2016 Saw Highest Homicide Rate in Chicago in 20 Years

Chicago is known for two things: it’s being the gun control capital of the U.S., and it’s being the so-called “gun violence” capital.

Gun control proponents acknowledge the city’s violent and murderous characteristic, but they won’t attribute that to gun control. Their solution is to enact more strict gun control measures, supposedly to make it more difficult for criminals to access them. They’ll point to surrounding areas and surrounding states with more “lax” gun laws that allow criminals to buy guns legally and then traffic them in to Chicago.

The problem is – as many 2nd Amendment advocates would point out – is that the only people who have to deal with all the gun control measures are the good people. The bad people continue being criminals. They don’t care about the laws, no matter how strict they are, and no matter what the penalties are. That’s what makes them criminals. The Chicago Tribune reported that 2016 ended with the highest number of homicides in 20 years:

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The last homicide in 2016 came before 1 p.m. Saturday when a 24-year-old, whose name has not been released, was killed in South Austin in a possible road rage act that may have been retaliation for hitting another driver’s Mercedes. According to data from the Chicago Police Department, his death became the 762nd homicide for the year – the most since 1996, when there were 796.

Data kept by the Chicago Tribune tallied at least 781 homicides for the year; the Police Department statistics do not include killings on area expressways, police-involved shootings, other homicides in which a person was killed in self-defense or death investigations.

Chicago Police Department’s chief Eddie Johnson said at a press conference at the beginning of the year that much of the violence is due to “repeat gun offenders”:

“In many instances, the individuals who chose to pull the trigger are repeat gun offenders emboldened by the national climate against law enforcement and willing to test the limits of our criminal justice system.… These emboldened criminals are responsible for destroying families and communities as well as dozens of attacks on Chicago police officers in 2016.”

Much of the homicides in Chicago are due to violence among rival gang members. But isn’t that more reason to make sure innocent people in the city are well-protected?

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