Anytime anyone is shot for any reason, gun control advocates see it as a gun problem. Exhibit A: the antis’ willingness to include firearms-related suicides to pad their “gun violence” stats. When it comes to Chicago’s astounding levels of firearms-related injuries and homicides, for advocates of civilian disarmament, it’s all about “easy access to guns.” Great landing, wrong airport . . .
Truth be told, gangs are the cause of all but a fraction of Chicago’s “gun violence” victims. Any suggestion that gun control can “choke off” gang bangers’ access to firearms is a [crack] pipe dream. Ipso facto. The Windy City’s draconian gun control regime has done nothing to stop the shootings.
As proof that Chiraq’s suffering is a gang — not a gun — problem, here’s an excerpt from the Chicago Tribune’s Friday-into-Saturday report 11 wounded, 1 fatally, in 9 hours. See if any of these tales of ballistic discharge doesn’t seem gang-related:
• Just before 3:50 a.m., a man was critically injured in a shooting in the 3600 block of West Ohio Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side, police said. He was shot in the back, and he was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital. Police did not release additional details about the shooting.
• In the Chicago Lawn neighborhood about 2:05 a.m., a 32-year-old man who was driving for UberEats was grazed in the arm while he was stopped at a stop sign in the 3200 block of West 60th Street, police said. The shooter was on the sidewalk and opened fire, grazing the driver in the arm. As the 32-year-old man was driving away, a black Hummer began following him with someone from the vehicle firing additional shots at him. The driver declined medical attention.
• Two people were wounded during a drive-by shooting just before 1:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of North Talman Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said. The men were standing outside when someone inside a silver car shot at them. A 37-year-old man was shot in the arm and in the chest, and a 34-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and the hand. The older man’s condition was stabilized at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and the 34-year-old man’s condition was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.
• In the North Austin neighborhood about 12:35 a.m., a 20-year-old man was in the passenger seat of a car in the 5000 block of West Division Street when someone fired at the car. He was wounded in the neck, and he took himself to West Suburban Medical Center. His condition was stabilized.
• About 12:10 a.m. Saturday, a 46-year-old man was shot in the right leg during a drive-by shooting in the 300 block of South Albany Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. He was standing outside when someone inside a passing car shot at him. His condition was stabilized at Mount Sinai Hospital.
• A 24-year-old woman was shot in the left arm about 12:05 a.m. while she was walking in the 6300 block of South Ashland Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood, police said. She was walking north on Ashland Avenue when shooters opened fire. She took herself to St. Bernard Hospital, where her condition was stabilized.
• A 35-year-old man was critically wounded about 11:20 p.m. outside of a gas station in the 5900 block of South Morgan Street in the Englewood neighborhood. People inside a Chrysler 300 pulled up next to the man, got out of the car and opened fire, striking the man in the head, police said. He was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital. Police are investigating if the shooters took the victim’s hospital. A large pool of what appeared to be blood could be seen next to one of the gas station’s gas pumps.
• In the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side, someone shot a 22-year-old man as he was getting into a car about 10:45 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Franklin Boulevard, police said. He was shot in both legs, and his condition was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.
• Earlier Friday night, a 35-year-old victim was shot about 6:55 p.m. in the 6900 block of South Prairie Avenue in the Park Manor neighborhood. He was walking on a sidewalk when an assailant who was also on foot pulled a gun and shot him in the left buttock, Chicago police said. The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where his condition had stabilized, police said.
Police did not report arrests in any of the shootings.
The best “answer” to this plague of “gun violence”: eliminate the City’s revolving door justice system. That link is from The Trib, BTW, which supports gun control in all its forms. Go figure.