The people in the neighborhoods savaged by the gang wars are waiting on the legislative Black Caucus, a group of lawmakers who represent many of those neighborhoods, to get to work and do something.

Yet even as the bodies pile up, the Black Caucus doesn’t seem to feel any urgency. And their constituents should know this.

A few years ago, the caucus killed mandatory minimum sentencing legislation that could have kept gun violators in prison for many years, rather than let them walk to shoot again.