Chicago: 3 Killed, 13 Wounded Just on Tuesday

Chicago’s year is getting off to a tough start. 3 Killed, 13 Wounded In Tuesday Shootings Across Chicago « CBS Chicago

Seven of the victims came under fire in three separate attacks along a four-block stretch of the Gresham neighborhood.

There also 9 shootings on Monday, of which 2 were fatal.

Hey Jackass lists the year-to-date totals (as of very early Wednesday morning) as 104 shot and killed, 474 shot and wounded and total of 111 murders – the other 7 not being firearm-related.

Chicago Starts the Year with 52 Killed in January (So far)

Hey Jackass Stats Not a good omen for the rest of the year. At least 50 killed, 300 wounded in Chicago shootings so far in January, CPD says | abc7chicago.com. (Click the image for the full stats via Hey Jackass.)

So far in 2017, reports said at least 52 people have been murdered and about 300 people were shot. That’s slightly higher than in the same period last year. Guglielmi said Tuesday that 50 people had been murdered so far this year.

It being Chicago they have to talk about guns. They mention gun arrests are up over last year, but I would take bets that the folks arrested don’t stay in jail long. Even though illegal possession of a gun is a federal offense that carries years (or decades) of prison time. They won’t be charged under federal law.

Chicago saw more 2016 murders than New York City, Los Angeles combined

They will blame everyone but themselves. Chicago violence: Chicago saw more 2016 murders than New York City, Los Angeles combined – CBS News

One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined.

Hey Jackass! has other figures, but they are equally disturbing.

The powers that be are calling the “flood of illegal guns” out as the problem. They have taken 1000s of guns off the street, but not incarcerated 1000s of criminals.

While New York City saw a slight decrease in homicides and Los Angeles a slight increase for 2016, both have hit historic lows in the past several years. Philadelphia, which has also seen a dip in murder rates overall, saw a small decrease for 2016.

So where are the guns flowing into NY City and Philadelphia? Or are they handling criminals differently?

Merry Christmas – Chicago Style

On the weekend that should be dedicated to celebrating peace on earth, Chicago resembles more of a war zone. Chicago Shootings: Over Holiday Weekend, Dozens Shot; At Least 11 Killed : The Two-Way : NPR

The Tribune lists 54 shot, 11 dead, but their story requires you turn off your ad blocker. (You are using an ad blocker, aren’t you. Dangerous malware in those ads.)

There have been more than 740 homicides in Chicago so far this year — the last time the city topped 700 homicides was in 1998.

And the numbers are up SIGNIFICANTLY over 2015. Why? Because Chicago refuses to put the violent behind bars. Chicago’s grim murder trend blamed on light sentencing, misguided reforms | Fox News

Former Chicago Police Department Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson, says the rate of murders and shootings can’t be reversed until the criminal justice system begins to hold offenders accountable.

“We have five districts that are driving the crime in the city,” Johnson said in a recent radio interview. “And within those districts, there is a small subset of individuals who are responsible for those crimes. They have multiple arrests for gun offenses and until we start holding these people accountable [the problem will persist].”

If you charged those people under federal gun laws, they would be gone for 5, 7, 10, 25 or 30 years – depending on what they were doing when they used the gun in a crime. So how come everyone on the Left is screaming for more gun laws, but we aren’t using the ones we have?

More Guns. Less Crime.

Obama has been good for the gun industry. And while all those guns are being sold, crime is at historic lows in the US. Obama’s Gun Run May be Partially to Thank For These Historically Low Numbers

“There have been more guns sold since I’ve been president than just about any time in U.S. history,” Obama said in June.

He got that right. Background checks are at an all time high, and continue to set records.

Violent crime is down 70 percent (or more) since the highs in 1993.

In fact, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports violent crime has decreased a whopping 77% since 1993 with only 18.6 victimizations per 1,000 people (age 12 or older) compared to 79.8 victimizations 23 years ago.

Background checks for 2016 through the end of November surpass 2015. By a lot.

Blunt Objects as Weapons – or – Why a Baseball Bat is a Threat

So I was contemplating the story of the NY police officer who shot the 66-year-old woman wielding a baseball bat. By way of Tam’s take on the matter. View From The Porch: How it’s framed…

But then I got to thinking about bats and other blunt objects as weapons. Because some will say that it isn’t a serious threat. Those some have not reviewed the facts.

The FBI Uniform Crime Statistics for 2015 have recently been released. In this the aggravated assault stats break out the crime by type of weapon used.

It turns out that “Other weapons (clubs, blunt objects, etc.)” account for 31.4 percent of the weapons used in aggravated assault. Firearms account for 24.2 percent in the same category.

Murders are another story of course, where firearms are used in about 71% of all murders. (I couldn’t find a link to the breakdown, so I was forced to rely on my spreadsheet-fu, which is sadly not what it was. You can download the base data yourself at this link.) But “Other weapons” still account for 11 percent of all murders nationally. Not an insignificant threat.