At least 17 people, including four teenagers, were killed and 41 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and early Monday morning, making it the city’s deadliest weekend of the year. This year’s murder pace is substantially outpacing last year’s shootings and homicides. The victims included twin 17-year-old boys.
There have been at least 638 homicides so far this year, 217 more than this time last year. There have been over 3,662 people shot in the city, 1,106 more than during the same period last year. The youngest person to be killed over the weekend was 14-year-old Demarco Webster Jr.
OUR FREE OPINION
CHICAGO ALREADY HAS STRICT GUN CONTROL LAWS.
People have different theories about why the homicide rate in Chicago is often so high. Some attach the blame to the relaxed gun laws currently in place in Chicago. However, the city has some of the toughest gun laws in the country: Strict gun regulations have not proven to be a successful deterrent to homicidal violence in Chicago, and therefore, more gun control is not the answer.
LENIENT SENTENCING FOR GUN OFFENSES IS NOT A FACTOR THAT LEADS TO MORE KILLINGS.
The reality is that Illinois has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. Indeed, even the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Illinois 8th among the ten states with the strongest gun laws and awarded it a B+ rating in 2015.
On August 23, of this year, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed a gun control bill aimed at reducing the record gun violence currently witnessed in the city of Chicago. The new law targets anyone without a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card who buy guns in states other than Illinois with the intent of bringing them into Illinois — particularly into Chicago — to sell to other individuals on the streets. Doing so is now a “felony that carries a prison sentence of four to 20 years.” The sentence for repeat offenders is 30 years, breitbart.com reports.
CHICAGO HOMICIDES ARE MOSTLY BLACK-ON-BLACK CRIMES.
intellectualtakeout.org took a look at some homicide data from 2011 in Chicago and came up with the following statistics and charts. For this period, there were 433 homicides. Of these, just 128 (29%) had a corresponding prosecution.
83.4% of deaths were from shootings, 6.7% stabbings, and 6.5% assaults. Of the 362 firearm homicides, 351 (97%) were from handguns. 77% of all homicide victims had a prior arrest history. Victims were 90% male.
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