Chicago on pace for fewest murders in 48 years
Six months ago, I wrote HERE that Chicago’s reputation as the murder capital of America is pure bunk.
The truth of the matter is that on a per-capita basis, Chicago’s homicide rate is not even in the top 25 among American cities.
And now, as 2013 nears its end, we have THIS NEWS:
Chicago closed out the first 11 months of 2013 with 380 murders, a drop from 474 in the same period of 2012, according to police data. That’s the fewest for any year in Chicago since 1965, according to Adam Collins, the Chicago Police Department Director of News Affairs.
In a city that in recent years has been torn apart by brutal gang slayings and bloody street scuffles, shootings are down 25 percent and overall crime is down 15 percent compared to the same reporting period in 2012, according to Collins.
By midnight on Nov. 30, Chicago had seen a total of 1,712 shootings (a drop from 2,291 in 2012).
“We’re doing a lot better than we were doing before,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told NBC News. “Very significant work is being done by the men and women of this police department.”
Meanwhile, authorities have also made headway in the fight against illegal gun possession. In the last 11 months, police recovered a staggering 6,372 illicit firearms, McCarthy said.
McCarthy told NBC Chicago that stemming the city’s murder rate is tied to putting a lid on the number of shootings.
“You prevent shootings, you lower the murder rate. It’s that simple,” McCarthy said. “In a city where 87 percent of our murders are by gunshot, if we continue to keep reducing the gunshots, the murder rate will come down.”
Earlier this year, Chicago was beset by a spate of gruesome murders that made the city synonymous with gun violence in the eyes of many Americans.
The carnage made the city a crucible in the hot-button nationwide debate over the prospect of new state and federal gun control legislation following the shooting deaths of 20 young children and six adults in Newtown, Conn.