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Chicago Police Superintendent Speaks Out about Gun Violence, Says ‘Chicago’s got to Wake Up’

Chicago Police Superintendent Speaks Out about Gun Violence, Says ‘Chicago’s got to Wake Up’

By Chris Enloe for IJReview

“Chiraq” they call it; a blend of “Chicago” and “Iraq.” That’s because Chicago has one of the highest violent crime rates and gun crime rates in the nation.

Ironically, they also have some of the most strict gun control laws in the nation.

Early last week, 14 people were shot, six of them fatally, in a 15-hour period of violence in the city. One of those who died was a pregnant woman whose 11-month old baby was also shot and injured.

Addressing the violence in a press conference last Tuesday, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said:

“I apologize for my frustration and my anger but there comes a time when this has to stop.”

Chicago Mayer Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama administration official, said he was “angry” about his city’s violent reputation, while blaming guns for the violence:

“I’m going to try to control my anger. We have way too many guns in the city of Chicago.

“I think I speak for everybody when I say enough is enough.”

The 15 hours of violence came on the heals of a deadly and violentweekend in Chicago, which saw 52 people shot and four killed.

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