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Shootings Continue to Plague Region, Including Near Mayor's Home

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shooting, gun violence, Joliet criminal defense attorneyDespite being home to some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, the state of Illinois and, particularly, the city of Chicago continue to deal with exorbitant numbers of shootings and violent crimes on a daily basis. In the first eleven days of 2016, the Chicago Tribune has reported that 19 people have died and more than 100 others have been injured as the result of gun violence in the Chicagoland area. It seems that few neighborhoods are immune from the danger, as one of the fatal shootings occurred just a few blocks from the home of Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel.

Connections to Gang Activity

According to statistics maintained by the Tribune, this year's staggering numbers are about triple what they were just one year ago. During 2015's first week and half, nine people were fatally shot, with another 31 injured. Chicago Police are attributing the rise in violence to “chronic gang conflicts” and a glaring lack of cooperation on the part of gang members in criminal investigations. A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department issued a statement, indicating that many of the shootings have stemmed from “petty disputes between rival factions,” which have been “driven in part by social media commentary.”

More Gun Laws Needed?

“Every year, Chicago Police recover more illegal guns than officers in any other city,” the statement continued. “And as more and more illegal guns continue to find their way into our neighborhoods, it is clear we need stronger state and federal gun laws.” Although gun laws are already relatively tough in Chicago and throughout Illinois, reports indicate that nearly 60 percent of guns used in Illinois crimes originate in other states with more lax weapons statutes. The vast majority of out-of-state guns were obtained in the neighboring state of Indiana, leading many to believe increasing federal restrictions may provide some of the answers law enforcement officials are seeking.

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If you have been charged with a violent crime or any type of weapons offense, you need representation from a lawyer committed to protecting your future. Contact an experienced Will County criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. today. We will review your case and help you take the steps necessary in securing your rights. Call us to schedule a free consultation at one of our two convenient office locations.

Sources:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/120-people-shot-chicago-10-days-2016-article-1.2493741

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-more-than-100-people-have-been-shot-in-chicago-so-far-this-year-20160111-story.html

http://mic.com/articles/127842/this-is-how-chicago-gets-flooded-with-illegal-guns

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