Gotta hand it to the people pushing gun control. They really have a point about making laws that take firearms out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. The thing is, as is being proven one weekend after another in Chicago, the American city with the tightest gun control laws, that simply means that only the criminals with no respect for human life have weapons.
So far this weekend in Chicago, in fourteen hours, 25 people have been shot including a toddler.
A 3-year-old boy was among seven people shot in a single incident in Chicago on Friday night as the city endured the start of another weekend of bloodshed and violence.
The toddler was one of 25 people shot in Chicago over a 14 hour span from Friday afternoon to early Saturday morning.
A 27-year-old man was killed after being shot in the chest and arm around 3pm Friday on Chicago’s South Side, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Police say the toddler was hit in his left shin in the Englewood neighborhood on the city’s South Side. He was transported to a children’s hospital and was in stable condition Friday night.
Most of the people injured in the shootout were on a sidewalk when shots rang out.
Another victim, a 27-year-old man, was shot in the torso and taken to St. Bernard Hospital. His condition was unknown, police said.
A third victim was taken by ambulance to the University of Chicago Medical Center, authorities said. His condition was also unknown.
Three more men, ages 26, 29 and 30, were also taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where their conditions stabilized.
The 29-year-old was shot in the left calf while the 30-year-old was shot in his left leg. The youngest man was hit in the left hand and leg.
A 38-year-old woman standing in a nearby backyard was hit by a stray bullet. She was treated on the scene.
The incident only added to an already crime-filled Friday in the Windy City, as frustration continues to mount over the violence.
“Today, a 3-year-old … part of a mass shooting … another mass shooting in Chicago. There’s something that needs to be done,” victim advocate and pastor Donovan Price said.
Yes, something needs to be done. Arm the good, upstanding citizens and let them shoot back. Then preach the sacredness of human life. It won’t solve all the problems, but it would be a start.