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Chicago goes bonkers for 4th of July, 82 shot, 14 killed

For the 4th of July weekend gangbangers shot each other all over the city. Eighty-two people were shot and fourteen of those died.

The extreme far-left city government blamed “weak gun laws,” for the 4th of July bloodbath. Even though Chicago has some of the most draconian anti-gun laws in the entire United States.


At least 14 people were killed and dozens more wounded in Chicago over the holiday weekend, breaking a relative lull in a city that has been fighting a high-profile battle against the scourge of gun violence.

Chicago has been under scrutiny since 2012, when it was the only city in the nation to record more than 500 homicides. This year, Chicago had 172 homicides through June 30 — nine fewer than the same period last year and 82 fewer than during the first six months of 2012.

While homicides are slightly down, shooting incidents have increased in Chicago during the first half of this year. Police reported 833 shooting incidents at the end of June 2013 compared with 880 shootings as of June 29. The 14 killed over the holiday weekend are among 82 shot in Chicago from late Thursday to early Monday morning.

“Going into a holiday weekend like this, we obviously had a plan— [the] plan included putting hundreds of more officers on the streets at the times that we needed them and in the places we needed them,” said Chicago Police superintendent Garry McCarthy. “What were the results? The results were a lot of shootings and a lot of murders, unfortunately.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made reducing violence a top priority for his administration. Over the holiday weekend, Chicago police beefed up patrols, and McCarthy said police seized more than 100 illegal guns.

Most of this weekend’s incidents were on the city’s west and south sides, areas that suffer a disproportionate amount of Chicago’s gun violence. But one shooting incident ended not far from the doorstep of Emanuel, who lives in a leafy neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side.

In that incident, Kezon Lamb, 19, was killed when shots were fired at the vehicle he was driving in with two other people. After they were shot at, the trio sped away and tracked down a police officer about two blocks from the mayor’s home, according to the Chicago Tribune.