Chicago homicides total 42 for 2013 so far, including Hadiya Pendleton, 15, murdered in Chicago days after marching with her school band at President Obama's inauguration. If last year's record repeats itself, Hadiya's murder will likely go unsolved.
In 2012, Chicago racked up 506 murders (elsewhere reported as 513), making the city America's murder capital. Disturbingly, only 25 percent of the murders were solved, as reported by dnainfo.com. One of the biggest difficulties in solving violent crimes is "a pervasive 'no-snitch code,'" according to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. Most of the murders are committed by "teenage boys and young men."
Despite the fact that most of the homicides take place in areas where "joblessness and poverty seem entrenched," Mayor Rahm Emanuel is doubling down on efforts to reduce guns, even though Chicago already "has in place byzantine restrictions on handgun ownership," as reported by Yahoo News. The Mayor has been focusing on pressuring companies to stop investing with gun manufacturers. This is another example of punishing law-abiding citizens for the unlawful actions of the criminals.
The problem is not guns. If most of the crime takes place in "the neighborhoods with the highest rates of unemployment, school dropouts, teenage pregnancies, HIV/AIDs infections, and other public-health problems..." as stated by Arthur Lurigio, a criminal justice professor at Loyola University in Chicago, then that is where the focus should lie.
The excessive number of Chicago homicides can be traced to cultural problems that more gun control will not likely solve.
It hasn't so far.
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