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The city of Chicago is “exhibit A” in a long list of gun control failures. In fact, the violence has gotten so bad that the city (with roughly 0.8 percent of the national population) is skewing the statistics for other cities.
As Reported by Washington Post:
The violence in Chicago has continued unabated for much of 2016, with homicides and shootings both far ahead of last year even with days left in December. Chicago is one of multiple major American cities seeing an increase in killings since last year, deaths that are coming during a historically safe era but that have still sparked concerns in communities seeing more bloodshed.
Yet even though homicides have increased in several cities, the situation in Chicago stands out, both through sheer numbers and the effect it is having on homicide rates nationwide.
Consider this statistic: The homicide rate for the country’s 30 biggest cities is expected to go up by 14 percent this year, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, a New York-based law and policy institute. But the killings in Chicago account for an astounding 43.7 percent of this overall increase in killings, meaning that Chicago alone is responsible for nearly half of this spike.
[Chicago surpasses 600 homicides in 2016 and is on pace to have its deadliest year in two decades]
The Brennan Center report is an update on a similar analysis released earlier this year, which similarly found that Chicago was accounting for an outsize share of the homicide increase. (A copy of the updated Brennan Center analysis, which was released publicly Tuesday morning, was provided to The Washington Post before it was published.)
As it did before, the Brennan Center report again cautioned against concerns about “out of control” crime levels. That particular phrase has been used by President-elect Donald Trump when discussing Chicago.
Donald Trump speaking during the campaign. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Trump has repeatedly discussed the violence in Chicago and crime in general, pitching himself during the presidential contest as the candidate of “law and order.” During the campaign, Trump spoke ominously of “the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation,” vowing to put an end to it after his inauguration. He also said that police in Chicago could put a stop to the bloodshed there “by being very much tougher than they are right now.”
Trump has used his considerable public platform to highlight crime at a time when violence is rising in some places — in some cases speaking inaccurately about crime rates. Trump remarked during the campaign and after his victory — including, most recently, during a rally last week — that the homicide rate is the highest it has been in 45 years. This is untrue. (When Trump has referenced the biggest year-to-year increase in killings in 45 years, that is accurate, because that is what occurred last year, but the homicide rate is not at a 45-year peak.)
[Gun violence surges in Chicago, where residents want to show ‘everything is not all bad’]
In Chicago so far this year, there were 738 killings through Sunday night, according to a police spokesman. The city seems poised to potentially top 750 killings for the year, a staggering total and one that means Chicago will finish 2016 with more killings than it has had in nearly two decades.
Chicago had 481 killings last year, police say, a number that was surpassed by the end of the Labor Day weekend this year. The city has also had more than 3,400 shootings, resulting in thousands of victims, police say. Authorities there blame repeat offenders using illegal guns, while police are also solving fewer homicides.