2016 will go down as one of the bloodiest years in Chicago’s history. Despite having some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, the number of Chicago murders is more than New York City and Los Angeles combined.
At least 780 Chicago murders were recorded in 2016, but even that number is in question. A debate rages as to how many Chicago murders there actually were. Chicago police put the number at 762, while the Chicago Sun-Times puts the number at 780. That is likely because police classify some deaths differently. Some may be classified by police as possible accidents while investigations are ongoing.
CBS News reports that the number of Chicago murders in 2016 is the most in about two decades. It also surpasses the combined total of murders in America’s two largest cities, New York City and Los Angeles. The percentage jump in murders is the largest in 60 years.
The nation’s third largest city also saw 1,100 more shooting incidents in 2016 than it did in 2015, according to data released Sunday by the Chicago Police Department. New York, the nation’s largest city, logged 334 homicides in 2016, according to the New York Daily News, while the country’s second-largest city, Los Angeles, saw 294, reports the LA Times.
Chicago politicians, however, still insist gun control laws are the answer. They refuse to see that illegal guns bypass the issue. CBS News details.
Police and city officials have lamented the flood of illegal guns into the city, and the crime statistics appeared to support their claims: Police recovered 8,300 illegal guns in 2016, a 20 percent increase from the previous year.
It is obvious gun control laws haven’t worked in Chicago so far. With so many residents essentially sitting ducks, allowing innocent citizens to arm themselves is not even considered by Chicago liberals.
The Sun-Times reports that the violence in Chicago can be traced to certain neighborhoods. In those neighborhoods, those involved usually already had a history of crime and violence. Those individuals also took out their anger on police, as attacks on cops were up as well.
Last year, five police districts on the South and West sides accounted for the 65 percent increase in murders, according to a statement from CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. There were at least 780 homicides in the city last year, according to Chicago Sun-Times records.
The majority of violence was not random, as more than 80 percent of shooting victims were identified by police as likely to be involved in gun violence, he said. Attacks on officers also nearly doubled last year, which Guglielmi said falls in line with statistics from the rest of the country.
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