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Chicago murder rate far worse than during Al Capone ‘gangland’ days

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ABC Chicago

February 1, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) – In this I-Team report, Chicago’s rising murder rate in a new context, how the numbers of shooting deaths compare to the city’s most notorious crime era, the one that has tarnished Chicago’s reputation around the world for a century.

The surprising stats show the city is worse off now in the category of murder than at the height of the era that has driven Chicago’s reputation for almost a century, Capone’s “gangland” Chicago.

 

Let’s compare two months: January 1929, leading up to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and last month, January 2013. Forty-two people were killed in Chicago last month, the most in January since 2002, and far worse than the city’s most notorious crime era at the end of the Roaring Twenties.

Even though the image of Chicago, perpetuated by Hollywood over the years, was that mobsters routinely mowed down people on the streets, the crime stats tell a different story. January 2013′s bloodshed has caught the attention of Chicagoans, politicians, the White House and people around the world.

In January 1929 there were 26 killings. Forty-two people were killed in Chicago last month, the most in January since 2002, and far worse than the city’s most notorious crime era at the end of the Roaring Twenties.

Even though the image of Chicago, perpetuated by Hollywood over the years, was that mobsters routinely mowed down people on the streets, the crime stats tell a different story. The figures from January 2013 are significantly higher than the January of Al Capone’s most famous year.

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  1. Mr. Pinko

    February 4th, 2013

    From wikipedia:

    The perceived popularity of submachine guns such as the Thompson with violent gangsters in the 1920s and 1930s was one of the main reasons given for passage of the National Firearms Act by the United States Congress in 1934. One of its provisions is that all owners of any fully automatic firearm were required to register them with the predecessor agency of the modern Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The law also placed restrictions on the possession, transfer, and transport of the weapons.

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  2. Lowell

    February 4th, 2013

    Any difference in the total population numbers from ’29 to now?

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  3. Dan Ryan Galt

    February 4th, 2013

    Ah, the good ole days!

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  4. jclady

    February 4th, 2013

    @Lowell — according to census numbers, the population of Chicago was 3.2 million in 1929 and 2.8 million in 2009.

    So, less population and more murders.

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  5. Anonymous

    February 4th, 2013

    Capone’s thugs only shot other thugs. Today’s thugs
    shoot every one, especially pain in the ass innocent bystanders. And they have no intention, ever, of submitting to a background check or applying for a permit. This is an axiom that libtard lawmakers cannot seem to understand, or, do not want to understand. “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Now is the time to disarm Americans is their creed. Molon Labe!

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  6. Menderman

    February 4th, 2013

    So, jclady, before any gun laws existed, less people died from guns?

    Makes perfect sense to me.

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  7. Moe Tom

    February 4th, 2013

    That anon was me????

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  8. Menderman

    February 4th, 2013

    Edit:

    So, jclady and Mr. Pinko, before any gun laws existed…

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  9. jclady

    February 4th, 2013

    @Menderman — yep. In the height of Mafia killings, with more population and less gun control there were fewer murders by gun in Chicago.

    Go figure.

    @MoeTom — Molon Labe!!!

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  10. Bad Brad

    February 4th, 2013

    This will need to continue a while before they figure it out. Meantime send them more ammo. Probably in forty. That seems to be the fav of the neanderthals.

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  11. Alpha Maser

    February 4th, 2013

    I’m betting that’s true for Philly, D.C. and Detroit as well — all bastions of left wing eugenics planned parenthood and welfare state will replace daddy so he can be a gangster…

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  12. Lowell

    February 4th, 2013

    Thanks, jclady!

    Not sure the progtards could be made to look worse, but you did it with a simple fact.

    Well done!

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  13. Bucketman

    February 4th, 2013

    Give the gang bangers a hall pass to kill each other.The numbers will get better when enough kill each other.

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  14. KF

    February 4th, 2013

    Add the fact that many high schools and Boy Scout troops had rifle clubs and shooting competitions. People could order guns in the mail and yet gun crime was lower.

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  15. eternal cracker p

    February 4th, 2013

    So the number for January is up about 100% from the late-20′s.

    Compared to the abortion rate that is up, well, I’ll let you do the math because I can’t count so high.

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  16. old_oaks

    February 4th, 2013

    Interesting, the St. Valentime’s Massacre happened before the 1934 NFA.

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  17. F.D.R. in Hell

    February 4th, 2013

    Capone says he and Bugs are having a reunion on the 14th. Only this time, they’re collaborating. They’re looking for the missing bricks from the Massacre wall to complete the exhibit in Las Vegas.

    What the Hell is he talking about? :roll:

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  18. Buffalobob

    February 5th, 2013

    Jessie ,wants obama to come to Chicago to stop the violence, Great idea have Jessie, Big Al, and all of the race baiters walk the streets of Chicago at night to show their solidarity.

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  19. Death_By_Farts

    February 5th, 2013

    I’m actually looking forward to the collapse of Chicago, and the day Rahm is dragged from the safety of his fortress by starving thugs who beat the shit out of him and take what “belongs” to them.

    Then I hope they burn the whole damn city to the ground.

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  20. factslady

    February 5th, 2013

    Chicago’s demise would certainly be a blessing for the rest of the state. Where is Mrs. O’Leary’s cow when you need it?

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