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500th Person Shot To Death In Chicago In 2017

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The 500th person to die in Chicago as the result of a shooting in 2017 was killed Oct. 6 on the city's South Side.

An 18-year-old man was shot at around 4:45 p.m. and was found by police officers soon afterward, WMAQ reported.

A few hours later, two 17-year-old boys suffered wounds after being shot in the knee and leg. They both went to the hospital, where their conditions were stabilized.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, homicides have been responsible for 535 deaths in 2017. In 2016, Chicago reached 500 homicide deaths one week earlier, on Sept. 29. 

President Donald Trump frequently mentioned high levels of gun violence in the city, as well as Chicago's tough gun laws, during his presidential campaign. He argued that this proved tightening gun laws would not reduce the number of shootings.

This contention was reiterated Oct. 2 by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders following the mass shooting in Las Vegas which claimed the lives of 59 people.

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"I think one of the things that we don't want to do is try to create laws that won't ... stop these types of things from happening," stated Huckabee Sanders, according to DNAinfo. "I think if you look to Chicago, where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes last year, they have the strictest gun laws in the country. That certainly hasn't helped there."

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel challenged the Trump administration's view Oct. 3.

"I really do wish that once in this administration they would take responsibility and accountability for something," stated Emanuel.

"Chicago's gun laws are no different than New York and Los Angeles," Emanuel said. "What is different is New York is right next to New Jersey and Connecticut, which have similar gun laws. We are next to Indiana and Wisconsin."

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In a 2014 report, the authors came to the conclusion that most of the guns in Chicago were coming from out of state.

"If you really want a gun, you can just drive over the Indiana border, and get whatever you want," Emanuel added. "That is why you need national gun legislation that prevents gang members or criminals from getting their hands on an assault weapon that is not meant for the streets of any urban center."

Democratic Rep. Robin Kelly blamed Indiana and Wisconsin as the sources for Chicago's guns. Vice President Mike Pence was the governor of Indiana prior to joining the Trump administration, while Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan represents a Wisconsin district.

Sources: WMAQ, DNAinfo / Featured Image: Steven Vance/Flickr / Embedded Images: Max Pixel (2)

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