Chicago continues to be one of America’s most violent major cities. According to a report by The Chicago Sun-Times, there have been 3,100 shooting victims in Chicago thus far in 2021. This number represents a 9% increase in the same time period in 2020 and a 69% increase in the same period in 2019.
The Chicago crime stats website HeyJackass.com recently estimated that the overall number of shooting victims is around 3278. The Sun-Times added that “there were 535 homicides in Chicago through Sept. 6,” thus representing a 2% increase in the number of homicides at this time last year and a 53% increase at the same timeframe in 2019.
According to a report by AWR Hawkins, there were at least 63 people shot on the weekend of 2021 Labor Day. I guess that’s the Chicago way of celebrating a holiday.
Unfortunately, this is the daily reality of Chicago. The problems the city is facing are not because of the phantom of “white supremacy” but the product of its questionable law enforcement practices — for example, getting rid of its gang database because of its allegedly “racist” portrayal of which groups commit the most crimes — and the state of Illinois’ strict gun control laws. This double whammy of pro-criminal policies make cities like Chicago a sanctuary for criminals to operate in.
Even with these uncomfortable facts in mind, no policymakers in Chicago will ever get the memo. And everyday Chicagoans will suffer as a result.