DAILY CALLER — In the first 100 days of 2016, 857 people were victims of shootings in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. There were 15 shootings on April 7 alone. The shootings are primarily just west and south of the city center.
The city is on pace to exceed the 2,988 shooting victims in 2015 as each month this year has exceeded the total number of shootings per month from the previous year. Every 2 hours and 48 minutes someone in the Windy City is shot.
On Feb. 15, Valerie Jarrett, Chicago resident and senior adviser to President Obama, appeared on the “Steve Harvey Show” to discuss President Obama’s executive orders regarding personally owned firearms. Jarrett pushed Chicago’s gun violence on Indiana, stating “right next door you have Indiana” with its loose gun laws. People are buying guns in Indiana and selling them in the “streets of Chicago out of the back of a truck.”
Obama, a strong supporter for gun control, is under fire on a national level for being too soft on convicted criminals who have committed a crime with a firearm. A March 31 letter from Republican Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch asserted that in the president’s recent release of criminals using executive clemency resulted in putting violent criminals back on the street. According to the letter, “33 were convicted of firearm-related offenses.”
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