Three Mass Shootings Who Cares? When Chicago’s Body Count is at 282

Editors Note:  Big deal, a 19-year-old perpetrator kills three in California, followed by twenty-two killed in El Paso, TX and nine more in Dayton, OH. These numbers are just drops in the bucket compared to the number of people killed in the Chicago metro area. And since mainstream media do not report on that and do not seem to care about this continuing tragedy, why should we get worked up over another 34 dead? I guess it does not fit media's anti-gun agenda? (Warning to SnowFlakes. This article title and ed's note use sarcasm to make a point, do not mistakenly report that we somehow have no sympathy. When, in fact, we are doing more to highlight the truth.)

Imagine this is what you see in the rearview mirror.
Chicago’s Body Count at 282 and That’s “Good” News?

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Windy City so far this year, through the end of July, has logged 282 homicides, and that’s the good news!?

Actually, outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, it’s not making much news at all, overshadowed by high-profile incidents in California, El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH.

For July, the Chicago newspaper reported, “The 43 murders and 231 shootings reported in July alone were also the lowest for the month since 2016, and down from 64 murders and 264 shootings last year, police said.”

According to the popular website heyjackass.com, July saw 40 people “shot and killed” out of 45 total slayings. Even considering the slight disparity between the website’s numbers and those of the Sun-Times, it’s not exactly the sort of thing one cheers about, and the national media does not appear to be paying much attention.

There has been far more reporting over the past few days focusing on the mass shooting at the Gilroy, Calif., Garlic Festival, where three people died, and another 15 were wounded. The killer in California, identified as Santino William Legan, use a semiautomatic rifle legally purchased in Nevada, but subsequently showed the failure of California’s strict gun control laws by bringing it into the Golden State, where such rifles are banned. He brought it into a gun-free zone by cutting through a fence at Christmas Hill Park to avoid gate security and opened fire.

The cowardly shooter apparently shot and killed himself in less than 60 seconds after opening fire, before our good guys with guns could arrive.

Yet the tragic incident in California got national headlines, and the media tends to ignore the ongoing slaughter in Chicago.

The Sun-Times report noted that homicide had declined in the city 11 percent from the same period in 2018 when 321 slayings had been reported. Likewise, the number of shootings also fell 11 percent from last year at this time.

Over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, according to the newspaper, 68 people were shot, and five of them were killed.

While most people consider Chicago to be the nation’s murder capital, that dubious distinction might belong to Baltimore, which has been prominent in the news last week because of a twitter war being waged by President Donald Trump and local Congressman Elijah Cummings. The veteran Capitol Hill Democrat has defended his district after the president pointed to the squalor in some neighborhoods. Even a live news report the other day was highlighted by the sudden appearance of a large rat scampering along the wall of what once must have been a building.

The president said Cummings’ district is dangerous and that might apply to the city as a whole. So far this year, Baltimore—a city of less than 620,000—has racked up 196 murders so far in 2019, 38 of them in July, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Seattle, where the population is estimated at more than 755,000, has listed six (6) homicides so far this year, a remarkably low number considering the city is in Washington’s King County, where about 15 percent of the state’s active concealed pistol license holders reside. According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, as of Aug. 1 more than 627,000 Evergreen State residents are licensed to carry.

Perhaps the moral here is that all of those Evergreen State citizens are legally-armed, while people committing murder and mayhem in Chicago and Baltimore aren’t. That’s another bit of information the media consistently fails to report. If gun control proponents were right about too many guns in private hands, Seattle should be stacking up corpses like cordwood, so it must be that legally-armed private citizens aren’t nearly as big a problem as the gun prohibition lobby would have the public believe. At least, that’s the perspective of activists in the firearms community.

It is possible to get a concealed carry license in Illinois and carry in Chicago. It is difficult to get a carry permit in Maryland, and lawful concealed carry in Baltimore by armed private citizens is rare.

Returning to Chicago, according to heyjackass.com, the highest number of murder victims were killed with bullets to the head (85), and the second-highest number were shot in the chest (63). Far more people have been wounded in the back (128) than killed from behind (21) so far this year, while headshots are about twice as fatal as those that just wounded people (43).

So far this year, the website reports, five people have been killed in self-defense, and another seven have been wounded. Last year, there were four self-defense killings, and 14 people were wounded, and in 2017, 13 people were killed in self-defense while only eight were wounded.

Five months remain on the 2019 calendar, so there is plenty of time for Chicago to ramp up the mayhem, and some of it might be self-fulfilling. According to heyjackass.com, so far this year 30 people have accidentally shot themselves while taking selfies. Eighty people have been shot in the buttocks, according to the website’s “shot-in-the-Ass-O-Meter.”

There is one other category posted on the website, and it tells the number of homicides that have happened under mayoral administrations dating back to 1955.

Under Mayor Richard J. Daley, there were 10,910 murders during his tenure (1955-1976). Under his son, Richard M. Daley, a whopping 14,653 people were killed on his watch (1989-2011). Both were ardent anti-gunners. Under Rahm Emanuel, the city saw 4,535 slayings (2011-2019), followed by Harold Washington (1983-1987) at 3,295; Jane Byrne (1979-1983) 3,202; Michael Bilandic (1976-1979) 2,408, and Eugene Sawyer (1987-1989) with a paltry 978 killings.


About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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willyd
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willyd

Deolorable Bill: Grew up during the same time period, how true in what you said, different time. We went to school to learn, not all kinds of rights that you didn’t have to learn, give the teachers a hard time, History was taught not up to be questioned or changed, how through our mistakes, we learned and have tried to correct those mistakes, Civil War, Slavery, Women’s Right to Vote, some of the big ones, it is changed for the better, not torn down or changed to fit the mood or day that somebody doesn’t like it, like you said… Read more »

pieslapper
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pieslapper

In all these utopias run by democrats it’s ok if we kill each other, that violence isn’t part of the narrative, yet we keep electing the same clowns over and over.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Yep, all the insanely strict and invasive gun laws and gun free zones and we still see murder and injury. It is likely that Wall Mart has gun free zone sighs same thing with the bar in Ohio. Chicago is widely known for it’s anti gun stance and laws. What we are seeing are merely symptoms. When I was in grade school it was not uncommon to bring your rabbit gun to class. Things were different back then. We stood with our hands over our hearts during the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance. We bowed our head at… Read more »

Mark-Z
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Mark-Z

Is that the same book that said something about somebody using the jawbone of an ass as a weapon? I agree with much of what you say, I am just not sure that a return to those kind of values will be simple or easy given that the Supreme Court will have much to say about it. Madeline Murray O’Hare did not do us any favors, that is for sure.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Yes Sir, it’s the very same BOOK. It took from the early 60’s to get us where we are now. It will likely take another 50 years to get us back where we belong. M.M.H. and her close family wound up in pieces under a rusty gate in Texas someplace. I doubt it was an accident. More likely it was retribution for what she had forced upon us all. If the history lessons in that BOOK are correct (I believe they are) and knowing America is one of only two nations founded upon that BOOK and knowing the Author of… Read more »

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mlhtd51

Demonrats are America’s New Domestic Terrorist Party. Demonrat Shooter, the shooting happened in a Demonrat District. A Demonrat was the First to BASH President TRUMP. Demonrats have done Nothing but BASH and HARASS this President for the past 2.5 Y.ears. Demonrats on a Six Figure Salary are Worth Millions. Did Demonrats Stage these Mass Shootings for Political Gain?? Now they want More Gun Laws, Open Boarders, Free Health Care for All, Free College, Open up a $1,000 Savings Account for Every Newborn, Government Paid. I Could go On, then I think about the Indians that were here before us. No… Read more »

tomcat
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tomcat

Detroit has been ruled by democrats every sense I can remember. It use to claim the title of the murder capitol of the world but the auto industry moved out and left the town penniless and not even enough money to buy guns or ammo. that includes street lights and clean water. The muzzies bought houses there for $10,000 or less. Now it is coming back to be a meager fraction of what it use to be and full of tablecloth heads. In other words, the democrats ran the city into the ground and it became a waste land. Good… Read more »

willyd
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willyd

Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, and most of the cities that have super strict gun laws are failing by falling on their own swards, their pipe dream is that the guns are brought into their cities illegally, once again not by law abiding gun owners but by criminals, which don’t follow any laws that Politicians pass!!!! The news media will never cover that news as they are getting their own kick back not to rock the boat as to what is really going on in their cities and doesn’t fit with the libs policies to disarm the G/Q public !!!!!!!!

Huapakechi
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Huapakechi

Re: chicago and the other liberal murder capitals across the nation. They’ve elected and kept incumbent their own socialist royalty to govern and “protect” their interests.

No sympathy for a self inflicted wound.

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24and7

In Chicago Baltimore Los Angeles and Etc ect, minorities are the ones killing one another.. the government doesn’t care if they kill one another.. the liberal politicians and the entertainment industry actually encourages them to do that.. the war of the Liberals and mainstream media is on Caucasian peoples’ gun ownership.. if you don’t believe me listen closely to the news media… it’s all about disarming Caucasians, especially White men.. not only that but the mainstream media, liberal/radical politicians and the entertainment industry encourages anger and racism towards people of Caucasian descent.. all of these industries are controlled and dominated… Read more »

MS-Steve
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MS-Steve

Gotz ta let da brothas “do dey thang”….. else you’ll be labeled a racist.
So let da hoodrats, da bangas, da skreet thugs, da dope dealers, and the easily disrespected / annoyed rake da hood wif hot lead…. I saw hand out extra boxes of ammo at da welfare office and with every log of gubmint cheese.

MajorMike
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MajorMike

MS-Steve,
Wow! I love my country, I love my guns, but I’m embarrassed by this type of adolescent racist “humor”.
If you can’t contribute meaningfully to the discussion, please just let the adults talk.
Grow up.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

And don’t forget the dead still vote in those “DEMOCRACIES”

Will
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Will

Chicago murder is almost 100% African on African gang/drug related crime. The liberals will continue to destroy the city too.

ras52
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ras52

Elijah Cummings and all of the named Mayors are the worst rats in Chi Town.

ExGob
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ExGob

Elijah Cummings is a democratic congressman from Maryland whose current primary concern is probably the city of Baltimore.

Circle8
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Circle8

Elijah Cummings does not have any concern about Baltimore. If he did there would be an attempt by him and the other politicians to clean it up. Next you will state the politicians care about other major crime centers like Chicago, Philly and more. They are too busy lining their pockets, some do not even live in their districts but keep an address in a flop house so they can claim residency. Most get into politics with very little and come out millionaires. Look at CLINTONS, OBAMA and so many more. They can not qualify for a home loan but… Read more »