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Dick Durbin Tells Republicans to 'Act' and Fix Chicago's Gun Violence

Chicago has been riddled by shootings for far too long. By the end of this past July, Chicago had recorded more than 300 murders – more than any other U.S. city. Much of the violence is tied to gangs.

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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who shared a news report about a teenager who was shot and killed in Chicago last week, said the blame lies with Republicans, and they need to "act" to fix it. Presumably, he was talking about gun control.

Just as soon as Durbin blamed the GOP for the slaughter, some social media users pointed out a fact that the senator overlooked.

Some question the narrative that Chicago's gun laws explain the violence, noting that the Windy City does not have the strictest gun laws in the country.

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Still, the liberal leadership in Chicago has done little to curb the carnage. Last month, protesters marched and demanded Mayor Rahm Emanuel's resignation because of his inaction on both the violence and the poverty that is destroying too many neighborhoods. The activists got a partial win last week, when the mayor announced he's not seeking re-election.

The status quo isn't working, so some Chicagoans are offering their own solutions.

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