CHICAGO, Ill. – It’s no secret that this past weekend was one of the deadliest our country has seen in a while, with multiple gunmen opening fire in public settings, claiming the lives of innocent Americans.

But while everyone is paying attention to these mass shootings and the increasing debate over how to properly deal with them, Chicago’s crime rate is continuing to skyrocket when it comes to firearms.

So far in 2019, more than 1,500 people have been reported shot in the Illinois city.

Today is no different. On Sunday, Chicago authorities reported that seven people had been shot in two separate incidents. The Chicago Sun Times reported that just before 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, a suspect inside a black Chevy Camaro opened fire near a playground in the west side of the city. 

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Chicago crime scene. (Screenshot Fox News broadcast)

 

Fox published that three women, ages 19, 22 and 25, were transported to the hospital, where their conditions were stabilized, the news outlet reported. One man, 20, was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition, while another man, 21, was taken to the hospital but was in critical condition. Two other victims reportedly drove themselves to the medical center.

Then, in a separate incident, one person was killed an another four were wounded in Lawndale, but police have not provided much information about the act of violence.

 

Since everyone is calling for strict gun legislation following the vicious public attacks this weekend, let’s take a closer look at a city that has arguably some of the strictest gun laws in the country.

They’re not doing so hot.

As of July 28, the Chicago Tribune noted that 1,517 people had been shot. Add up those recent numbers from the past few days and the numbers continue to climb.

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Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws… but some of the highest rates of gun crime. (Photo courtesy Antoinette Alcazar)

 

Reports said that just this weekend alone, more than three were dead and nearly 40 more were wounded by gunfire. 

Back in June, Chicago experienced its bloodiest weekend of the year… so far.

Reports compiled from that weekend show a staggering 50 people shot, with 10 of those shootings becoming fatalities, according to Chicago Police.

The Chicago Tribune published a piece about the spring of violence. That followed Memorial Day Weekend, which boasted another 43 reported shootings. Targeted patrols worked together to try and pull illegal guns off the street. 

“Those efforts resulted in 19 arrests on gun-related charges and 81 illegal weapons seized since Friday evening,” Anthony Guglielmi said back in June. “Several people of interest are also being questioned in relation to some of our incidents and detectives have good video leads in others.”

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Officials say that most of the gun violence stems from gang activity and retaliations.

So what the hell is actually going on in Chicago?

Strict gun laws are in place. So shouldn’t we see the trend of criminal violence and shootings go down?

Apparently it doesn’t work like that. (Someone should tell our elected leaders.)

They age to purchase a firearm is 21. The state requires gun owners to obtain licenses and face background checks as well as imposing waiting periods on firearms purchases. Judges can take guns away from owners who are deemed to be a threat to themselves or others. And recent legislation aims to begin a fingerprinting database of all gun owners in the state.

The problem seems to be (both in Chicago and around the country)… that legal gun owners are not the ones causing the issues.

 

AP News reported that from 2013 to 2016, almost 7,000 illegal guns were recovered each year in Chicago, according to the city’s Gun Trace Report . In 2017, the total was 7,932, according to the Chicago police. As of Dec. 6, the total for 2018 was 8,309, and police say that could surpass 10,000 by year’s end.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot / Chicago PD (Wikipedia)

 

So why do some politicians harp on the need for gun control over high profile cases yet completely overlook the epidemic of violence that’s taking over our cities?

Why are stories like the shooting deaths of two moms who were protesting gun violence completely ignored by the mainstream media?

A lot of people are asking those very same questions.

 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently said that people in her city were, “forced” to commit criminal acts in order to survive. For some, this apparently means using illegally owned firearms to commit acts of violence.

How can she justify that?

The new mayor faced intense backlash after her comments and apologized for her statement. But she’s also not leading the forefront in mending the relationship between police and the community at large.

Recently she even referred to the president of the local police union as a ‘clown’.

So after another weekend of tragedy has come about from evil people bent on enacting harm… what will be the public’s response? Will we aim to crack down on legal gun ownership? Or instead will we work together to try and find the greater cause behind the ‘why’?

 

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