Gun Control: See How Chicago’s Current Homicide Rate Compares With 1 Year Ago…It Might Shock You-80kh.,b12-2
Chicago’s current homicide rate is quite different compared with where it was this time last year. In fact, there are just over twice as many homicides in the Windy City now, compared with one year ago. Chicago’s high homicide rate – coupled with its having some of the strictest gun control laws in the county – are reasons that the city is often cited by gun control opponents as the prime example of where gun control leads.
Chicago’s high homicide rate is due in part to its prevalence of rival gangs, particularly in the South Side of Chicago, as well as neighborhoods such as Englewood – which is right next to the South Side – and Austin on the West Side.
The Chicago Tribune reports on the city’s increasing homicide rate: Four homicides over the weekend and two more Monday morning pushed Chicago’s homicide count so far this year to double the same period last year.
The city has recorded at least 95 homicides since the first of the year, compared to 47 last year, according to data kept by the Tribune. The city has also more than doubled the amount of people shot – about 420 this year compared to 193 last year.
In addition to those homicides, the Tribune reported that there were a total of 32 people shot in Chicago over the weekend alone, including a three-year-old boy in Englewood, who police say was shot by a stray bullet during a gang fight. The Tribune concluded:
The weekend toll includes one person killed and nine wounded from Friday evening to Saturday morning; three men killed and 14 people wounded from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning; and six people wounded from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning.
:“Every year Chicago Police recover more illegal guns than officers in any other city, and as more and more illegal guns continue to find their way into our neighborhoods, it is clear we need stronger state and federal gun laws.” What’s abundantly clear is that criminals will not obey laws. As much as that is stating the obvious, it doesn’t seem to be something that is understood by many politicians. Those who favor strict gun control see the cause of Chicago’s high homicide rate as “lax gun laws” in neighboring states such as Indiana.
source-constitution, philip hodges, chicago tribune, anthony guglielmi