Chicago, which for years, had some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, had several shootings over the weekend. These shootings bring the number of people shot in Chicago during the first 10 days of 2016 to over 100.
Among those shootings 19 were fatal.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi used the shootings to call for stronger state and federal gun control laws. According to a statement:
“Every year Chicago Police recover more illegal guns than officers in any other city, and as more and more illegal guns continue to find their way into our neighborhoods it is clear we need stronger state and federal gun laws,” Guglielmi said in the statement.
“So far this year, the majority of the gun violence we’ve seen are a result of chronic gang conflicts driven in part by social media commentary and petty disputes among rival factions. Despite an overall lack of cooperation from gang members, detectives are working aggressively and making optimistic progress in several cases.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently fired Chicago Police Commissioner Garry McCarthy following protests over the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.