The death toll in gun violence keeps rising in Chicago this year, reaching a staggering total of 750 people killed with a firearm as noted by ABC News. Chicago is also known to have one of the strictest gun laws in America, but after the number of deaths this year, even the Chicago Police Chief seems to think they may want to rethink their gun laws.
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The strict gun laws in Chicago have been criticized by various parties; many citing that they don’t have a positive effect and the murder rate keeps rising. Well, the head of the Chicago Police Department would agree with you. He admitted that more gun laws don’t mean less violence as criminals don’t “play by society’s rules.”
According to ABC News, at least 27 people were shot, 12 of them fatally, over the Christmas weekend. That number is reportedly double the amount that took place last Christmas.
Chicago Police Superintendent, Eddie Johnson, gave a news conference on Monday to address the growing concern of gun violence in the city. Johnson detailed that most of the shootings took place over Christmas weekend between Friday evening and Sunday.
He claimed that the killings over the holiday weekend were “targeted attacks” by gang members going after rival gang members who were gathered for Christmas and holiday parties.
The Chicago Tribune reported also reported that 90 percent of those fatal shootings over the weekend were gun related, or had a criminal history which further cements the notion that stricter gun laws don’t stop gun violence.
The ever growing number of deaths marks the first time in over two decades where 700 or more have died as a result of gun violence.
The police superintendent told WLS-TV, “These gun offenders have repeatedly shown us that they’re not going to play by society’s rules.”
Since they refuse to play by society’s rules, Johnson has purposed a new punishment, stating repeat offenders need to face tougher penalties for the crimes they commit.