Six people were killed this Memorial Day Weekend, including a 15-year-old girl, and at least 63 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago over Memorial Day weekend.
This year alone, 1400 have been shot and more than 250 killed. The total number of people shot during the weekend this year surpassed the 2015 holiday, when 55 people were shot, 12 fatally, over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend.
American politician from Illinois who has served as the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 2nd congressional district since 2013 Robin Kelly shared on Facebook:
'We cannot become numb to these shootings and accept them as 'routine.'
We need immediate action on this public health epidemic of gun violence.
An 'all of the above' approach is needed.
I am leading an initiative to curb gun violence with a new weapon: 'Jobs.' This plan is aimed at helping rebuild communities across the country and eliminating the root causes of gun violence. 'The UP Initiative,' (UP is short for Urban Progress) is my way of bringing together Members of Congress and community partners to reduce gun violence and increase economic opportunity.
There’s overwhelming public support for common sense gun reform. I urge my colleagues to stand with the American people and take action on ending gun violence with 'jobs' and comprehensive background checks.'
And Chicago Police Departmend shared on Facebook:
'CPD First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante gives an update on the incidents this weekend as well as the efforts of the Department to address the violence. This includes increased police patrols and partnerships with our partners in law enforcement. CPD is also pursuing positive leads in several cases. Thank you to our community partners advocating for a peaceful weekend.'
Gun laws in Illinois regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the state of Illinois in the United States.
To legally possess firearms or ammunition, Illinois residents must have a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, which is issued by the Illinois State Police to any qualified applicant. Non-residents who may legally possess firearms in their home state are exempt from this requirement.
Illinois has state preemption for certain areas of gun law, which overrides the home rule guideline in those cases. Some local governments have enacted ordinances that are more restrictive than those of the state in areas not covered by state preemption.