With the increased gun violence in Chicago, 2021 could be one of the city’s deadliest. The number of shooting victims in Chicago is growing. Compared to 2020, around 4000 shooting victims were reported compared to a little over 2000 in 2019. “This is not normal,” Chicago 16th Ward Alderperson Stephanie Coleman says. “We must realize that there has been social and economic deprivation.” During the 4th of July weekend, over 100 shootings occurred. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says her administration is doing everything to “stem the violence.”
“I want you to know that we’re doing everything that we can to stem the violence,” Lightfoot continues. “I’ve heard your anguish and pain. I promise that I hear you.” Over the weekend, Chicago PD recovered 94 guns.” Every gun recovery is a potential life saved,” says Superintendent David Brown. According to the Superintendent, gun recovery is up 27%.
“A total of 6,362 guns has been recover so far this year. “Of those 6,000 guns, 321 were assault weapons,” Brown said during his ‘Crime Strategy’ briefing. While gun recovery is increasing, it does not appear to have an effect on violent crime. Chicago has around 400 homicides this year, an increase from 2020.
“Until we control the violence in Chicago. Nothing else matters,” says Mayor Lightfoot.” We’ve experienced too much bloodshed and trauma.” President Joe Biden’s plan to send a strike force to Chicago could arrive as early as next week. Biden’s strike force will work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). The agency will share information with state and local police on gun traffickers. “Making sure federal resources are focus on stopping gun trafficking. Will make a world of difference,” Mayor Lightfoot said.
Pastor Corey Brooks, the founder of Project H.O.O.D, is optimistic that the city will decrease gun violence. “I do believe the violence will decrease, says Pastor Brooks.” But it will take a collective effort. One thing about being in America is that we’re very intelligent. We’re solution-oriented. So I have no doubt that like-minded people working together will figure out a way to stop the violence. So I’m very optimistic about the future.”