Cities across the United States have reported a disconcerting spike in violent crime in recent months — and Chicago, Illinois, seems to consistently rank near the top of any such list.
According to local reports, there were 54 people shot, nine of whom died, on the streets of the Windy City over the past weekend alone.
Troubling trend continues
As Breitbart chronicled, two victims were killed in a single drive-by shooting early Saturday on South Saint Louis Avenue. A 34-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene while a 29-year-old male was suffering from fatal injuries when first responders arrived and died a short time upon arriving at an area hospital.
Less than an hour later, a 31-year-old male was found in another neighborhood. Marwin Sanders-Price was reportedly shot multiple times and was declared dead after he was transported to the hospital.
A string of other fatal shootings followed, including a 21-year-old male shot following an argument, a 33-year-old male standing next to his vehicle during a drive-by shooting, and a 27-year old male assisting a motorist.
Of course, this weekend’s shooting numbers hardly represent an anomaly in a city where more than 3,100 individuals have been fatally shot thus far this year.
Despite complaints from some conservatives that her policies have exacerbated the problem, Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot has frequently addressed the need to effectively combat the rise in gun violence.
“Too many funerals and too much trauma”
In July, the mayor responded to an uptick in violent crime with a clear message.
“Gun violence is the number one issue plaguing the city in this moment,” she said, asserting that it demands her attention every day.
Lightfoot went on to acknowledge that residents of her city are “just plain scared” of becoming the next victim.
“This reality is what pains me, personally, the most,” the mayor said. “We have experienced too much bloodshed in this city. Too many funerals and too much trauma.”
While her rhetoric is sure to resonate with frightened Chicagoans across the ideological spectrum, there is still plenty of uncertainty regarding whether her administration will seek to address fundamental issues that have contributed to the persistently high crime rate across much of the city.