On Thursday, President Joe Biden offered to send Chicago a “strike force” in an effort to help Mayor Lori Lightfoot handle gun crime that occurs in the city every day.
According to an ABC7 report, the said “strike force” would target trafficking.
To this, Lightfoot responded to the president by saying: “My hope and expectation is that they’re going to be coming relatively soon. I’ve made not secret of the fact that this is a matter of incredible urgency and I think the president’s plan is to make a difference in localities like Chicago this summer.”
Last July 7, the Chicago Tribune noted that the city has seen 2,021 victims of gun crime this year. This number includes victims involved in both fatal and non-fatal incidents.
The Tribune maintains another table of data solely about homicides. It shows 364 people killed in Chicago in 2021 so far.
Chicago, similar to every place in the state of Illinois, enforces a 72 waiting period on gun purchases. It also has a red flag law as well ass a FOID card requirement for future gun purchases, which also involves a background check.
Additionally, Cook County, where Chicago is located, enforces a ban on “assault weapons.”