It was the bloodiest July in ten years in the Windy City, according to the Chicago Tribune, where 65 people were killed in a metropolis that stubbornly has battled against gun rights advances in Illinois including concealed carry.
As the month ended, the newspaper noted that July wasn’t as bad as June, when 72 people lost their lives. So far this year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times – which keeps a grim count of the dead and wounded – as of July 31 there were 381 homicides in the city. That’s up 44 percent over the 2015 figure through July 31 of last year.
This is the city that was brought to its knees by the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago, a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation. The landmark high court ruling nullified the city’s handgun ban and also incorporated the Second Amendment to the states via the 14th Amendment.
Since then, SAF has had to bring other legal actions against the city to challenge its hastily-assembled gun control ordinance. The organization also pushed a lawsuit that forced state lawmakers to adopt a concealed carry permitting law. At the same time, the National Rifle Association also brought legal actions that challenged the city and the state.
Still, the city is awash in violence, while its leaders insist that their gun control agenda is the right thing. Even the Cook County “gun violence tax” hasn’t accomplished a thing.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson openly wonders why the West and South sides “have been taking the brunt of the gun violence,” the Tribune said.
While nearly 400 people had been murdered by the end of July, last year’s total homicide count was 490. If the city continues on its present course, that number will fall by the wayside sometime in October.
Chicago has been under Democrat control for decades. It’s the city deliberately overlooked by Democrat gun control proponents, including President Barack Obama, when they argue about the success of restrictive gun laws.