Chicago Police Superintendent Calls for More Gun Laws After Deadly Weekend

Ten people, including a seven-year-old boy, were killed in shootings in Chicago over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Police superintendent Garry McCarthy acknowledged that his department’s decision to increase the police presence in the city by 30% in anticipation of holiday violence had not prevented the killings – and called for more restrictive gun laws. To read the current gun laws for Illinois, you could visit You can also find the gun laws for all other states.

Last year 14 people were killed in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend.

“If you think that putting more cops on the street would make a difference, then take a look at the fact that we put a third more manpower on the street for this weekend,” McCarthy said.

“What’s the result? We’re getting more guns. Well, that’s great,” he said. “It’s not stopping the violence. And it’s not going to stop the violence until criminals are held accountable and something is done to stem the flow of these guns into our city.”

The youngest person killed this weekend was Amari Brown, seven, who was shot on Saturday night while watching fireworks with his father. McCarthy said that the gunfire was aimed at Brown’s father – who was described as a “ranking gang member” by police. A 26-year-old woman was also struck in the shooting.

Brown’s family told NBC Chicago that the best way to describe the child was as “a sweet, sweet little boy”.

Police said two young men shot on Friday from a car driving by Hadiya Pendleton park were also likely not the intended targets. The park is named after the 15-year-old who performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration with her high school band and was shot just more than a week later.

Read more in The Guardian.


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