Violent crime may be down in Chicago, but that statistic matters little to those affected by the violence that erupted in the city this past weekend. Over the July 4th long weekend 82 people were shot in the city, 14 of them fatally. At times it was hard to tell the difference between the sound of fireworks and the sound of guns firing.
"It's like Groundhog Day here in Chicago."
Alluding to the 1993 film, Chicago's Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy says shootings keep repeating on a daily basis. He blames the violence on weak gun laws, and weak penalties for those committing gun crimes.
Alice Thomas-Norris is one of the founders of Purpose Over Pain
, a group that supports parents whose children have been victims of gun violence. Her 14-year-old daughter was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1993.
"Another lie they tell you: 'well, they were at the wrong place at the wrong time.' What I need to know is what time we need to be there."
Ms. Thomas-Norris has also advocated for changes to gun laws, specifically banning assault weapons.
"Why would any ordinary citizen have a gun that shoots  shots."