Gun control at work: 4 dead, 21 wounded in Chicago over the weekend

Because if there's one thing that gun control does well, it's keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

NBC Chicago:

Four people were shot in two seperate shootings Sunday afternoon on the city's South Side as weekend gun violence leaves four men dead and at least 21 people injured across Chicago.

One of the most recent shootings occurred aroud 3 p.m. Sunday when one person was shot on the city's South Side. The shooting occurred in the 3300 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue and the victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, according to a tweet from Chicago Fire Media.

Minutes later, three people were shot in the 7400 block of South Champlain Avenue, according to police news affairs.

Two victims were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, and a third was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital also in critical condition. The scene is still being investigated as of Sunday afternoon, according to police.

The most recent fatality involved 28-year-old who was fatally shot in the back 1200 block of West 97th Street Saturday afternoon, police said. The man was identified as Larry Randle, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Two 19-year-old men were also shot Saturday.

Jonathan Santiago was shot and killed around 2:45 a.m. in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said.

Later Saturday morning, Miguel Cancel was fatally shot in his vehicle in the 4200 block of West Irving Park Road in a shooting that also wounded two other passengers.

Friday's sole homicide involved 33-year-old Kevin Sanders, who was fatally shot in the South Chicago neighborhood, according to police news affairs.

At least eight other people were reportedly wounded in shootings across the city over the weekend.

The shootings occurred against the backdrop of a vigil held at Federal Plaza against gun violence attended by hundreds of Chicagoans.

It's hard to imagine how the city's gun laws could be any stricter short of outright banning and confiscation. Piling one ineffective law on top of the next is not going to deal with the problem. Better policing strategy would help considerably. A recognition that the current gun laws aren't working would also help.

Taking emotion out of the debate and substituting rational thought would probably help the most - along with granting citizens the ability to protect themselves from the barbarians who are running wild in the city.

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