Gun violence continued in Chicago last weekend, as at least 12 people were shot Friday through Sunday morning, despite the Democrat-controlled city holding some of the nation’s tightest firearm restrictions.
The first of at least two weekend deaths occurred Friday night when a person opened fire into a car in the 3100 block of West Lake Street. One man, 24, died, while two others, including a 10-year-old boy, were wounded.
A 17-year-old was shot while sitting in his vehicle Saturday morning and had his vehicle stolen. The incident took place in the 5400 block of West Race Avenue.
The events follow 40 people who were shot the previous weekend in the city, including five fatalities. Fifteen of the victims were involved in a single incident.
The year’s shooting incidents continue to climb, with at least 567 people shot in 2021, according to a report from The Chicago Tribune.
Many called for more anti-crime efforts on Saturday.
“There is too much time wasted,” said Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef, president and founder of Chicago Activist Coalition for Justice. “We’ve seen now, there are two children that have been shot by someone, a random shooting. These children were lucky to live.”
Illinois has one of the strictest sets of gun laws in the nation. Why does Chicago’s gun violence continue to spiral out of control?
Experts note a variety of reasons, but the leftist-leadership of the city appears slow to respond. Just last October, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) proposed to cut $80 million from the city’s police force.