Gun Violence in Chicago Continues – Record Pace Already in 2013

Not even a month into 2013 and already more than 570 illegal guns have been removed from Chicago’s streets. The Calumet and Englewood districts are so far tied for the most guns recovered Citywide.  “Gun violence remains one of our toughest problems, with the overwhelming majority of homicides tracing back to these deadly weapons,” said First Deputy Superintendent Alfonza Wysinger at a recent press conference. Lawmakers are still calling for stricter gun-control legislation including a ban on assault weapons and clips, comprehensive background checks on all purchases, and requiring people to report lost or stolen guns.  Despite having some of the strictest gun laws in the country, Chicago Police seized more than 7,400 guns – including more than 300 assault weapons – in 2012.

Chicago’s homicide rate hasn’t slowed down much either, with 33 gunshot deaths already on record for 2013 – a handful of them teenagers. This past Saturday, 6 people were killed by gunshot, including a 16-year-old boy who was on his way to the store to run an errand. Another shooting victim, 34-year-old Ronnie Chambers, made headlines this week when his mother announced that Ronnie was her fourth child lost to gun violence. “Right now, I’m totally lost because Ronnie was my only surviving son,” Shirley Chambers said.