When your gun-grabbing liberal friends suggest strict gun control is the only way to prevent gun violence, simply point them to the city of Chicago.
The city has some of the strictest gun laws on the books and yet cannot seem to escape gun violence.
As Daily Wire reports, more than 60 people were shot over the weekend. The reason you didn’t hear about it is probably that tragic shootings like these are unfortunately common occurrences in the city.
From the Daily Wire:
Law enforcement officials say that Chicago, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States, experienced a blood-soaked weekend as dozens of people were shot, many fatally.
ABC 7 Chicago reports that from Friday at 5 p.m. through Sunday night at least 63 people were shot, with at least 10 dying from their injuries.
One paramedic reportedly described the streets of Chicago as being “a war zone.”
“We know that some of these incidents were targeted and are related to gang conflicts in those areas,” Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said on Sunday. “They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit.”
Chicago Tribune similarly reported that in less than seven hours, 40 people were shot. Four of those people were killed.
It is not believed that the shooting incidents were linked, but the various gunmen were indiscriminate in where they were targetting people. Some people were shot at a block party, after a funeral, on a front porch, and in other gatherings, the Tribune reports.
The bloody toll comes as tens of thousands of concertgoers converged downtown for Lollapalooza, which drew heightened security and a large police presence following the country’s deadliest mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival last year.
In contrast to the joyous scene downtown, the brunt of the violence early Sunday was felt on the West Side, where 25 people were shot in separate attacks between midnight and 6:50 a.m., according to police figures.
The largest shooting, which injured eight people, happened in the South Side’s Gresham neighborhood as a group, including a 14-year-old girl, was standing in a courtyard just before 12:40 a.m.
The crowd had gathered after attending a funeral repass, said Fred Waller, Chicago policechief of patrol.
Prior to the violent and horrific weekend, law enforcement said they were continuing in an effort to confiscate illegal guns from individuals and gangs which perpetuate violence. More than 5,500 illegal guns have been confiscated on the street so far this year, the Tribune reports.
One paramedic described the weekend violence as “a war zone,” ABC News 7 adds.
“We know that some of these incidents were targeted and are related to gang conflicts in those areas,” said Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller at a press conference Sunday afternoon, ABC News 7 also reports.
Here’s even more:
The most recent shooting took place near the 2600 block of South State Street just before 8 p.m. In that incident, three people were standing in front of a residence when a shooter exited a car and opened fire, according to officials. Two women and one man were hit.
Very early Sunday morning, a pair of shootings in the Lawndale neighborhood left a teen girl killed and nine people wounded.
Police said two gunman got out of a white Impala and shot four people at a block party in the 1600-block of South Avers Avenue at about 12:02 a.m. Later Sunday morning, Jahnae Patterson, 17, was killed and five other people wounded, including an 11-year-old boy in a shooting in the 1300-block of South Millard Avenue.
In a separate incident, police said a group of people, three teens and five adults, were standing in a courtyard in the 1300-block of West 76th Street at about 12:40 a.m. when several people approached on foot and opened fire at the group. The victims range in age from 14-years-old to 35 years-old.
No one is in custody in connection with the shooting.
The horrific string of violence is connected to a larger problem of gang violence and crime in the city, a situation law enforcement is continuing to combat.
“We have such a genocide in our community, it’s driving me absolutely bonkers,” said Pastor Reshorna Fitzpatrick of Stone Temple Baptist Church. “I don’t want to do any marches. I just want people to cooperate and let kids live.”