Want guns? Drugs? Visit #Chicago…A #SanctuaryCity

For outsiders, Chicago’s abundance of guns is a terrifying stereotype, but some residents say it’s simply a matter of survival

The sanctuary city of Chicago saw a massive uptick in shootings and murders in 2016, which surged by 58 percent year-on-year, according to the University of Chicago’s Crime lab. 485 people were murdered in 2015, 764 in 2016. In the week that we spent covering the violence in Chicago’s West and South Side communities, 15 people lost their lives on the streets.

Unemployment is near 70 percent for young adults 20 to 24 years old in five of Chicago’s deadliest communities. In 2013, Chicago saw the largest mass school closings in modern American history. Forty-nine schools deemed “underutilized, under-resourced” were shuttered, forcing many kids to cross through the territory of rival gangs or cliques, making some feel like they needed a gun, most said just for protection.

Source: CBS News

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