While anti-gun hysteria continues after the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Chicago’s traditionally bloody summer continues apace. Despite strict Illinois gun control laws, Murder City USA racked up another five dead and 46 maimed in mostly gang-related violence this past weekend.
That includes a six-victim “mass shooting” on early Sunday morning in the 3500 block of West Lake Street.
As always, HeyJackass has the details. The bold entries represent fatal incidents.
Final Stupidity Tally: 5 killed, 46 wounded
2018 weekend tally: 1 killed, 37 wounded
2017 weekend tally: 11 killed, 34 wounded
2016 weekend tally: 12 killed, 44 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 6 killed, 34 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 6 killed, 31 wounded
4:10p 3400 N Cicero, Portage Park, M/19
6:30p 3300 W Cermak, Little Village, M/31
6:30p 3300 W Cermak, Little Village, M/34
8:50p 100 E 114th, Roseland, M/16
10:00p 7500 N Paulina, Rogers Park, M/40
11:30p 3600 W Douglas, North Lawndale, M/14
11:30p 7300 S Artesian, Chicago Lawn, F/20
11:30p 7300 S Artesian, Chicago Lawn, M/23
11:30p 7300 S Artesian, Chicago Lawn, M/24
11:30p 7300 S Artesian, Chicago Lawn, M/29
12:35a 4200 W Van Buren, Garfield Park, M/28
1:35a 8600 S Exchange, South Chicago, M/28
1:55a 3400 W 24th, Little Village, M/16
1:55a 600 N Sawyer, Humboldt Park, M/19
2:00a 900 S Western, Near West Side, M/31
2:40a 3700 W Lake, Garfield Park, M/27
6:25a 4500 W West End, Garfield Park, F/?
11:40a 8700 S Exchange, South Chicago, M/25
11:55a 2500 S Sawyer, Little Village, M/34
6:05p 2500 W Touhy, West Ridge, M/34
6:15p 3300 W Chicago, Humboldt Park, M/47
8:45p 4000 S Ellis, Oakland, M/43
8:45p 4000 S Ellis, Oakland, M/?
9:00p 600 S Racine, Near West Side, M/20
10:35p 5700 S Aberdeen, Englewood, M/25
10:35p 5700 S Aberdeen, Englewood, M/42
11:35p 4100 W Congress, Garfield Park, M/30
11:35p 5000 W Huron, Austin, M/38
12:10a 7100 S Champlain, Grand Crossing, M/29
1:15a 3500 W Douglas, North Lawndale, M/21
2:00a 3000 W 38th, Brighton Park, M/30
2:15a 100 N La Crosse, Austin, M/36
2:30a 200 W 63rd, Englewood, M/?
2:45a 3500 W Lake, Garfield Park, M/25
2:45a 3500 W Lake, Garfield Park, F/27
2:45a 3500 W Lake, Garfield Park, F/32
2:45a 3500 W Lake, Garfield Park, F/32
2:45a 3500 W Lake, Garfield Park, F/37
2:45a 3500 W Lake, Garfield Park, F/38
3:55a 1200 N Cleaver, West Town, M/23
4:10a 2900 S Dearborn, Douglas, M/37
6:35a 200 S Keeler, Garfield Park, M/21
6:50a 1200 W 82nd, Auburn Gresham, M/24
11:15a 6800 S Hamlin, West Lawn, M/27
3:55p 1000 N Monticello, Humboldt Park, F/8
6:05p 11500 S Yale, West Pullman, M/69
8:25p 8500 S Marquette, South Chicago, M/29
8:40p 7600 S Stewart, Grand Crossing, M/30
8:45p 8600 S Elizabeth, Auburn Gresham, M/37
9:35p 10000 S Michigan, Roseland, M/24
No Accountability Monday
5:50a 5000 W Washington, Austin, M/40
At least that’s an improvement over the previous weekend body count of seven dead and 59 wounded. Somehow restrictions on Second Amendment freedoms do nothing to keep the Wild West that is Chicago under control.
Illinois gun owners, by law, must have a Firearm’s Owners ID card. Think of it as a permit to own a gun – sort of like Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to enact national gun owner licensing. Of course Chicago’s gang members don’t have FOID cards, but they do have guns. And plenty of them.
To carry a firearm in public, a law-abiding person must have 16 hours of training, pass a qualification shooting test, pay $153 and change to the state and wait four-plus months to get a carry license. None of this past weekend’s incidents featured anyone with a carry license.
The Prairie State has a three-day waiting period on gun purchases. The waiting period did nothing to slow the persistent mayhem on the Windy City’s streets, but it does inconvenience legal gun purchasers who want to purchase firearms to defend themselves.
Illinois also has a universal background check law which requires all private gun transfers to through an approval process with the Illinois State Police. How many of the weekend’s shooters complied with that requirement when they acquired their weapons?
The Land of Lincoln also has a red flag law. It seems that law failed to flag those who committing all of these shootings. No one read the minds of the shooters or reported them as threatening. Then again, local residents don’t help police find the killers after the crimes either. If they did, the Chicago Police might have a murder clearance rate better than 9.5%.
Cook County also has gun and ammo taxes. They’ve done nothing to stem to blood loss.
Chicago also has a ban on modern sporting rifles and so-called high-capacity magazines. Again, the only result has been more gun control epic fail. Because — brace yourself — criminals ignore laws. All they do is keep the law-abiding stripped of some very effective self-defense options.
Illinois has a mountain of other gun control laws, too. They inconvenience the law-abiding, not the criminals.
The bottom line: Illinois’ strict gun control does nothing about crime in Murder City USA. Let that be a lesson to residents of other states considering these laws. And to Congress.