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The Shootings in Chicago Continue

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According to the Chicago’s WBBM-TV web page, the police in Chicago are changing their response to the 911 calls they get beginning this week. They’ll no longer come right away to reports of things like criminal damage to property, vehicle thefts, garage burglaries, or other crimes in which the suspect is no longer on the scene, and the victim is not in immediate danger.

So basically the cops are telling the criminals to hurry up when you commit a crime and don’t linger around. If they follow that advice they will never see a cop. According to the CPD, the move will free up the equivalent of 44 police officers a day for patrol duties.

After a year in which Chicago’s death toll surpassed 500, the bloodshed has continued in 2013 at a rate of more than one killing a day. It was the city’s deadliest January in more than a decade with 42 people murdered which was the highest toll since 2002.

They keep counting the dead in the Windy City from gunfire.  Chicago is a city overrun by weapons despite having one of the strictest gun-control ordinances in the nation.  In 2012, Chicago police seized more than 7,400 guns — about three times more than  in New York. In the first three-plus weeks of this year, police seized 450 guns, compared with 99 in New York. Perhaps that explains homicides being up in Chicago and down significantly in New York.

Eight more people were shot this week from Monday morning through Tuesday night in Chicago with one becoming the 44th homicide in the city. When is it all going to stop?

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