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January 2016 Breaks Murder Record for Gun-Controlled Chicago


There were 51 murders in heavily gun-controlled Chicago in January 2016, thereby surpassing the previous record of 45 in January 2000.

Moreover, according to USA Today, 51 murders is a sharp increase over the 29 murders that Chicago recorded in January 2015 and the 20 murders recorded the January before that.


If we look at all shootings—rather than isolating the fatal ones—the failure of gun control is even more evident, because there was a total of “241 shooting incidents” during January 2016. That is up more than 100 percent over January 2015, when there were a total of “119 [shooting] incidents.”

On January 1, the Chicago Tribune reported a total of 2,986 shooting victims in Chicago for all of 2015. The total number of murders is 468.

All of this is happening in a city with an “assault weapons” ban, a “violence tax” that raises the price of every gun and bullet sold at retail, that limits the number of gun stores and the locations of those stores, and, what the New York Times describes as, handgun restrictions that let city leaders “get as close as they could get legally to a ban without a ban.”

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