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Here’s What’s Missing From Reporting On Chicago’s ‘Bloody August’

Four-hundred people were shot in Chicago within the span of 31 days. Ninety of them died. Multiple outlets, including The Washington Post and CNN, are calling August the deadliest month the city has experienced in two decades.

Some news reports implicated widespread gang violence within the city for the drastic uptick in crime, while others focused on the influx of firearms from neighboring states with looser gun laws. A new documentary from BBC, titled “Lost Streets Chicago,” hones in on the impact of the seemingly inescapable violence concentrated in minority neighborhoods, with residents describing them as tantamount to “third-world countries.”

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Chicago Police Call Trump’s Bluff On Ending Gun Violence

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been centered on making grand statements that many voters never force him to follow through on. Outside of building walls and fixing the U.S. economy practically overnight, he’s also claimed that he can end gun violence, specifically in Chicago.

While Trump often uses Chicago as an example of how bad gun violence can be, he’s never really said what he’d plan to do. Even when his staff made a claim that they’d talked to a top Chicago police official that informed them of a way to resolve the problem in a week by being “much tougher.” Well, CPD’s calling his bluff. 

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Poll: Young adults support new efforts to curb gun violence

By: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — LaShun Roy supports a ban on semi-automatic weapons and more comprehensive background checks. But the 21-year-old gun owner from rural Texas doesn’t consider gun-control measures a top priority in this year’s elections.

For Keionna Cottrell, a 24-year-old who lives on Chicago’s South Side and whose brother was shot and killed this year in another Illinois city, few things are more important than limiting access to guns.

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34 HBCU Presidents Call For National Gun Violence Symposium

Presidents and representatives from 34 HBCUs met earlier this month to create a plan to held end gun violence. In a press release, the collective called upon their foundational belief that black lives matter and that the senseless killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and multiple police officers across the country contradict that message. 

Where’s the outrage for this 9-year-old’s execution?

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The following post originated from the Chicago Tribune. It was written by John Kass. While this is a controversial subject, it is worth debating in the black community. 

By: John Kass

Antonio Smith, 9 years old, was assassinated the other day. He was Chicago’s youngest fatal shooting victim this year. He was shot at least four times and fell in a backyard on the South Side. And when I went out there on 71st and Woodlawn less than 24 hours after he was murdered, here’s what I didn’t see:

I didn’t see protesters waving their hands in the air for network TV cameras. I didn’t see the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson playing their usual roles in the political race card game.