouble). So that’s a real problem. …Today’s children grow up without the proper parenting skills that they need.”
Recently Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) issued a statement after the murder of Javon Wilson. She said, “I am saddened to learn of the tragic, senseless killing of Jovan Wilson—the young grandson of my friend and colleague Danny Davis—in Chicago. My condolences go out to Congressman Davis and all of Jovan’s friends, family and loved ones. Similar tragedies are far too commonplace in our communities and we must do much, much more to end this sort of needless gun violence.”
Davis cited statistics and the high level of joblessness that has become an economic crisis among young men living in Chicago.
“There are lots of young, black male unemployment here in the city. For example, the University of Illinois did a study showing that almost 50% of all the African-American males in Chicago between the ages of 18-24 are unemployed. They don’t have a job and are not involved in any kind of training activity programs. They don’t go to school, so they are basically doing nothing. They become liabilities in our societies, rather than assets,” Davis said.