Report: 48 shot in weekend shootings in Chicago

August 13, 2019

Weekend shootings in Chicago left five dead and 43 others wounded, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Among the wounded is an 8-year-old girl who was the victim of a drive-by shooting while she was playing at a barbecue on Sunday afternoon. But she wasn’t the only young soul to become a victim of gun violence this weekend.

Dozens wounded in weekend shootings

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head while sitting in the front seat of a vehicle on Saturday. He was later pronounced dead.

Also deceased after the weekend of violence is a 19-year-old man who was struck in the armpit at Garfield Park in Chicago, the Sun-Times reports. Just minutes later, a 29-year-old man was shot multiple times by a group of men in what was later ruled a homicide.

Another shooting in Humboldt Park left a 47-year-old man dead Saturday. The Sun-Times reports that someone “walked up” to the man’s vehicle “and opened fire, striking him in the arm and armpit.”

He and one other victim of a separate shooting were later pronounced dead at local hospitals.

Shocking, but not unique

But while the weekend of carnage in Chicago may have been shocking, it wasn’t unique. The previous weekend saw back-to-back mass shootings in the Windy City: a man shot eight people hours after another individual opened fire on a playground, hitting seven victims.

Examples like these aren’t rare, and they aren’t confined to Chicago. Twelve attendees were shot at a New York City block party last month, and eight were struck during a Baltimore cookout in April, according to CBS News. A New Jersey shooting resulted in six victims the month after that.

Many respond to events like these by calling for “common sense” gun control proposals. The problem with that suggestion? The places listed above have already implemented them.

Illinois residents must obtain a license to purchase firearms, and Chicago imposes additional restrictions on “assault weapons” and magazine capacity — as do Maryland, New York, and New Jersey.

Moreover, Illinois became the last state to begin issuing concealed handgun permits in 2013, according to USA Today, but Chicago makes it harder for those in the city to obtain them. Meanwhile, New Jersey and Maryland make getting such permits almost impossible.

That approach makes little sense, as permit holders are far less likely to commit crimes than members of the general public, according to government data.

High profile cases of gun violence prompt demands for action, and that’s understandable. However, it’s not enough to simply “do something” — we need to do something right. And Democrat-run cities like Chicago have shown that more gun control isn’t the answer.

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Adam Peters

Adam Peters is a Conservative Institute staff writer.