So Rahm, how's that gun control working out for you? The City of Chicago just saw its 436th murder of 2012, surpassing 435 murders from 2011. At this point, that means a total of 871 people murdered with no end in site as Chicago politicians push for more gun control ideas.
“It’s a disappointing milestone,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said on the CBS 2 Morning News. “You can’t manage this and you can’t talk about murder in a positive fashion.”
Over the weekend, six people were killed and 14 wounded.
The city’s 434th homicide of the year happened Sunday night when a man died after he was shot in the chest on the Southwest Side, authorities said.
The 35-year-old man was shot at 7:59 p.m. in the 1300 block of West 13th, police said.
A neighbor, who asked not to be named, said her children under age 7 were home and dropped to the floor when they heard shots.
“It’s scary. The babies are in here watching TV and this happens,” she told the Sun-Times.
While the city had reported there were 433 homicides in 2011, a police official on Sunday said the number of homicides last year has been updated to 435 after two deaths were reclassified.
Lets contrast this situation with the rest of the country. Illinois is the only state in the country that prohibits concealed carry. As the purchase of firearms has risen steadly and as more states have embraced concealed carry, FBI crime stats have gone down.
The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) serves as one of the best indicators of gun sales because it counts each time someone buys a gun. Checks hit an all-time high of 16.5 million last year.
The FBI also said Monday that the number of reported property crimes went down 0.8 percent, the ninth straight year-to-year decline.
The bureau says murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault all went down in 2011.
Violent crime decreased in all four regions: 4.9 percent in the Midwest; 4.7 percent in the West; 4.5 percent in the South and 0.8 percent in the Northeast.
While the rest of country has moved toward allowing the public to protect themselves and their property, leading to overall reduced crime, Illinois has done the opposite and as a consequence, hundreds of people have been victimized.
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