Memorial Day weekend proved to be rather violent for the city of Chicago.
According to ZeroHedge, Chicago police responded to 42 people being shot, while seven of them died due to gunshot wounds.
Homicide data compiled by the Chicago Tribune indicates that this violence was slightly above average for 2019.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated that the uptick in crime during the past weekend “is just an unacceptable state of affairs.”
She added “I certainly knew that before, but to see it graphically depicted is quite shocking and says that we’ve got a long way to go as a city. This is not a law enforcement-only challenge. It’s a challenge for all of us in city government. It’s a challenge for us in communities to dig down deeper and ask ourselves what we can do to step up to stem the violence.”
The Chicago Mayor made it clear that gun violence is not a form of conflict resolution. “For those who think it is, we can give them no quarter, they can have no sanctuary in our city. We’ve got to make sure we flood these areas with a lot more resources.”
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced that a new program to put the clamps on illegal gun trafficking had been enacted.
Despite having some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, Chicago remains one of the most violent urban centers in America.
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