“Barack Obama Day” In Violent Chicago
As the state of Illinois celebrated the first official “Barack Obama Day” in honor of the former president, the festivities were somewhat dampened by yet another blood-soaked weekend in the Windy City. Barack Obama’s 57th birthday will be remembered as the most violent day in Chicago history.
President Barack Obama celebrated his birthday on Saturday, August 4, and for the first time, Illinois marked the date to honor the former president. The weekend, however, also marked a surge of gun violence with eleven people being killed and another 73 wounded in Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago. In the eight years in office Obama did nothing to reduce the violence in Chicago during his Presidency.
Chicago TV station, ABC 7 reported that despite the deadly weekend, the Chicago Police Department said shootings are down 30% so far this year. Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said Sunday that 5,500 illegal guns had been taken off the streets this year.
Violence in Chicago is largely ignored by gun-control activists. The city has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, yet shootings still occur from those illegally obtaining firearms.