Gun Violence in Chicago

Chicago is recognized as a city of great architecture, world-famous restaurants and exciting attractions, home to talented musicians, athletes and artists. But the place known as the Windy City is also plagued with serious social problems, particularly gun violence. In 2012, there were 443 gun-related murders, outnumbering comparable murders in New York, a city with three times its population. Accredited to economic troubles, gangs and easy accessibility of firearms, the Chi’s gun problem continues to grow, terrorizing residents and often targeting the youth. The urgency of this epidemic caught the attention of President Obama, who visited the city to deliver a televised speech about gun violence and its toll on young Chicagoans. It’s also at the forefront of the national debate on gun laws, with many claiming that the city (whose residents are restricted from legally carrying firearms) exemplifies the vanity of strict gun provisions, while others declare that nationwide gun control will help stop the flow of weapons in Chicago and all cities alike. 

The Latest on Gun Violence in Chicago

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Deaths of Virginia Journalists Ruled Homicide

WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward both suffered gunshot wounds to the head, according to Virginia medical officials.

Gone Too Soon: Jamyla Bolden, 9, Fatally Shot at Home in Ferguson

Jamyla Bolden was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting while she was in her bedroom doing her homework Tuesday night in Ferguson, Missouri.

300 Men March From Baltimore to D.C. to Call for End to Gun Violence

300 Men March continues to urge individuals to take back their community from gun violence.

Chicago Violence: 15 Shot Including 2 Children Over Weekend

A 5-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were among those wounded.

Mothers Patrol Chicago Neighborhood Over Holiday Weekend

No shootings were reported in the Englewood community.

Chicago Gun Violence: 10 Killed, 55 Injured This Past Weekend

For another year, Independence Day weekend shootings remain alarmingly high, as violence from Friday to Sunday left 10 people dead and 55 injured, the Chicago Tribune reports. The youngest victim was Amari Brown, a 7-year-old boy.
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