Barack Obama’s hometown has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but these legislations haven’t stopped the city from having one of the highest crime rates in the country.
According to Daily Mail, four people were killed and at least 35 were wounded in shootings in the Illinois city since Friday night. In a 14-hour span beginning Saturday afternoon, 25 people were shot, with police saying this is the equivalent of one person being shot every 33 minutes.
ABC7 reported that 25 year-old Darius Brownlee was shot dead in Marquette Park early Sunday morning after getting in an argument with another male at a party. He was found with a gunshot wound to the head in front of the house the party was at.
“He had a heart,” his sister, Iesha Brownlee, told the Chicago Tribune. “He was respectful. A very respectful young man. He would help anybody.”
A 20 year-old man was fatally shot at 8:12pm on Saturday night in a drive-by shooting in Logan Square. The victim, who was involved in gang-related activity, was standing on a sidewalk when someone shot him from a passing car.
Most of the victims in this weekend’s shootings were young people. A 16 year-old is in critical condition after he was shot on Saturday by two men as he walked down a street. A 19 year-old is in critical condition after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds when him and another friend were shot on South Bishop Street in Englewood. The friend was shot in the leg and is in stable condition.
This proves once and for all that strict gun laws will do little to stop crime in this country. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.