After a report surfaced that five people were killed in Chicago over the weekend in two double-homicide shootings, the numbers have continued to rise, alarming residents and gun-control advocates.
The fatality list is now up to seven, with an additional five injured, in a shocking wave of violence that overtook the city this weekend. The seven homicides all took place within 12 hours on Saturday, marking one of the deadliest days in recent history.
Though the homicides were not all gun-related, residents and gun-control advocates alike are highly concerned that violence seems to be escalating throughout the country, despite the White House's recent efforts to increase bans on assault weapons.
Around 10 p.m. on Saturday night, Norman Stokes, 38, was fatally shot after an argument in his home in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago. By the time police arrived on the scene, Stokes was dead.
Earlier, a teenage boy and man were shot in West Garfield Park. Dimitri Buford, 32, and Antonio Fenner, 16, were declared dead when authorities arrived.
Two men - including 31-year-old Alan Smiley - were fatally gunned down outside Kevin's Hamburger Heaven, in the Bridgeport area. A man was shot during an attempted robbery in an alley. And 32-year-old Willie Wilson was stabbed to death after an argument in his home.
Earlier Saturday, Ronnie Chambers, 34, was also pronounced dead in a fatal shooting. Chambers was a convicted felon with 29 arrests, but as of Sunday morning it seemed that the other victims in the back-to-back incidents were not.
Now police and residents are panicked that the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and other colleges have been signs of a growing unrest in this country - and that increased violence will continue in the months to come.
On January 16, Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama moved towards stricter gun-control legislation. "The world has changed and it is demanding action, it is in this context that the president," Biden said.
But the new legislation will not be enacted quickly. And there has been a backlash that gun-control advocates hope will not hamper forward movement.
"Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation," the National Rifle Assocation said at the time. "Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy."
1. "Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system."
2. "Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system."
3. "Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system."
4. "Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks."
5. "Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun."
6. "Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers."
7. "Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign."
8. "Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission)."
9. "Issue a presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations."
10. "Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement."
11. "Nominate an ATF director."
12. "Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations."
13. "Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime."
14. "Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence."
15. "Direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies."
16. "Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes."
17. "Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities."
18. "Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers."
19. "Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education."
20. "Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover."
21. "Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges."
22. "Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations."
23. "Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health."
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