Friday, July 5, 2013

Thirty Four People Were Shot In Chicago On July 4

As the country celebrated July 4, Chicago saw another day where gun violence claimed dozens of victims, with six people killed and 28 left wounded. The youngest of those wounded included two boys, ages 5 and 7, who were celebrating the holiday with their families.

Chicago has had a particularly terrible record on gun violence the last couple years. In 2012, it had more gun homicides than New York City despite having one-third the population. And on Father’s Day Weekend this year, another 46 people were shot in one of Chicago’s deadliest 72 hours of 2013.

Despite these numbers, police say Chicago gun violence for the first half of 2013 is at its lowest in nearly 50 years, with about 25 percent fewer shootings and murders compared to the same period in 2012. Even though Chicago is experiencing fewer gun homicides this year, the violence disproportionately costs low-income, minority communities the most: Close to 90 percent of murders and violent crimes occur in low-income areas where mostly black and Latino people live, and nearly half of Chicago homicide victims are under age 25.

Loose gun laws in surrounding areas do not help the matter, since the firearms recovered by police are almost always traced back to other states or parts of Illinois. Now, Illinois is moving to overturn the last concealed carry ban in the country with legislation that Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL) has slammed as being far too permissive for gun-holders.

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