The death toll by murder in Chicago over the past decade is greater than the number of American forces who have died in Afghanistan since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a police analysis.
In addition, police reports in Chicago – where President Obama once worked as a community organizer and where his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, now serves as mayor – show most of the city’s massive murder mayhem is black-on-black crime.
A WND review of the Chicago Police Department Murder Analysis reports from 2003 to 2011 provides a statistical breakdown of the demographics of both the victims and offenders in the 4,265 murders in Chicago over that time period.
Of the victims of murder in Chicago from 2003 to 2011, an average of 77 percent had a prior arrest history, with a high of 79 percent of the 436 murdered in Chicago in 2010 having arrest histories.
For the same 2003-2011 period, blacks were the victims of 75 percent of 4,265 murders. Blacks also were the offenders in 75 percent of the murders.
According to 2010 U.S. Census information, Chicago has a population of 2,695,598 people. The city is 33 percent black, 32 percent white (not Hispanic), and 30 percent Hispanic or Latino in origin.
For the 2003-2011 period, whites were nearly 6 percent of the victims and accused of carrying out 4 percent of the murders.
For the 2003-2011 period, Hispanics or Latinos were 19 percent of the victims and 20 percent of the offenders.
Between 2003 and 2011, 4,265 people were murdered in the city of Chicago. In 2012 alone, 512 people were murdered in the city.
Operation Enduring Freedom, the name for the war in Afghanistan, which started Oct. 7, 2001, has seen a total of 2,166 killed. The war has been ongoing for 11 years, 3 months and one week.
Operation Iraqi Freedom, the name for the war in Iraq, which started March 20, 2003, and ended Dec. 15, 2011, saw a total of 4,422 killed.
In a city with some of the toughest gun control laws in America, where a handgun cannot be purchased, Fox News reported that Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy “acknowledged aiming at assault weapons misses the mark when dealing with Chicago’s gang violence.”
“The weapon used is generally a handgun, and rarely is it purchased through legal channels,” he said.
A WND review of the Chicago Police Department Murder Analysis reports from 2003 to 2011 provides a statistical breakdown of the manners in which people were murdered in Chicago.
Of the 4,251 people murdered, 3,371 died from being shot, with 98 percent of the murder weapons being a handgun. Thirty-seven people were killed with a rifle (caliber of bullet not specified), and 40 were killed with a shotgun.
In 27 of the murders, the type of gun used could not be determined by the Chicago Police Department.
Murders by stabbing in Chicago accounted for 9 percent of the total between 2003 and 2011; 7 percent of the people murdered in Chicago between 2003 and 2011 died from what the Chicago Police Department classifies as “assault”; 92 people were killed by strangulation; 27 people by blunt force; 15 by asphyxiation; and 51 people were categorized in the “other” category.
A closer look at the instruments used in some of the 4,251 murders between 2003 and 2011 reveals:
In 2011, one person was killed with a pocketknife, one a baseball bat and one was asphyxiated with a pry bar.
In 2010, three people were killed with a kitchen knife, two with a baseball bat, one with a wooden board, one with rope/cordage and one with gasoline (burning).
In 2009, a pocketknife was used as the murder weapon once, as well as a concrete block/brick and baseball bat. Clothing was also used once in a strangulation murder.
In 2008, a baseball bat was used twice, clothing once and gasoline once as murder weapons.
In 2007, a baseball bat and a pipe were both used twice. A hammer was used four times. An electrical or phone cord was used once.
In 2006, a baseball bat was used four times.
In 2005, a screwdriver was used twice, a baseball four times, a bottle once, a hammer once and clothing once.
In 2004, a screwdriver was used once, a baseball bat seven times; a pipe, a tire iron, a bottle, and a concrete block/brick were all used once apiece. A pillow and an electrical or phone cord were also used once.
In 2003, a screwdriver and pocketknife were used once; a bottle, pipe, and handgun (used as a blunt weapon), concrete block/brick were used once. A baseball bat was used four times as a weapon in murder.
Less than 1 percent of the murders in Chicago between 2003 and 2011 were committed with what the Chicago Police Department classifies as a “rifle,” the classification for an AR-15.
WND previously reported that Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy had voiced opposition to concealed carry in a city where last year more people were murdered than in Afghanistan.
“When people say concealed carry, I say Trayvon Martin,” McCarthy said.
He was speaking to a largely black audience at a Rainbow PUSH event in Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune reported McCarthy, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., local radio host Cliff Kelley and others discussed gun laws, Chicago’s homicide rate and recent mass killings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., to a few hundred people.
McCarthy emphasized opposition to concealed carry, even though Illinois is the only state that doesn’t permit the practice, the Chicago paper noted.
“‘Just because it’s 49 to one doesn’t mean that Illinois is wrong,’ McCarthy said.
He insisted supporters of concealed carry don’t understand the consequences.
“‘When people say concealed carry, I say Trayvon Martin,’ McCarthy said, referring to the unarmed 17-year-old who was shot and killed last February by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida, sparking controversy across the country.
“I say Trayvon Martin,” McCarthy continued, according to the Tribune, “because the answer to guns is not more guns, and just simply putting guns in people’s hands is going to lead to more tragedy.”