While protests and looting captured media attention, it was just another bloody weekend in the gun-controlled Murder City. However, the Windy City managed to break its record after 60 years. Sixty years is just an understatement because there is no data past this period. The most gruesome murders were witnessed on Sunday, May 31, 2020, when 18 people were fatally shot in a single day.
From 7 p.m. on Friday, May 29 to 11 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2020, 85 people sustained gunshot wounds while 25 were already confirmed dead. Chicago's 911 hotline received 65,000 emergency calls, 50,000 more calls than are received in a single day. Police officers were overwhelmed by protesters, while residents said they witnessed many burglaries with no police intervention.
"On Saturday and particularly Sunday, I heard people saying all over, 'Hey, there's no police anywhere, police ain't doing nothing,'" Rev. Michael Pfleger told the Chicago Sun Times. "I sat and watched a store looted for over an hour. No police came."
Total strangers committed most of the random shootings. An 18-year old girl was shot in the head on 200 block of West Van Buren Street and died on the scene.
In Austin on the West Side on 5100 block of West Madison Street, a group of men standing outside was shot at. A 27-year old was hit on the leg and succumbed to the injuries while his two companions sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
A man was shot and killed by an unknown assailant in dark-colored Grand Prix while driving on the 900 block of East 93rd Street. He was shot in the head and crashed his vehicle before dying on the scene.
A 26-year old man was shot on the chest while driving on 4600 block of South Marshfield Avenue. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after. His passenger survived with gunshot wounds to his legs.
A man was found dead on 3900 block of West Madison Street with multiple gunshot wounds. Another man was dropped off at West Side hospital and pronounced dead shortly after.
Two men were shot and killed by someone in a black SUV in Calumet Heights on the South Side. They were driving in the 1600 block of East 95th Street. Both men died on the scene. More people died under random, inexplicable shootings carried out by strangers.
A man guarding Binny's Beverage Depot sustained gunshot wounds after looters invaded the shop. He was admitted and expected to recover.
Five teenagers were also among the injured. Teyonna Lofton, 18, was shot after her graduation. She had just completed her senior year at Perspectives Leadership Academy. She encountered the unfortunate even at a gas station while her family was holding a graduation ceremony. The assailant pulled up in an SUV and opened fire at a crowd injuring several people.
Mayor Lightfoot has failed to end Chicago's violence because she relies on failed policies. Banning firearms does not prevent criminals from obtaining them and using them against law-abiding citizens. However, it is unlikely that the liberals would accept the truth as long as it gives them a platform to run on. Our hearts go out to all the law-abiding citizens who have lost their loved ones or sustained injuries from the spate of crimes witnessed in the city.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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