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Blame weak gun laws for holiday violence, Chicago’s top cop says

Fourth of July Chicago Shootings

(CNN) — Chicago’s police superintendent lashed out at what he called lax state and federal gun laws after a violent Fourth of July weekend that saw 11 deaths in dozens of shooting incidents in a city already known for frequent shootings.

“There’s a greater sanction for the gang members to lose that firearm from their gang than there is to go to jail” for illegal gun possession, Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said after reciting the criminal histories of several of the suspects in this weekend’s violence.

Among the suspects: a man wanted in connection with a murder who has 21 prior arrests.

The incidents include eight times in which police fired guns at suspects or were fired on, McCarthy told reporters. In two of those incidents, police shot and killed the suspects, both of whom were 16.

McCarthy said the violence unraveled a string of successes by police in suppressing gun violence this year. The city saw 24 shooting incidents on Sunday alone, he said, although three of them may have been self-inflicted.

In 2013, 12 people died and 75 were injured during the four-day Independence Day holiday, according to CNN affiliate WLS.

The holiday shootings follow a week in which Chicago had 52 shooting incidents, according to Police Department statistics. This year, as of June 29, Chicago police had recorded 880 shooting incidents, an average of nearly five a day.

McCarthy said police will continue a summer program to flood high-violence areas with police, but he said that without stronger gun laws, police will continue to face an uphill battle.

“There’s too many guns coming in and too little punishment going out,” he said.

6 comments

  • manalishi

    Strongest gun laws in the country aren’t enough again,,,,, Democrats are the problem. Gun laws or the lack thereof did not pull any trigger in chicongo.

    • Clayton Bigsby

      Strict gun laws certainly deter crime. Just look at every news report after a shooting or homocide. Every time one of the charges is possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Murder is highly illegal and that has certainly stopped them from killing people. Good news is they mostly shoot each other.

  • Robbie

    Again, I am not being racist but I ask all of you to read about the speech given by Louis Farrakhan in February 2014. He blame’s everything on white people. White people are not pulling the triggers that are killing African American youths all across this country. When are people going to wake up and see the real problems and start addressing them.

  • Dustin Cavanaugh

    Leave race out of it because it’s not as relevant. Tough gun laws just hurt law abiding citizens. Look at the UK. Banned guns, knife crime grew, now talking about banning large kitchen knives. There is a REASON people in the middle east sometimes throw rocks (it’s all they have sometimes) and the problem is people. Stop using bandaids and use that funding to combat the problem which is gangs not guns. People are forever the issue not inanimate objects.

  • B Addy

    Blame anything but the leigions of black males with the IQ of their shoe size and no father anywhere to be found. Wow. The root of the problem is crystal clear , but it is easier to blame something else.

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