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36 people shot, 8 fatally in Chicago during Memorial Day Weekend marked as a reduction

May 31, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
36 people shot, 8 fatally in Chicago during Memorial Day Weekend marked as a reduction

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36 shot people, 8 fatally in Chicago during Memorial Day Weekend

A recent report revealed that 36 people were shot in the Chicago area over the holiday weekend. At least one media outlet used the shootings that killed seven people as a “reduction in gun violence.”

That 36 people who were shot and seven who were murdered being referred to as a “reduction in gun violence” exemplified just how violent the United States’ third largest city is.

The “reduction,” as described by USA Today, occurred after six homicides and 44 shootings last year. In 2016, seven people were killed and 61 were shot over Memorial Day weekend.

Chicago reported a 19% decrease in homicides during the first five months of this year. However, 191 people were still killed during this period. During the same time frame last year, 237 people were fatally shot in Chicago.

According to ABC7, despite the decrease in homicide rates, Chicago is still the murder capital of the nation, Today stated. So far this year there were 821 shootings–a decrease from 1,032 during the same period in 2017.

Andrew Papachristos, a professor at Northwestern University, said easy access to firearms is only part of the problem. He noted that “Gangs play a role in facilitating access to guns.”

The victims of last weekend’s violence included five men and two young women. Despite an extensive presence of law enforcement at the local and federal level, no suspects have been arrested.

The U.S. Department of Justice created a joint strike force with local police to make an effort to combat gun violence. The DOJ designated 20 ATF agents to go to Chicago to assist with the crackdown on gun violence. This brought the total number of ATF agents in the city to 61.

However, earlier this year, an ATF agent working with the task force was shot and critically wounded in an “ambush-style” attack. The agent is expected to make a full recovery.

Chicago officials complain that, despite strict gun control laws, gang members still have access to guns. They cite that the weapons used in many shootings originated from lawful purchases made in Indiana, Mississippi, and Wisconsin.

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