CHICAGO– On Thursday, Rahm Emmanuel kicked off Chicago’s “Put Down the Gun Initiative.” The goal: go at least 24 hours without any gun violence. “Three years ago we had 24 hours without any gun violence, I believe we can do better than that” he said.
Apparently the city’s criminals didn’t get the memo – and it was a particularly bloody Memorial day weekend in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reported that; A string of nearly two dozen shootings on the West Side has pushed the number of people shot during the Memorial Day weekend to at least 40, with two more days to go.
As of early Sunday morning, the toll stood at four dead and 36 wounded across the city, including a 15-year-girl shot to death as she rode in a Jeep on Lake Shore Drive near Fullerton Avenue, police said. Last year, 12 people were killed and 44 people were wounded over the holiday weekend.
Nineteen of those shot this weekend were wounded in or within a half-mile of the Harrison District on the West Side, police said. The district, one of the city’s most violent, is average-sized but has more officers assigned to it than almost any other in the city. It is frequently the target of both prolonged drug operations and short-term extra patrols over holiday weekends.
Thirteen of the 19 were wounded in the Harrison District and an additional six nearby.
With Memorial Day fast approaching the mayor of Baghdad, sorry, Chicago called for 24 hours without gun violence. As you might remember, last Memorial Day in Chicago was one of the bloodiest days in Chicago’s history with 12 killed and 44 wounded over the holiday weekend. So logically, in order to not repeat last year’s shenanigans, Mayor Emmanuel pushed this full-proof initiative. He could have tried to pass another gun control law, but Chicago already has some of the most strict gun control laws in the country. So this failed initiative went about as well as you would imagine.
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