50 school-aged children have died so far this year in Chicago—on sidewalks, on streets, even inside a friend’s home. For parents living in neighborhoods where violence is a reality, even the most benign setting can feel unsafe and out of control.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has said that the seizure of illegal firearms is part of a crime fighting effort that has resulted in a significant drop in the number of homicides and shootings this year.
When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets asked about gun violence, he calls for three-year mandatory minimum sentences for people caught with illegal guns. Many researchers say he should hire more cops instead.