Chicago is not only President Obama’s old stomping grounds, but it’s also constantly used by gun control supporters as an example of gun control laws stopping gun violence.
The only problem is that the strictest gun laws in the country have not stopped gun violence. In fact, an argument can be made that they have made it worse, as more law abiding citizens are discouraged from owning firearms.
And on the very day that President Obama gave his speech calling for more “gun safety” regulations (which is code for more gun control laws) 12 people were shot in the gun control haven of Chicago.
In his tear-filled speech Obama admitted that his hometown had issues with gun violence, but none of his proposals would actually stop criminals who are breaking the law in the first place to get their guns.
According to kxlf.com,
In the first five days of 2016, police in Chicago say shootings are already up more than 176% — 47 compared with 17 in 2015. Ten of this year’s shootings were homicides.
Illinois has some of the nation’s strictest gun-control laws, and authorities are continuously pulling guns off the streets, but these measures seem to do little to end the violence. How to change what’s happening in Chicago and in other cities around the nation is entirely debatable depending on where you are on gun policy. But the human toll is one thing nobody can ignore.
The article then goes on to detail each of the 12 shootings and in what circumstances they took place. So you should ask yourself if any of the president’s executive order threats would actually have stopped any of the listed shootings or if calls for gun control are more about his own legacy.
A 43-year-old man was shot outside his SUV. He told police he was standing next to his vehicle when someone opened fire. He was shot in the right side of his torso and right arm, and he drove himself to the police station.
An unknown male approached a 26-year-old man, a gang member, and shot him in the abdomen. The shooter then fled. The 26-year-old was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition. Police said they consider the shooting to be gang-related.
An 18-year-old was shot in the left thigh while walking on the sidewalk when a male in a dark SUV opened fire. Police said the victim is a gang member and the shooting is believed to be gang-related. He was taken to the hospital and was in good condition.
Three teenagers were standing on a corner in the Grand Crossing neighborhood when shots were fired from a gray Ford Explorer. Two of the teens were killed and a third wounded. A boy, 16, was shot in the head, a 17-year-old girl was shot in the chest and the other 16-year-old boy was shot in the hand. He was taken to the hospital and was in good condition. Police said both male victims were gang members and believe the shooting is gang-related.
A 20-year-old man was shot in the shoulder. He told police he was sitting in a car when someone on foot shot at the vehicle. The victim took himself to the hospital, where he was listed in good condition.
A male walked up to a 17-year-old gang member and shot him in the chest, police said. He was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
A man, 25, was shot in the Bronzeville neighborhood. He said he was walking on the sidewalk when two men in a black SUV approached and one fired from a vehicle.
A 23-year-old man was shot in the left leg, right foot and buttocks while standing near a parked vehicle. He said a vehicle pulled up and someone opened fire.
A 23-year-old man was killed inside his home when an unknown attacker shot him in the face during a fight.
A man, 25, was shot in the Brighton Park neighborhood when someone in a car opened fire. The man was hit in the abdomen and later died at the hospital.