Title

Gun Crimes/Shootings in Chicago

Location

Room A123

Document Type

Presentation

Type

Information Motivating Public Activism (IMPACT)

Start Date

1-5-2019 9:30 AM

End Date

1-5-2019 9:50 AM

Abstract

In a time where it seems like someone, somewhere, gets shot everyday, our IMPACT group decided to take a closer look at gun crime and violence. In order to be more specific in our research, we focused on an area near us that has a bit of a reputation: Chicago. Unfortunately, we hear news like this often enough that people are no longer moved to anger or action. There have been 373 people shot in Chicago this year alone, but Chicago’s turbulent environment makes it difficult to know whether or not gun crimes in Chicago are increasing or decreasing. It is hard to tell what is being done to solve this problem and whether or not it is having an impact. After conducting hours of research, compiling data from multiple reliable sources, and performing an interview with an IMSA security officer, we believe that there are solutions to this problem both in urban areas like Chicago and other areas where gun related violence has become an issue. The solution may not necessarily be stricter gun laws, which continue to fall short in influencing the issue, but instead something that everyone has a part in: a more united community.

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Sustainable Development Goals: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

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May 1st, 9:30 AM May 1st, 9:50 AM

Gun Crimes/Shootings in Chicago

Room A123

In a time where it seems like someone, somewhere, gets shot everyday, our IMPACT group decided to take a closer look at gun crime and violence. In order to be more specific in our research, we focused on an area near us that has a bit of a reputation: Chicago. Unfortunately, we hear news like this often enough that people are no longer moved to anger or action. There have been 373 people shot in Chicago this year alone, but Chicago’s turbulent environment makes it difficult to know whether or not gun crimes in Chicago are increasing or decreasing. It is hard to tell what is being done to solve this problem and whether or not it is having an impact. After conducting hours of research, compiling data from multiple reliable sources, and performing an interview with an IMSA security officer, we believe that there are solutions to this problem both in urban areas like Chicago and other areas where gun related violence has become an issue. The solution may not necessarily be stricter gun laws, which continue to fall short in influencing the issue, but instead something that everyone has a part in: a more united community.