A city-wide "Gun-Turn-In" event in July
recovered more than 6,700 guns from residents, no questions asked,
no charges filed. The third annual collection offered $100 prepaid
gift cards to anyone bringing in guns or rifles, which were then
test-fired and compared for still unresolved shootings or
The Chicago Department of Children and
Youth Services this summer asked youngsters to take a stand against
violence by taking a "pledge for peace." The agency's "Faces
Against Violence" is a three-month campaign in July, August and
September for city youth to be videotaped by peers while telling
personal stories about how they have overcome violence.
A recent Chicago Police Department
study stated that two-thirds of the most common gun convictions in
2005 resulted in a probation sentence and no jail time. Police
officials say they would pursue legislation making jail time
mandatory for certain gun convictions.
At least two cities, Fort Worth and San
Francisco, are the latest to combat gangs by suing them in court
through civil injunction lawsuits aimed at disrupting gang
activity, allowing police to stop and question gang members, and
barring them from hanging on street corners. So far, these sorts of
injunctions have withstood court challenges.
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