[Ed. – Numbers updated since WaPo went to press. Emphasis added. Notice how “illegal” gun owners become simply gun possessors in the Police Super’s complaint.]
Chicago was yet again riddled with a flurry of shootings this Fourth of July weekend, with at least 47 wounded and nine killed, according to multiple media reports.
The numbers were down from last year’s holiday weekend after police increased their presence by nearly a third — 2014 saw over 80 shootings with 16 fatalities. Police also seized more than 80 illegal guns over the holiday, averaging around one per hour, DNA Info reported.
Some 3,400 illegal guns have been confiscated so far this year, according to the city’s police department.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy expressed his frustration with the gun situation at a news conference Sunday, standing beside tables filled with the various guns. McCarthy pleaded for harsher sentencing in illegal gun possession cases.
“It’s real simple,” he said at the conference. “Gun possessors are potential murderers. If they don’t learn a lesson for carrying the gun, they keep carrying the gun. They get into an argument, now instead of fighting, they shoot.”