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Memorial Day Mayhem: Coronavirus Crisis Takes Back Seat to Gangs and Guns in Chiraq Yet Again

Not even COVID-19 can put a damper on the Windy City’s violent streak.

Chicago has a very complex issue with guns and gangs, and you’ll have to dig back to the early 80’s to truly understand why.

It was in 1982 that Chicago enacted a ban on all handguns, and law-abiding Chicagoans quickly became easy targets for those who remained or became armed.  This continued for decades, and brought rise to the incredibly dense network of drug gangs that roam the city today.

And, as with any illicit market, these extracurricular economies take a big hit when the above-board markets tank.  This is a stressor that plays itself out in harrowing and horrendous ways.

Over 40 people were shot, ten fatally, over Memorial Weekend in gun-controlled Chicago. Local news reports the shootings and deaths came despite a stay-at-home order.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports an approximate number of shooting victims at 48, fatal and non-fatal combined.

On Sunday, Breitbart News reported four people were killed and 11 others injured in shootings in Chicago during the first 36 hours of Memorial Weekend alone.

The first two fatal shootings of the weekend were discovered around 8 p.m. on Friday. Police found “a 32-year-old male victim…shot to death inside a residence” and a 35-year-old who was shot to death in an unrelated attack at roughly the same time.

The brutality occurred despite the best efforts of several local organizations who banded together to send “mediators” out into the streets in an attempt to tamp down the threat of violence.


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