Just imagine the carnage if they didn’t have those strict gun control laws on the books.
Statistics may show Chicago’s homicide rate is down to levels not seen since the 1960s, but parts of the city are still a war zone, residents of the South and West sides said after another bloody Fourth of July weekend.
As of 11:45 p.m. Sunday, nine people had been killed and another 53 wounded in gun violence over the holiday weekend, according to Chicago Police. Two more were shot dead by police.
While the boom of fireworks could be heard across the city, in places like West Englewood, South Shore and Austin, the bang of gunshots seemed almost as common.
All those killed were black or Hispanic men age 35 or younger. Two — Shaquille Ross, 18, and Kezon Lamb, 19 — were teenagers.
Just four shootings occurred on the North Side. But in West Englewood alone, one man was killed and eight others were shot.
“I gotta get out of here. In Englewood it’s looking like everybody is gonna be dead,” said Patricia Donald, 17, a recent graduate of Englewood High School whose car was once caught in gang crossfire, and who is moving to Oklahoma to attend college in the Fall.
“It’s just kids shooting at each other,” she said, adding that while shooters may have gang ties, it’s often personal beefs that lead to gunfire.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new playground on the South Side Sunday afternoon, Mayor Rahm Emanuel declined to comment on the violence.
But police spokesman Martin Maloney said that so far this year Chicago has its lowest homicide rate since 1963, adding that “one victim is one too many.”
Considering the level of mayhem bragging about a low homicide rate is rather meaningless. But they just don’t care if they can’t blame the NRA.