New reports reveal a deadly wave of gun violence in Chicago. A 15-year old boy, a young mother, and even a four-year-old girl sitting on her porch have all been shot dead.
These are just a few of the nearly 40 people who were gunned down in Chicago over a mere three-day period this week.
This level of violence is usually not seen until the middle of summer in Chicago, but as temperatures reached into the 80’s this week criminals were drawn into the streets.
On Monday, one person was shot dead and nine others were wounded. A day later, 12 people were hit by gunfire in a 12-hour period.
However, Wednesday was the worst of all with at least 14 people shot in just nine-hours. This included a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head while riding the bus home from school.
A women is overcome with emotion upon learning that her two grandsons were found fatally shot in the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago. (Photo/Chris Sweda/AP)
Chicago police say most of the violence is drug related and involve gang members spraying bullets from their cars in drive-by attacks.
“The violence that you’ve seen in the last 24-hours over here is directly resulted from three different factions of the same gang,” explained Eddie Johnson, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. “I won’t name because I won’t let those names come out of my mouth, but suffice to say we have an idea of who’s driving the violence.”
In 2017 alone, the city saw more than 2,300 shootings resulting in 650 deaths, eclipsing the number of killings in New York and Los Angeles combined.
Those who think gun control is the solution may want to think again.
Chicago — the hometown of former President Barrack Obama — has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.
The city’s current crisis could prove that taking away Second Amendment rights may not bring an end to gun violence.
In Chicago’s case, restrictions on firearms have been met only with a wave of senseless crime — meaning an increase in innocent unarmed people being robbed of their lives.
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