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Old 02-15-2013, 01:53 AM   #55
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Tell me some more about how gun control fixes everything...

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2...nal-gun-debate

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Since Jan. 1, Chicago police have recorded 2,364 shooting incidents and 487 homicides, 87 percent of them gun-related. Shootings have increased 12 percent this year and homicides are up 19 percent.

Young people are often targets. In the school year that ended in June, 319 Chicago public school students were shot, 24 of them fatally. The total does not include school-age children who had dropped out or were enrolled elsewhere.
So the city with the strictest gun control is headed to its 500th homicide and the heavy bulk of them are from guns. Is there any surprise that people who can't fight back are the usual targets?

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One puzzle is that gun violence has remained high in Chicago while the incidence of other crimes has fallen.

“Our struggle is with violence and particularly gang violence and more specifically gun violence,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy told WBEZ radio this week. He cited free-flowing weaponry on Chicago’s streets as a major challenge for the 12,500 members of the city’s police force. Seizing guns, he said, offers limited benefit, with Chicago already claiming guns at a rate three times greater than Los Angeles and nine times higher than New York.

“We’re in a position where we’re drinking from a fire hose,” said McCarthy, who also served in Newark and New York City. “Guns are bought legally and transferred illegally, and those are the guns that are ending up killing people here.”
So not gun show loop holes but straw purchases, which BTW are already illegal, are the guns that end up killing people. Oh, and seizing guns offered what?

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Tio Hardiman, director of CeaseFire Illinois, says gun violence should be seen not just as a crime but as a public health scourge. In addition to doing “a lot more to stop the flow of illegal guns coming into the city,” he said, authorities should pay more attention to mental health and help the most vulnerable young people.

“You have to address the thinking,” Hardiman said.

“At this point, it’s about reaching the kids that can be reached. Trying to help them achieve something,” Smith said, adding that Obama and the federal government could help in a time of debilitating city and state budget deficits. “If they had more programs for the youth, more things for them to get involved in, they wouldn’t be out here on the streets doing what they’re doing.”
Paying attention to mental health and reach youths while they are still impressionable. Turn them away from crime and work to give them a future that will allow them to get themselves and their family out of the shit hole.
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