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While fatalities from gun violence are down this year among Chicago Public School students, the number of young people shot during the 2011-12 academic year is up nearly 22 percent from last year, the highest number of students wounded by firearms in the last four years.
The Chicago Tribune reports that before the school year ended on June 15, 24 students had been fatally shot and 319 students were wounded by gunfire. That's four fewer fatalities than the 2010-11 school year, according to police data obtained by the newspaper.
Originally posted by AnonymousCitizen
Chicago has very strict gun laws. How in the world can this be happening? It's just not possible.
Originally posted by Honor93
reply to post by jhn7537
if your post is directed toward "school violence", why didn't you include statistics for that ?
are these youthful injuries the result of collateral damage, school shootings, gang violence, improper gun handling or just childish play with real guns that they were not supposed to have access to in the first place ??
am i sad so many are suffering ?? always.
as an empath, it is not escapable, but that doesn't change the impact of violence over guns.
if guns were less available in your area, do you believe the violence or the driving force behind it would cease ??
fair enough but i'm wondering if you have compared these injuries to those received from sports, bicycles, knives or bullies ?
I definitely believe that if guns were not so easily available here in Chicago it would cut down on the violence
that pretty much says it all -- wannabe thugs preying upon your children.
These are mainly gang related
this circles back to - no two cities are the same.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by Honor93
Victim? Unusual term. If 2 parties are committing a crime and one ends up dead is that person really a "victim"? Most shootings involve drug or turf/revenge killings. In my own city there are two or three gangs killing each other in a constant cycle of revenge. I can't possibly call them victims.