Illinois, and more specifically Chicago, remain poster examples of how gun control doesn’t work. A haven for restrictive gun control laws, the Windy City continues to compete for murder capital of the world again and again. Case in point: Chicago just recorded its highest death toll over Memorial Day Weekend in five years.
Chicago Death Toll Climbs Over Memorial Day Weekend
In reports that sound more like Afghanistan war numbers, Chicago experienced 10 people killed, another 38 wounded this past weekend, according to chicago.suntimes.com. The last time deaths exceeded this year, you have to go back to 2015 when 12 people were killed.
The unofficial start to summer across the country, Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago saw multiple murders. Mostly male, the dead ranged in age from 16 to 52, according to chicago.suntimes.com.
Unfortunately, whatever reporting you see nationally will most likely center on guns. It will go reported as “gun violence,” that made-up categorization that take the onus of responsibility off communities, instead placing it on an inanimate object. Instead of looking within, people continue to blame from without.
The reporting fails to center on the crime. Let’s be honest, most gun deaths in big cities come at the hands of criminals. Instead of focusing on gang violence, armed robbery, murder or felonious assault, communities like Chicago continue to blame the gun.
Meanwhile, a pair of 15-year-olds on Chicago’s South Side both received gunshot wounds over the weekend. And the before-mentioned 16-year-old, identified as Darnell Fisher, took a fatal round to the chest, according to chicago.suntimes.com.
For the record, gun control doesn’t work in Chicago. Gun control doesn’t work anywhere. Let’s hope someday the opposition will finally see gun control for what it is, a restriction against law-abiding people. Let’s hope gun control zealots finally see those restrictions for the shackles they are, prohibitions against safety of self and loved ones. If not after the Memorial Day murders, then when?
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