You can pretty much guarantee none of the weapons used were legally owned, so of course we need more gun control, or something. Maybe instead of a symbolic empty chair at Obama’s final State of the Union we should have an entire empty section to highlight his abominable failures as both community organizer and president.
Seven people were shot to death and 30 more were wounded across Chicago over the weekend, raising the number of shootings in the city to more than 100 in just over a week into the new year, according to police.
The fatal shootings included two teens killed by a store clerk during a robbery in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, and one of three people shot at a party four blocks from Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s home.
As of Monday morning, at least 19 people have been killed in gun violence in Chicago this year and at least 101 more have been wounded, according to data compiled by the Tribune. This time last year, nine people had been killed and another 31 wounded, according to statistics kept by the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi released a statement blaming most of the violence on “chronic gang conflicts.”
“Every year Chicago Police recover more illegal guns than officers in any other city, and as more and more illegal guns continue to find their way into our neighborhoods it is clear we need stronger state and federal gun laws,” Guglielmi said in the statement. “So far this year, the majority of the gun violence we’ve seen are a result of chronic gang conflicts driven in part by social media commentary and petty disputes among rival factions. Despite an overall lack of cooperation from gang members, detectives are working aggressively and making optimistic progress in several cases.”
Gangs? Petty disputes? Social media? Hey, maybe we should ban gangs from using social media? Seems more logical than disarming law-abiding gun owners.
From Friday afternoon through early Saturday, four people were killed and 12 others were wounded, including the three shot near the mayor’s home.
Oddly, the story doesn’t mention the NRA. But can we blame, um, Indiana?
The Mayor has lost totally control of Chicago, over 100 people shot in Chicago in first 10 days of 2016. Emanuel its time for you to Go!
— mel reynolds (@melreynoldsU) January 12, 2016
We have no use for Emanuel, but does anyone in their right mind think things will improve when he leaves?
Meanwhile, the carnage continued Monday night.
A man was found shot to death in the Austin neighborhood and five others were wounded in shootings on the South Side, according to authorities.
The man killed, 21, was found face-down with gunshot wounds by officers responding to a call of a person shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Someone had shot him in the chest and abdomen, police said.
Someone shot a 23-year-old man in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood about 1:25 a.m., according to police. He was sitting in a parked car and talking with his girlfriend when there was an argument outside and he heard gunfire. The man was shot in the arm and back and grazed in the ear, police said. He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston where his condition was stabilized.
Three people were shot in the Wentworth Gardens neighborhood Monday night, police said. The three were in the 3800 block of South Wells Street when they were shot just before 9 p.m., said Officer Michelle Tannehill, a Chicago police spokeswoman. The closest actual street address is the 3800 block of South Princeton Avenue, according to multiple maps of the area. Two suffered graze wounds and one was shot in the leg, Tannehill said, citing preliminary information that did not include hospitalization information or a description of what happened.