Seven people were killed in shootings this weekend. Chicago's homicide numbers in January are now at 40. As the end of the month is nearing, this is looking to be the most violent January in Chicago since 2002, where 45 people were killed during shootings.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was in Washington D.C. on Monday, January, 28, where he attended a meeting at the White House to discuss gun violence. McCarthy stated that the gun violence and heightening homicide rate is indicative of gang activity and the propagation of gun supply. With the increasing amount of shootings across Chicago, McCarthy has made it evident that laws will be put into place to increase the amount jail time for people caught with illegal weapons and for people who purchase weapons for convicted felons.
Law Enforcement in Chicago has been very active in the seizing of firearms so far this year. Chicago leads the nation with 574 firearms already seized in 2013. With a decrease of illegally owned firearms, stricter gun laws, and gang violence reduction strategies, authorities in Chicago will continue to fight the violence that has been abnormally prevalent all over the city recently.