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Chicago Says 438 Dead In 2012 Gun Violence

CHICAGO (UPI) — Chicago recorded 438 homicides so far this year, three more than in all of 2011, making it one of the most violent cities in the United States, officials say.

In a recent killing, a 33-year-old father of four was shot and killed Monday, an innocent bystander in a turf war between gangs, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.

The city’s homicide toll has made headlines around the world, a fact that is proving a challenge to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The total, however is nowhere near the record 790 recorded in 1974.

Emanuel said he’s proud of milestones the police department has achieved toward cutting the crime rate.

Crime is down 9 percent overall, the largest drop on record, he said. Emanuel noted the city has torn down 200 buildings in a campaign to eliminate hangouts for criminals. He added that crime this month dropped 30 percent from 2011, one of the biggest declines on record.

The city’s homicide rate has been declining for about two decades. In the early 1990s, Chicago recorded 900 homicides a year. Since 2004, the rate has been lower than 500 every year except 2008.

Compared to other major U.S. cities, Chicago’s homicide rate is still high, the Chicago Tribune reported.

New York, which has more than twice the Chicago population, had 339 homicides through Oct. 21, a drop of nearly 20 percent from a year ago. Los Angeles reported 238 homicides through Oct. 20, a dip of 1 percent.

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  • s c

    How can that be? Why, everybody knows that Chicago is America’s premiere city. Chicago is full of enlightened, upstanding citizens [and SO much more]. I can’t understand why people from Europe aren’t flocking to Chicago, so they can see how much they’ve been deprived of culture, business (LEGAL business, that is) and all the finer things of life.
    Yep, Chicago is where it’s at, folks. Of course, it also needs to be said that Chicago is also America’s Number One, home-away-from-home, Mecca for foreign DRUG CARTELS.
    Maybe some people just don’t like the idea of having so many gangs and drug cartel filth who think they own Chicago AND America. Go figure . . .

  • 45caliber

    Chicago can’t have this many deaths!! After all, they have some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country! Any liberal can tell you if you restrict (and get rid of) all guns crime will go down! It is illegal to even own one without a license. Surely someone has miscounted!

    • Warrior

      Not to worry anymore. The current crook county presidente has come up with a plan to solve the problem. Glad you asked. She has requested a 5 cent tax on bullets and 5 dollar added tax on guns sold in crook county. See, there are genuine simple solutions to every problem.

  • Anarchy

    Im guessing that was all sarcasm. It’s funny cause when I was a youngin I never knew how bad Chicago was. I did see my first dead body outside a ladies apartment who sold candy in second grade. She lived in the Ida b wells. But that was normal. Now that I live in fort worth Ive had a few nightmares about how life would have been if I grew up there. My dad banged and delt , we use to live off 63rd in engle wood. What ever it was that changed him I’m so greatful for man. Straight up. Lil niggas that I use to know didn’t make it past senior year, laid flat. The key to it all is a lack of father figure. With out a responsible dad your life can go anywhere, only so much a mom can do. And it’s really hard to make it when every one around you isn’t. I love Chicago but thank god for Texas.

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