Even if you are a die-hard anti-gunner, Chicago’s strict gun laws and uptick in gun violence have to make you question the effectiveness of gun control laws. But if you are a common sense thinking pro gun supporter, stories like this are really not shocking.
Criminals break laws. That’s what makes them criminals. And disarming law abiding citizens does nothing to stop those criminals from getting their hands on guns and using them to hurt people. So the worse thing you can do is what Chicago has attempted to do….. make it nearly impossible for law abiding Chicago residents to protect themselves from these crooks.a
According to the Chicago Tribune, at least 11 people were injured by gunfire in Chicago since Saturday night.
Three of the injured were shot about 2:25 a.m. in the 6100 block of South Normal Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.
In the most recent shooting, a 25-year-old man was shot by an acquaintance who had driven him to a party about 4:30 a.m. in the Hegewisch area, said Police News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney.
The man was driven to the 13600 block of South Brainard Avenue by an acquaintance and when they arrived, the man offered to give the acquaintance money for the ride, Sweeney said. The driver instead took out a gun and demanded all the man’s money, and when he handed it over, shot him in the left arm.
The article in the Tribune does not go into detail about each shooting, but sums up the other shootings in the city under the headline “in other shootings:”
• Two women were shot while sitting in a vehicle in the 11800 block of South Parnell Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side, Gaines said. About 3:55 a.m. a van pulled alongside the women’s vehicle and someone inside started shooting, according to police.
One of the women, 36, was struck in the side and taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The other woman, 33, was shot in the arm and taken in good condition to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island.
• A 23-year-old man was shot in the arm about 1:05 a.m. in the 700 block of North Green Street in the River West neighborhood on the Near West Side, News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic said. Someone drove the man to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.
After leaving the hospital, the 24-year-old driver returned to the area where the shooting happened. About 1:30 a.m., the driver was himself shot in the elbow in the 900 block of West Chicago Avenue in the Goose Island neighborhood, police said. The driver then apparently drove himself back to Northwestern, where he was treated and released, police said.
• About 3:20 a.m. a 30-year-old man was shot while sitting inside a vehicle in the 2900 block of West Cortland Street in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Someone in a gold-colored car fired shots from behind, striking the man in the hand, police said. He was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where his condition was stabilized.
• About 10:25 p.m., two women were shot in the 600 block of West 124th Street in West Pullman, News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said. The women, who are 24 and 28 years old, were sitting in a vehicle when they heard gunfire and realized they were shot, Gaines said. The 24-year-old was struck in the knee, and the 28-year-old was struck in the foot, Gaines said. Both were listed in good condition at Roseland Community Hospital.
Meanwhile law abiding citizens have to go through boat loads of paper work and red tape just for the privilege of owning a firearm. With some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country, this has to be unsettling news for anti-gun activists trying to push for more gun control. In reality it’s just more proof that all this gun control legislation is about control, not guns.
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