Heavy gun violence continues to plague Chicago as the city has recorded this past Father’s Day weekend as its most deadly of the year. Between Friday (June 14) and Sunday (June 16), seven people were killed and 40 others injured in a string of shootings that proved more fatal than the city’s Memorial Day weekend totals.
The worst single incident reported occurred Friday night when a shooting led to one person being killed and 13 people injured. Another 13 shootings were recorded between Saturday and Sunday, resulting in the remaining six fatalities. The youngest victim was Michael Westley 15, who was shot by police after allegedly pointing a handgun at them.
Paradoxically however, Chicago spokesman Adam Collin reports that gun violence is down in the city overall. In an email statement, he compares this past weekend to previously more violent times in the city’s history.
“We had 8 fewer shooting incidents this weekend compared to the same weekend in 2012,” he wrote. “We’ve had fewer murders to date this year than any year since the mid-1960s.”
Collins addressed the city’s improvement with optimism, while asserting that there is still work to be done.
“There’s going to be good days and there’s going to be bad days, which is why we’ve been calling this progress, not victory,” he told The Chicago Tribune.
In a gun control report issued by the Obama administration Tuesday (June 18), it was reported that officials have “completed or made significant progress” on 21 of 23 proposed laws against gun violence in America.
"Passing common-sense gun safety legislation, including expanding background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime, remains the single most important step we could take to reduce gun violence," the report read.