Chicago Gang Violence Reaches an all Time High


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Chicago’s homicides and gun violence rates have hit a high in 2016. According to USAToday, August was the single deadliest month in over 20 years. With 92 homicides in August, and 500 total killed so far in 2016, that’s a 50% increase since 2015.

ABC News reported 100,000 active gang members opposed to only 12,000 Police officers in the city. The increased recruitment of children as young as 13 to 14 years old will only increase street violence. Out of the 100,000 gang members there has been a 25% influx of young black males in their late teen and early twenties. As of 2011, there were more shootings which resulted in death in Chicago than U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Wayne Pierce, the CEO of the NRA (National Rifle Association), has called for stricter enforcement on federal gun laws but has not advocated to enforce new gun laws. Wayne thinks that in order to deal with gang violence, the U.S. should establish “a federal task force, if it takes 500 agents, if it takes a thousand agents, and go into Chicago.” With this in mind, would this even be a realistic option, disrupting people’s homes?

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