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Vapenvåldet är en hörnpelare i det amerikanska samhället, där just tillgången till skjutvapen och friheten att skjuta skarpt på allmänna platser; i hemmet och mot grannar och familjemedlemmar, anses vara vad som gör USA till frihetens fäste. Men hur ser det ut bakom de bjärt målade kulisserna, bakom de populära vapenfyllda Hollywoodfilmerna?

New York Times har börjat skriva om vapenvåldets Chicago.

New York Times skriver: A Weekend in Chicago: Where Gunfire Is a Terrifying Norm

JUNE 4, 2016

Three days, 64 people shot, six of them dead: Memorial Day on the streets, and the violence that has engulfed families and neighborhoods.

It is Friday night in Chicago, and the Memorial Day weekend is just getting started. The Police Department plans to deploy more than a thousand extra officers to deal with the violence they fear will intensify with the unofficial start of summer.

There is no stopping the gunfire, which comes in bursts and waves, interrupting holiday barbecues, igniting gang rivalries, engulfing neighborhoods, blocks, families.

From Friday evening to the end of Monday, 64 people will have been shot in this city of 2.7 million, six of them fatally. In a population made up of nearly equal numbers of whites, blacks and Hispanics, 52 of the shooting victims are black, 11 Hispanic and one white. Eight are women, the rest men. Some 12 people are shot in cars, 11 along city sidewalks, and at least four on home porches.

It is a level of violence that has become the terrifying norm, particularly in predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods on the South and West Sides. With far fewer residents, Chicago has more homicides than Los Angeles or New York.

In an effort to capture what is happening on Chicago’s streets, and why, The New York Times dispatched a team of reporters, photographers and videographers to virtually all of the shooting scenes across the city.

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