No October Surprise: Gun-Controlled Chicago Exceeds 600 Homicides

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Weekend violence similar to that which has been witnessed weekend after weekend throughout 2016 has now propelled gun controlled-Chicago past 600 homicides year-to-date.

The Chicago Tribune reports the number of homicides January 1 to October 24 at 608. There were 492 homicides for the whole of 2015.

The weekend witnessed 37 shot–six fatally–in Chicago.  And the Tribune reports that the violence got so bad Sunday morning that “an average of [one] person [was] shot every 10 minutes” between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. It was 5 a.m. Sunday morning when “29-year-old Jason Balboa was found with several gunshot wounds near 28th Street and Pulaski Road in Little Village.” He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

On October 11 Breitbart News reported that Chicago was fast approaching 600 homicides. This followed a Tribune report that “at least 35” people were shot and wounded and another five were shot and killed between 6 pm Friday, October 7, and the morning of October 10. That weekend also included an especially violent time in which “four people were shot within six blocks of each other over one hour Sunday night.”

There were 578 homocides when the weekend of October 7-10 was over, and no reason to believe the killing trend would abate.

In fact, over a month before Chicago surpassed 600 homicides, DNA Info reported that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez expected to see the city’s homicides reach 700 by the end of the year.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of “Bullets with AWR Hawkins,” a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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