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Chicago: 2020 On Track to Surpass 700 Homicides and Become the City’s Deadliest Year

Chicago: 2020 On Track to Surpass 700 Homicides and Become the City’s Deadliest Year

Chicago had 781 homicides in 2016. 2020 could top that number.

Chicago 1998: 704 homicides. Chicago 2016: 781 homicides.

Data from the medical examiner’s office shows that 2020 might become Chicago’s deadliest year.

The Chicago Sun-Times analyzed the data. Chicago has already seen 694 homicides this year. There were 680 homicides in 2016 during the same time period.

However, the medical examiner’s office has 715 homicides in 2020. The Chicago Sun-Times does not include “police-involved shootings and other self-defense shootings” unlike the medical examiner.

Chicago, which has strict gun laws, also has 53% more shootings in 2020 than in 2019 during this time period.

The city has already hit milestones when it comes to homicides.

May 31 was the deadliest day in Chicago in 60 years. 18 murders occurred in a span of 24 hours.

Record gun violence happened during Father’s Day weekend with 104 shooting victims and 14 fatalities. Five minors died, including a 3-year-old boy.

It had its deadliest September since the early 1990s with 81 homicides, only three fewer than the 84 in September 1993.

October’s first weekend started off with 37 shootings and five fatalities.

Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown wants Chicago to keep the homicide number below 300. The city has not had that number in 60 years.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other Democrats consistently blame states with “virtually no gun control” on gun violence. It’s everyone’s fault except those in charge of Chicago.

Brown thinks the violence happens because the justice system “lets offenders out too soon.” He said the police must arrest violent offenders and keep them in prison.

But on the bright side other crime has fallen in the Windy City:

Despite rising gun violence, police say other crime has decreased in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the city. Overall crime fell 7% during the first 10 months of 2020 compared with the same time last year, the department said. The largest reduction in crime was theft, which dropped 27% from last year.


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Mayor Bulldyke said she had a way to cures this. I guess she meant they would at some point kill each other off.

The Friendly Grizzly | November 20, 2020 at 3:12 pm

It was at 709 this morning.

Stop criticizing the Great city of Chicago.

It’s mostly safe, after all.

Russ from Winterset | November 20, 2020 at 4:04 pm

Are the other crimes really down, or do Chicagoans just not bother to report anything short of catastrophic losses anymore?

Batman Johnson | November 20, 2020 at 4:25 pm

At this point, who cares? They voted for this, they got it. As Glenn Reynolds says “good and hard”.

    Given how much cheating went on this past election, I have a slight doubt that the people of Chicago actually voted for their current political leadership. Probably they did, but post November 3 we have entered an era where having doubts about ANY election is not just crazy talk. This is one consequence (among many) of bloodthirsty totalitarians getting power.

    At any rate, I don’t feel inclined to take ANYTHING the Communists and their pets in the media say at face value. Lying and scheming to gain power is natural and right to them, and it is foolish to pretend otherwise.

    beagleEar in reply to Batman Johnson. | November 21, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    That was H.L. Mencken, on the subject of Democracy.

Big deal. A Chicago record. How about going for the world record?

The Friendly Grizzly | November 20, 2020 at 5:14 pm

Left unsaid: the race of the vast majority of the shooters. Hint: same race as the ones being shot.

Disgraceful. This number was preventable.

Collateral damage in the politically congruent (“=”) city of diversity and exclusion.

Are they sure these were homicides, and not Covid infections?

Sure, let’s go with that. After all, every day, Chicago already has precisely the gun laws that Shannon Watts and Gabby Giffords pretend are necessary at the federal level to save a handful of school children elsewhere once every few years.

To play devil’s advocate, we don’t really know if “gun control” works in Chicago because recently-reelected Kim Foxx doesn’t enforce the laws. They disproportionately affect people of color. So police may seize an illegal weapon, only to have the perp released on recog bail and be back on the streets the same day.

    henrybowman in reply to Mr85. | November 22, 2020 at 12:02 am

    And as soon as that perp gets a new weapon without hardly breaking a sweat, the verdict is in: gun control doesn’t work.

I left there 35 years ago and haven’t regretted a day since.

Q: What would be the quickest way to immediately reduce firearms homicides in this country by 5%?

A: Nuke the south and west sides of Chicago.

    henrybowman in reply to MarkJ. | November 22, 2020 at 12:07 am

    At the peak of Al Qaeda terror after 9/11, the push was on to foist TSA on America come hell or high water.
    Indignant “safety advocates” accused opponents of “just wanting people to die,” and would ask questions like, “How would you feel if some terrorist hand-carried a suitcase nuke into the country and used it to take out one of America’s major cities?”
    My response was always, “Do I get to choose the city?”