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Guns Create Bloodshed In Chicago This Weekend

June 26, 2011

Almost every day some reader on this blog reminds me that more guns are the solution to the ills of our society.  There are just not enough people who carry them is the latest refrain.  Too many innocent people are caught up in violence I am told, and only if more guns were among the populace things would be so much better.

To all that hokum I say…NO!

Rubbish.

This weekend a reminder that there are already too many guns, and too much violence from guns was found on the streets of Chicago.

At least nine people were injured, one critically, in various shootings across the city late Friday and early Saturday. No one is in custody for any of the shootings.

A 21-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot in the stomach just after midnight in the 7600 block of South May Street, police said. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Calumet Area detectives are investigating.

Earlier, about 11:40 p.m. in the North Lawndale neighborhood, a 28-year-old woman was shot in the back in the 1800 block of South Albany Avenue. She was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, police said. Harrison Area detectives are investigating.

Seven minutes later, an 18-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 3000 block of West 53rd Street, police said. He was taken in “stable” condition to Mount Sinai Hospital. Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.

On the Northwest Side, another 21-year-old man was shot around 1:28 a.m. in the 4400 block of North Monticello Avenue, police said. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the chest. Grand Central Area detectives are investigating.

Around 1:39 a.m., a 25-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 5400 block of South Halsted Street, police said. He was taken to Provident Hospital of Cook County in good condition. Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.

At 1:53 a.m., an 18-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 100 block of North Pine Avenue, police said. He was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in stable condition. Grand Central Area detective are investigating.

A male of an unknown age was shot in the leg around 1:57 a.m. in the 6500 block of South Washtenaw Avenue, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition. Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.

Two men were injured around 4:16 a.m. in a shooting incident at 4644 S. Fairfield Ave., police said. One man, only described as “middle-aged,” sustained a graze wound to the head.

A second man in his 20s sustained a head injury and was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. It was unclear Saturday morning if the head injury was due to a gunshot or other trauma.

5 Comments
  1. Dale permalink
    June 26, 2011 7:33 PM

    http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/homicide/weapons.cfm

    What conclusions do you draw from this?

  2. June 26, 2011 7:04 PM

    Gritrock,

    Wrong….you are aware that some concealed carry laws do not allow for data to be collected on the murder rate etc. of those who c/c? So you are not correct in your assumputions. You also can not state the c/c is the reason for any reduction in crime….there are no studies to make that case.

    One thing does seem clear: A growing number of states — including Florida, Ohio and South Dakota — have passed laws in recent years to remove or restrict concealed-weapon information from the public domain.

    The NRA, and its gun industry patrons, need average Americans to believe that the threat of attack is constant and pervasive; that we are at serious risk all the time and everywhere we go. That is just sick.

  3. skiziks permalink
    June 26, 2011 1:39 PM

    The comments about more guns are better don’t have to be in this blog to have been written or spoken elsewhere

  4. gritrock permalink
    June 26, 2011 10:47 AM

    Statistics show that violent crime has dropped in most states that have enacted concealed carry laws. At the very least, in the states where violent crime has not decreased, they also have not increased.
    It’s tragic that people around the world are sometimes preyed upon. But for the most part, the people you are writing about are probably involved in gangs and are going to have guns and commit crimes whether you take my gun from me or not. Many anti gun advocates think crime and guns will disappear if law abiding citizens are dis-armed, or at least not allowed to carry.

  5. June 26, 2011 9:47 AM

    I’ve been a regular reader of this blog for a while now, and I have never seen anyone say “more guns are the solution to the ills of our society.” Is it your policy to delete those comments as soon as they appear…or are you taking poetic license and claiming that anyone who disagrees with your stance is making that statement?

    I really-really wish Ben Masel was still with us…he had a way of explaining the “gun issue” to Progressives/Leftist much better than I can.

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