It’s a helluva town

We’ve mentioned Chicago before, but the number of murders there is getting to be truly remarkable. So far this year there have been more than 600.

With eight week to go before the end of the year, it’s obvious that on the current trend the city might approach 1974’s peak of 970 murders.

Most of the deaths are due to gunshots; Chicago had more than 350 shootings in October.

At the same time as this rise in Chicago’s murders, the overall national US murder tally is still much less than it was.

In 1990 the US had around 23,000 murders, compared with about 15,000 in 2015, while during those 25 years the population rose by 72 million people.

According to Chicago police, by the end of October they confiscated more than 7,000 guns this year, about one gun per hour.


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