The Chicago Tribune reports the year to date number of victims of deadly shootings are officially at 410 this 2017 Valentines Day.
This comes two weeks after President Trump tweeted, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!”
The Chicago Tribune reported that there has been an increase in shooting victims in the last year, with the numbers for January 2016 being lower. This shows that despite Chicago having strict gun laws, violent crime continues to increase.
For the year of 2016 Chicago totaled 4,367 victims of shootings. On the campaign trail, Trump frequently pointed at Chicago as an example for the need for tougher policing, and as a reason to keep random police stops. Since 2015, The Atlantic reports a drop in random street stops and searches. This may be a possible correlation to the rising murder rate.
Breitbart News reported more than 300 people were shot in the first 30 days of 2017 alone. The Tribune reported 302 shootings January 1 through January 30, which is an average of just over 10 a day for 30 days.
There have already been 70 homicides in Chicago year-to-date. There were 54 in the first 30 days of 2017 alone.
By January 22 of this year, it was clear Chicago was on a trajectory for another year of bloody streets and lost lives. According to the Tribune, ‘At least 228 people were shot in Chicago [January 1 through January 22, 2017],’ which was an increase of 16 victims above the number shot during the same period in 2016. And there were ‘at least 42 homicides” by January 22, marking a “23.5 percent … [increase from] the 34 homicides from the same period in 2016.’