In an effort to convince the House and Senate to stay in session to address Chicago’s gun violence, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called gun control the “weak link” in the city’s public safety chain. Emanuel called for stiffer sentencing — a three-year minimum sentence for gun crimes that would require perpetrators convicted to serve at least 85 percent of their sentenced time — comprehensive background checks before gun purchases and a revised and strengthened assault weapons ban.
“Gun control ... is the weak link in the chain of public safety for the city of Chicago," Emanuel said. "Our police are doing an effective job. They need to do better. But, they are doing an effective job. We are investing in our kids by making sure they have the type of after-school programs and summer jobs at an unprecedented level. Each year, we’re growing each of those investments for our kids to be in a safe, secure area. We also challenge our parents to do the right thing ... The city of Chicago, to further drive its shooting and homicide rate down, needs a number of things.”
It has been reported that there were 38 shooting incidents during the Fourth of July weekend with 10 people killed.
Emanuel pointed out that if the city had stricter sentences for gun crimes, there were more than 100 incidents in 2013 that would have been prevented because the perpetrators would have been incarcerated, The Sun Times reported.
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“The most recent case was the individual who shot the 5 year old in the park," Emanuel said. "If we had a three-year minimum and an 85 percent truth in sentencing, just like New York City has, that person would have been behind bars rather than out shooting into a crowd in one of our parks.”
Emanuel went on to talk about carrying concealed weapons.
“They tried to create a bill that represented the whole state," Emanuel said. "I think it’s essential ... they understand that Chicago is different than Downstate. And we had a stark reminder of that this weekend. So, we have to have a way to protect our citizens. That doesn’t mean just on concealed carry. I would hope that the Legislature goes back to work and gives us a three-year minimum for anybody committing a gun crime."