“A new Chicago Sun-Times investigation into the city’s deaths by gun has a stunning statistic at its heart: not only did the city’s 2016 murder count rise to its highest level in 19 years,” thetrace.org reports, “but fatal gunshot victims were also hit by nearly twice as many bullets as victims were during the early ’90s violent crime epidemic.” That would be an awesome stat for The Trace’s crusade for ammunition magazine capacity laws! Only . . .
It’s out-of-date. For 2017, cnn.com reports that . . .
Chicago saw nearly a 16% decline in murders in 2017 from the previous year, according to statistics released in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
In 2017, the city had 2,785 shooting incidents and 3,457 shooting victims, which was a decrease from the 3,550 shooting incidents and 4,349 shooting victims in 2016, according to the newly released statistics.
I think it’s safe to conclude that the number of bullets fired by a Chicago gang banger isn’t relevant to the Windy City’s firearms-related death toll. Which kinda pulls the rug from under Alex Yablon’s story. Still, the increasing round count is interesting . . .
The newspaper looked at data from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office covering two months 24 years apart. Reporter Frank Main found that the average person killed by a firearm in August 2016 was struck by 4.25 rounds, nearly double the 2.5 bullet wounds found in the average fatal gunshot victim in August 1992, at the height of the deadliest year of the past four decades.
In one August 2016 killing highlighted by the Sun-Times report, a 22-year-old man named Kendrick Thornton was shot 38 times.
Which left him just as dead as if he’d been shot say, once in the head. Speaking of headshots . . .
heyjackass.com reports that some two-thirds of all headshots in Chicago meant lights out for the victim. But it was still the highest percentage kill shot for the aggressor. And I don’t think it was down to the number of bullets that landed in the vic’s cranium, do you?
Anyway, Mr. Yablon’s article Bullets-Per-Body Rise in Chicago as High-Capacity Handguns Gain Criminal Following somehow manages to make it seem like the “rise” of semi-automatic handguns in the ‘hood requires some legislative intervention.
Data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shows that Illinois criminals increasingly favor semiautomatic pistols that accept higher-capacity magazines. Such firearms accounted for 63 percent of all guns recovered in Illinois and traced by the ATF in 2016, up from 47 percent in 2008, the earliest year for which state-level data is available.
Despite Illinois’ reputation for strict gun laws, the state does not have its own assault-weapons ban. Cook County, which includes Chicago, restricts magazine size for rifles and shotguns, but not pistols, which are far more common.
The trend toward higher-capacity handguns in the criminal market is a reflection of changes in the nation’s legal gun industry, which ultimately supplies the underground arsenal by way of straw purchases, private sales, and theft.
More guns, deadlier “higher-capacity” guns! But not as deadly last year as the year before, and maybe no more deadly than “lower” capacity handguns. But why let the facts get in the way of an anti-gun agenda? If you did there wouldn’t be an anti-gun agenda, Alex.