Month

February 2016
ON SATURDAY, it was Kalamazoo, Mich. A gunman shot six people to death. Police said he randomly selected his victims as they went about the ordinary business of a winter weekend. On Sunday, it was Hazelwood, Mo., where a gunman killed a 37-year-old mother as she rode in her car. And Yazoo City, Miss., where a 25-year-old...
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Thirty-two people were shot in Chicago last weekend, the youngest among them a 3-year-old boy shot in the leg while he was outside playing tag.

Four homicides over the weekend and two more Monday morning pushed Chicago’s homicide count so far this year to 95, double the same period last year. The city has also more than doubled...
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Four homicides over the weekend and two more Monday morning pushed Chicago’s homicide count so far this year to double the same period last year. The city has recorded at least 95 homicides since the first of the year, compared to 47 last year, according to data kept by the  Tribune. The city has also more...
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Two men were shot to death and at least 14 other people, including a 3-year-old boy, have been wounded since Saturday afternoon in separate shootings across the city, according to Chicago police officials. Houses on the 5600 block of South Wolcott in Chicago where a young child was shot in the leg on Saturday, Feb....
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CHAMPAIGN — Providing information to police, increasing background checks for gun owners and dealers and doing a better job of securing guns in homes and vehicles were among the solutions suggested to curb gun violence at a town-hall meeting Monday. More than 110 people gathered at the University YMCA on Monday night meeting to talk...
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It’s yet to attract the attention of Hillary Clinton’s ad buys, much less Jeb Bush’s tweet. But issues of gun violence and gun rights look poised to drive another storyline during the 2016 election cycle: An unusually high number of the National Rifle Association’s allies in Congress face stiff reelection fights this year. Across both...
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Compelling article from a convicted murderer who used  gun obtained by straw purchase. Read the entire story here at The Quartz. On Sundays, I attend Protestant services at Attica Correctional Facility in New York. It’s my safe place. There’s a band, a choir, clapping, and hands-in-the-air yelling—“Thank you Jesus!” “Hallelujah!” Most prisoners are black with green...
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Cook County Commissioner Urges Governor to Declare State of Emergency Over Gun Violence The request comes days after the Chicago Police Department released startling crime statistics for the first month of 2016 … During the news conference, Boykin explained that he had three requests. He asked for neighborhood stabilization teams which would utilize agencies including...
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Mitchell: Time to make some noise about Chicago crime Read full story here at the Chicago Sun-Times The homicide figures for January were staggering: 51 murders and 292 gunshot victims. “It is totally unacceptable the violence that we saw, but we do know that the majority of the violence that we saw was gang related...
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We have some good news this week. Facebook is banning private, person-to-person sales of guns. The social network with 1.6 billion monthly visitors had become one of the world’s largest marketplaces for guns – a marketplace that did not require background checks. This announcement is a positive step toward stopping illegal online gun sales. Our...
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