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. 

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Chicago Gun Violence: 40 Shot, 4 Killed This Past Weekend

A bloody weekend in Chicago ended with 40 people wounded and four people killed from gun violence.

News: It Takes a Village to Stop Gun Violence

Activists start anti-violence organization Body of Peace. (7/17/2014)

Holder Sending More ATF Agents to Help Chicago Fight Violent Crime

The ATF and FBI have increased staffing in the violence-plagued city.

Chicago Activist Compares City’s Violence to Hurricane Katrina

Father Michael Pfleger compares the violence in Chicago to Hurricane Katrina.

Chicago Gun Violence: 3 Dead, 28 Wounded This Past Weekend

At least three people have been killed and 28 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago this past weekend.

Bring That Week Back: Boy Found in Basement Says He Was Forced to Exercise

Picture of Black boy in monkey tee causes outrage, plus more national news.
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