While I no longer pontificate regularly on Donald Trump these days–even as I wish him well–I want to applaud him for convening a meeting this week about the horrific shooting epidemic in Chicago, where nearly 800 people were murdered last year, and 5,000 in all were shot.

Trump has very little to gain from this overture, as Illinois, regrettably, is an indelibly blue state (and its people are paying the consequences of this sad fact), but at least he cares enough to explore some possible solutions.

I don’t know what, if anything, will come from it, but a meeting discussing the problem is more than Barack Obama, who hails from the Windy City, ever did in his eight years as president.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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