Chicago’s battle with gun violence continues to severely endanger residents’ lives, and according to The Chicago Tribune, a new number of homicides recorded this year seeks to emphasize the urgency of the troubling matter in the national spotlight.
The publication reports that over the Labor Day weekend, the city saw its 500th homicide, making that holiday time period the deadliest since five out of the 66 people shot on Fourth of July died, and six out of 69 people who were shot Memorial Day weekend passed away. For Labor Day weekend, 13 out of the 65 people shot were pronounced dead.
CNN reports that this year is Chicago’s deadliest in terms of homicide rates within two decades. On the subject of other large cities, New York and Los Angeles’ combined homicide rate for 2016 is 409. For the entirety of 2015, Chicago recorded 491 homicides.
In a statement issued earlier this month, Chicago police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, called for a change. “Repeat gun offenders who drive the violence on our streets should not be there in the first place and it is time to change the laws to ensure these violent offenders are held accountable for their crimes.”