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CHIRAQ: Chicago Experiences a Wave of Shootings this Past Weekend

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With the warm weather back, cold-blooded shootings are also surging in Chicago.

ZeroHedge reports that the weekend of April 6-7 were host to a string of shootings.

Twenty four people were shot in 24 hours, which included three adults and three children, who died from gunshot-related injuries according to a report from the Chicago Police Department.

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Police attribute the warmer weather to the surge in violent crime.

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During the weekend of shootings, Chicago police investigated numerous homicides and a mass shooting of six people in West Englewood.
Residents of Chicago can take some solace as shootings in the Windy City have dropped by 20% below their 2018 rate so far in 2019. On top of that, these numbers were well below the record-breaking year of 2018, which had roughly twice the number of people shot through April 8.

Curiously, Chicago features very stringent gun control laws and questionable policing practices. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Cook County even got rid of its gang database earlier this year “because it was unable to build a robust intelligence-sharing operation with all of the police jurisdictions in the county”.

In general, the state of Illinois is one of the most anti-gun states in the country with Guns & Ammo magazine placing it in 41st place according to its 2018 rankings.

Illinois was one of the states that responded swiftly after the Parkland shooting in 2018, when it passed 72 hour waiting periods for all firearms purchases and red flag gun confiscation laws.

However, rural Illinois wants to avoid the same fate as its urban counterpart in Chicago. BLP reported in February on several rural counties passing gun control nullification ordinances in complete defiance of Illinois’s pro-gun control legislature.

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Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years

A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.

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Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.

This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.

Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.

MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.

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This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:

  • The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
  • Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
  • Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
  • An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
  • A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
  • Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)

Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.

As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.

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