Chicago homicides rise an astonishing 38% in one year

How's the strictest gun control laws in America working out for ya there, Chi-town? New York Times: Mr. Emanuel listed safer streets among his top three priorities when he became mayor a year ago, but Chicago, the nation's third-largest city, is now testing that promise. Homicides are up by 38 percent from a year ago, and shootings have increased as well, even as killings have held steady or dropped in New York, Los Angeles and some other cities. As of June 17, 240 people had been killed here this year, mostly in shootings, 66 more deaths than occurred in the same period in 2011. "That's somebody's husband, somebody's son, and they're dying right on our block," said Maya Hodari, who lives on a South Side street where two shootings have already taken place this year, one of them fatal and another as a toddler looked on. "It hurts." The violence has left its largest scars in some of Chicago's most impoverished, struggling neighborhoods on the South and West Sides, places...(Read Full Post)

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