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December 28th, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Chicago hits 500 homicides this year

Escalating gang violence has raised Chicago's murder tally for 2012 to 500, up 50 from 2011. Don Lemon speaks with Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass about the crisis.

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  1. Eric21

    The toughest gun laws in the country.... And they still have a near record breaking murder rate this year. GUN CONTROL DOES NOT WORK, Criminals do not obey the law. If you outlaw guns all you do is create a society of helpless victims.

    December 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  2. taz101

    way to go john kass rip rahm and McDummy a new one right on cnn for those that don't know for the past few months the mayor and the supernintendo have been fudging #'s left and right but they can't stop the funerals that keep happening
    watch over 510 by new years

    December 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  3. ken

    500 murders in obamas home town, and 48,000 murders since obama has been in office. Trillions on homeland security but the murders and rapes continue. A women is raped every 3 minutes in the u.s. but one rape in india seems to get the cnn headlines.

    December 29, 2012 at 6:42 am |
  4. John

    If we make our military a service draft for everyone, we will begin to think differently about how we share violence in the U.S.

    December 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  5. Mayuri Rao

    I am watching the Interview with the Chicago Police Superintendent on the subject of the 500 homicides and gun battles. There is a very daunting phenomenon. Gangs perhaps remain a valid cause and negative influence. However I would like to ask " what role is widespread drug and alcohol abuse playing, why does the media portray cannabis usage and use of drugs in such a frivolous manner in sitcoms, the movie Ted etc, why was cannabis legalized when it has been proven to be a gateway drug? Where are the positive role models for youth to aspire to? We grew up in my country South Africa thinking of the US as a leading country with values and respectable people – but this image is fast being eroded.

    December 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
  6. Dan Edwards

    Ron Emanuel wants to disarm every law abiding citizens in America so murder everywhere else go up and Chicago don't look so bad.

    December 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
  7. derek

    I ve lived in Chicago my whole life. I know people WAY up there and people WAY down there. I know gang bangers. A woman got shot in the face a few days ago a few feet from my front door. I know the problem. I know the solution. MUCH HARSHER laws for gang bangers killing people. Your program speak as if these people are victims. WRONG... oh so wrong. They MAKE the victims.
    So what happens if you take a life here? You get food, shelter , and medical attention at the expense of tax payers. IT IS NOT A DIFFICULT SOLUTION. How much would the homicide rate would drop if a harsh ,expedited death penalty was introduced? It would plunge.
    Im sick of the well paid talking heads and so called experts scratching their heads as people run around like animals killing the innocent. MAKE PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE!!!!

    December 30, 2012 at 1:33 am |
  8. Jermaine

    This is a disgrace for the city a disgrace for the united states how is this happening in one of the most popular cities in the US and this is happening in our presidents backyard this has to come to a stop society has to confront these gangs and criminals and say enough is enough we cannot stand by and watch our women children and law abiding citizens live in fear of going outside of there own homes in fear that they may never return to them

    January 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
  9. Mark McKellar

    Chicago has THE toughest gun laws in the country, WHY is the murder rate so high? When you outlaw guns only the outlaws will have guns. Gun conttrol does NOT work.

    January 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
  10. Will

    Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report 2011
    More likely to be Robbed by strong-arm than a firearm.

    Robbery 2010 2011
    Strong-arm 130,526 126,119
    Firearm 128,931 122,300
    Knife 24,331 23,043
    Other Weapon 27,151 25,819

    If Assaulted, more likely to be beaten with hands and feet or some other blunt object than a firearm or knife

    Assault 2010 2011
    Hands/feet 182,985 172,931
    Other Weapon 222,154 207,435
    Firearm 137,270 136,371
    Knife 126,813 121,786

    January 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm |
  11. Will

    In 2011, a rifle was the least likely weapon used to commit murder.

    More than twice as likely to have been beaten (fists and feet) to death than to be killed with a rifle.
    More than 5x more likely to have been killed with a knife than with a rifle.
    More than 5x more likely to have been killed with a non-firearm (baseball bat, brick, etc) than with a rifle.
    Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2011

    Total murders 12,664
    Total firearms 8,583
    Handguns 6,220
    Cutting instruments 1,694
    Firearms (type unknown) 1,684
    Other weapon 1,659
    Hands, fists, feet 728
    Shotguns 356
    Rifles 323

    January 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm |
  12. Will

    Soo..... With all of the crazy numbers being posted on what kills Americans I found The Center for Disease Control 2011 report. It looks like guns are not even in the top 40!!!

    Some of the data:

    All major cardiovascular diseases 778,503
    All malignant neoplasms 575,313
    Ischemic heart disease 374,601
    malignant neoplasms of trachea, bronchus and lung 156,614
    Lower respiratory diseases 130,059
    cerebrovascular disease 128,931
    other forms of heart disease 120,188
    Alzheimer's 84,691
    Diabetes mellitus 73,282
    malignant neoplasms all other and unspecified 65,248
    heart failure 59,544
    malignant neoplasms of colon, rectum, anus 52,243
    Pneumonia 52,136
    Symptoms, sign and abnormal lab findings 47,747
    Renal Failure 43,682
    malignant neoplasms of breast 41,271
    Drug induced death 40,239
    malignant neoplasms of pancreas 37,371
    Septicemia 35,539
    Motor vehicle accidents 34,677
    Accidental poisoning and exposure to noxious substances 33,554
    Hypertensive heart disease 33,383
    Other respiratory diseases 32,693
    malignant neoplasms of prostate 27,929
    renal disease 27,477
    Falls 26,631
    Alcohol induced death 26,256
    Parkinson's 23,107
    malignant neoplasms of Leukemia 22,982
    malignant neoplasms of liver and bile ducts 21,519
    malignant neoplasms of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 20,221
    Suicide by firearm 19,766
    other diseases of circulatory system 18,746
    Suicide by other means 18,519
    Other and unspecified nontrasport accidents 18,289
    Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids 18,090
    Other Chronic Liver Disease and cirrhosis 16,905
    Alcoholic liver disease 16,634
    benign and uncertain neoplasms 14,992
    malignant neoplasms of bladder 14,969
    malignant neoplasms of brain and CNS 14,492
    malignant neoplasms of esophagus 14,413
    malignant neoplasms of ovary 14,312
    malignant neoplasms of kidney 13,520
    Certain conditions in prenatal period 11,969
    malignant neoplasms of multiple lymphoid myeloma 11,808
    Homicide by firearm 11,101
    Influenza 1,532
    Accidental firearm discharge 851
    Firearm, undetermined intent 222
    All Causes 2,512,873

    January 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
  13. Jaker, Dublin

    All you gun loving people "Get a Life" & "Live & Let Live"....your arguments endorsing more guns is becoming really silly, "Wake up" the lot of you & "Grow Up" as well!

    The reason for so much violence by guns in Chicago; is that guns are still available there. Get rid of the lot of them...countrywide. & stop making excuse not to...

    January 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
  14. Eric Cowen

    PLEASE,, PLEASE read this email.
    We can pass all the gun laws anyone can think up. Law abiding citizens will abide by the laws. The only segment of our society that will not abide by the laws are the criminals and the mentally challenged who should not be allowed to posess a firearm.

    I have some suggestions:
    1. Develop a national database of those who cannot legally posess a firearm.
    2. Do a thorough background check before any sale of a firearm can be completed. (This includes Gun Shows.)
    3. Require every person who wants to use a firearm to take a gun safety class (and pass a test).
    4. Enact tough legislation with heavy fines and prison sentenses for those caught illegally posessing a firearm.
    5. Concentrate on, and invest money and effort on getting the guns out of the hands of those who are illegally in posession of a firearm.
    6. Enforce the laws that are currently on the books.

    Like I said, all the laws in the world will not stop criminals from obtaining and using guns to perpetrate crime. We need to make them think twice before using a gun in the commission of a crime.

    Thank you for your consideration of this opinion.

    January 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  15. Darkseider

    Yup strictest gun control laws out there! Look at how successful gun control is! Said no sane person ever...

    January 31, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  16. Thundercat 22

    Why do someone need 30 round magazine clip for a AR-15? If you need an assault rifle join the military, Army, Marine, special forces, navy seals, rangers, and you get to train and use assault rifles, problem solve.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:54 am |
  17. judy

    Time to hold parents as well as the minors that commit the crime responsible. Both to be punished. Parents have the responsibility of teaching and supervising their kids. Society cannot undo or treat what is missing from basic family responsibility. i.e. streets of Chicago

    February 1, 2013 at 11:01 am |
  18. Roger

    These people kill and don't get punished for it; the death penalty is against human rights, what about those who were killed, where were their rights? You can take every gun from those who don't kill and it will not stop the killings. The guns are out there by the millions and they will never be taken away from those who kill. The moral values of this country are in the ditch because of the PC (Politically Correct) who keep hollering for civil rights.

    It isn't guns that kill by their selves, they have got to be operated – so put the blame where it belongs.

    September 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
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    Jemine I agree his is a disgrace for the city a disgrace for the united states how is this happening in one of the most popular
    cities in the US and this is happening in our presidents backyard. I don't understand why this is happening. Why they can't fix it.
    I think they should hire more police and start an out reach program's for parents. Parenting is the issue.

    December 19, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  20. Nancy Yheulon

    Don Lemmon is so biased. He is not a NEWS reporter but a biased man trying to make a point... Shame on CNN for employing him. Just look at his latest behavior on the Dunn case.....I don't want his opinion...I want the news.... Good bye CNN

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