Shooting deaths in Chicago are on the rise.
In the month of August, Chicago reached a new record — the deadliest month in recent history. This year, more than 3,000 people have been shot in Chicago so far. And last weekend alone, four men were killed and at least 16 other people were wounded.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has asked Illinois lawmakers to pass legislation to confiscate illegal firearms, and Illinois has passed a new law that puts harsher penalties on gun traffickers. But despite these increased gun control efforts, crime and gun violence continue unabridged.
Gun violence has become an epidemic in Chicago, a city with the strictest gun control laws in the country. Chicago police assert that most of the violence is concentrated in parts of Chicago’s South and West sides, and that gang violence is primarily to blame.
Getting away with murder takes on a whole new meaning in the south side of Chicago. In 2015, the percentage of murders solved by Chicago Police tumbled to a near-record low, and gunmen who shot and wounded people escaped charges well over 90% of the time.
Many of the guns that are implicated are illegal. But Chicago continues to crackdown and slow legal firearm sales. Law-abiding citizens will be forced to endure these new gun control measures, but criminals, by definition, are very unlikely to notice and abide by the changes.
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(H/T: Fox News)