Published On: Wed, May 31st, 2017

Gun control fails in Chicago, Memorial Day shootings leave 4 dead, over 50 injured as House votes to protect illegal immigrants

At least 53 people were shot and wounded and four were killed during Memorial Day Weekend violence in Chicago, the city in America with the strictest gun control laws. Meanwhile, the Illinois House approved measures to increase penalties for repeat gun offenders, automatically register people to vote and protect immigrants in the face of a federal crackdown during a busy Memorial Day.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the violence brought the number of shooting victims to nearly 1,500 for January 1 through May 30, 2017.

The violence brought the number of homicides to 242 with “at least 60 people were shot and killed” in May alone.

According to the Tribune, one of the last homicides of the holiday weekend was “a 15-year-old girl killed as she rode in a vehicle on North Lake Shore Drive with two older men.”

Chicago Police described the men as “gang members.” The girl was the youngest murder victim of the weekend.

Chicago PD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi noted that eight fewer people were killed over Memorial Day Weekend 2017 than over the same weekend in 2016.

He added that he would “never say it’s good until we can go an entire Memorial Day weekend without a single shot being fired.”

In addition to those wounded or killed via the criminal use of firearms, a woman was run over on Lake Shore Drive while fleeing armed men on Sunday. Her boyfriend was hit by a car while fleeing as well.

Back in April, former Obama aide and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested the violence in gun-controlled Chicago proves the need for more gun control. He specifically pushed for more regulations on Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders.

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The Illinois House passed legislation that would prohibit state law enforcement agencies from enforcing federal civil immigration laws. Under the measure, police wouldn’t be able to stop, arrest or search people because of their citizenship status. It also would ban officials from detaining someone solely based on an immigration detainer. Neither provision would apply if there’s “a valid, enforceable federal warrant.”

Republicans argued the state should leave immigration reform to Washington and shouldn’t pick and choose which federal laws to follow. Proponents contend the bill would assuage fears in the immigrant community and protect them from unfair searches.

“There’s this notion at the national level about law and order. And yes, we should have law and order, and we should have law and accountability,” said Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford. “However, that typically refers to criminal offenses. Simply existing without a piece of paper is not a crime.”

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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