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Assault Weapon Used In 13-Person Chicago Shooting: ‘Miracle’ There Were No Fatalities

The shooting occurred on a basketball court in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
The shooting occurred on a basketball court in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

A mass shooting occurred Thursday night in Chicago. The shooting did not receive around-the-clock coverage on news networks, but two gunmen reportedly left 13 people with non-life threatening wounds, with the youngest victim at age 3 and others ages 15 through 41. In a press conference Friday, police superintendent Garry McCarthy described the gunman’s weapon as a high-capacity, assault-style rifle that belongs on the “battlefield, not on the street or a corner or a park.”

“It’s a miracle in this instance that there have been no fatalities based upon the lethality of the weapon used at the scene,” he said, according to the Associated Press.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the toddler’s uncle had died just weeks ago from a gunshot wound over Labor Day; two months earlier, 46 people were shot in the city’s bloodiest weekends of the year.

As conservatives like to point out, Chicago already has stricter gun laws relative to the rest of the country, which includes a ban on assault rifles.

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But the city really provides a stronger case for why federal law is needed to close gun violence loopholes. Because Illinois and neighboring states have looser regulations that feed the violence, straw purchasers can still supply firearms and sell guns, without background checks. Seized guns in Chicago typically come from one of two sources: Outside the city, or other states.