Dozens were shot–four fatally–over the weekend in heavily gun controlled Chicago.
This death and violence follows the 52 who were shot–nine fatally–during the previous weekend in Chicago.
According to ABC News, a 7-year-old girl was among the wounded. She was shot while attending “a vigil for another shooting victim.” A 36-year-old woman was also shot while attending that vigil.
At one point during the weekend — “an intense 14-hour stretch of violence that ran from Saturday into Sunday” — someone was shot in Chicago “every 33 minutes.” The Chicago Tribune reported the same portion of the weekend — “from Saturday afternoon to early Sunday” — was especially violent last weekend too. During that time alone, “five people were killed and at least 19 others were wounded.”
Forty-nine people were shot, nine fatally, two weekends ago, and “52 people were shot, seven of them fatally” the weekend before.
Breitbart News reported that this violence comes in spite of the fact that Chicago has an “assault weapons” ban, a “violence tax,” a state-imposed waiting period on gun purchases, and strict regulations on the number of gun stores allowed in the city, as well as restrictions on the locations of those stores. Yet these controls–and others like them–are not preventing criminals from acquiring guns. Rather, they simply make it difficult for law-abiding citizens to get the guns they need for self-defense.
We witnessed a similar gun control failure over the weekend in Connecticut as well. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, CT has universal background checks, no “gun show loophole,” a ban on “high capacity” magazines, and a prohibition on “the transfer or possession of assault weapons.” The state also requires residents to “obtain an eligibility license” before being able to buy a handgun, long gun, or ammunition, and there is a “two-week waiting period” on long gun purchases.
Despite all those restrictions, 13 people at a Bridgeport house party were shot and wounded by “two shooters” on Sunday morning.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.