Chicago—'Chiraq' —Needs to Get Serious on Guns
Emanuel calls for unity after dozens shot this weekend
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 22, 2014 12:01 PM CDT
Mayor Emanuel, police superintendent Garry McCarthy, and Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez listen as Cleopatra Pendleton, mother of slain teen Hadiya Pendelton, speaks last year in Chicago.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

(Newser) – This weekend saw 45 people, including six kids, shot in Chicago; the weekend before, it was 37. The city has a new nickname, writes Michael Daly for the Daily Beast, and it is not a happy one: "Chiraq." And the war there demands action from President Obama, Daly notes. "Until we do something about guns, don’t expect things to change overnight," police superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a press conference. Those caught with illegal guns—1,500 have been seized this year—face few consequences, McCarthy noted. "We’re drinking from a fire hose, seizing these guns, and people are back out on the street."

"If you don’t go to jail for gun possession, you continue to carry guns," McCarthy said. “You continue to carry guns, and people get shot." (Click for Daly's full piece.) Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on the city to unite against gun crime, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "Kids are immune now to the sound of gunfire," he told listeners near a local church. "I am done making these phone calls" to families of victims, he added. "I have no words to say anymore." But "us together are bigger than anybody else driving around in a car waving a gun."

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John Doll
Apr 24, 2014 1:11 AM CDT
Oh for certain it is a gun problem....not! Get serious with the gang problem first. However, Rahm and BO would never admit to that. You could seize every legally registered gun in the country and the death toll would continue at the same level in Chicago. The gangs have guns and they will never part with them. What a city.
honestjohn
Apr 23, 2014 9:21 PM CDT
"chicago........nees to get tough on guns". last i heard, chicago had some of the toughest gun laws on the books. maybe it's not the guns but the culture of the welfare system. you get stuck there you have little hope. so, what the hell.
Arthur Vandelay
Apr 23, 2014 3:41 PM CDT
it's the culture...maybe if they stopped having litter of kids by different baby mamas there would not be that many thugs. The Asians come to this country and get their medical, law degrees, PhD's etc., meanwhile back at the welfare plantation......