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Chicago police superintendent responds to continued shootings after another deadly weekend

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Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown held a press conference Monday to discuss recent crime rates. Murder and gun violence particularly are on the rise compared to last year, but on a downward trend from month to month.

Brown reported that murders are already up 5% from last year and shootings have increased by 17%. January saw the biggest increase with 34% more murders and 46% more shootings. May saw the smallest increase with only 13% increase in murders and 20% increase in shootings. “It’s nothing to celebrate,” Brown said, “but form a macro perspective it’s a downward trend.” Yet, even though May saw the fewest shootings this year, Memorial day weekend in particular saw a significant increase from 2020.

But Chicago police have also confiscated over 5,000 guns this year already. According to the superintendent, that means they’re projected to confiscate more than the 11,000 guns they recovered last year.

“Every gun recovered is a potential deadly force encounter and arguably, a potential for reducing violence,” Brown said. “The other part of the formula is a consequence in the court system.”

During the question and answer portion, the police department also released an update on the 11-year-old girl who was shot Sunday night, saying she is in stable condition. She’s from out of town and caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting.

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Americans should brace for ‘real pain’ at the gas pump

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A spike in gas prices will likely begin in March, according to Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum at GasBuddy. De Haan says all Americans may soon be facing California-esque gas prices.

Biden’s rising inflation could push gas prices for regular unleaded fuel to above $4 a gallon. “We’ll start to see gasoline demand surge, along with refiners doing maintenance ahead of the summer driving season, creating a squeeze” De Haan told Fox Business.

Earlier this month, GasBuddy projected the national average price for a gallon of gasoline could climb to a high of $4.13 in June. California cities could have average costs of over $5. Currently the nationwide average is $3.314 per gallon according to the American Automobile Association.

The highest-priced gas averages are $4.650 in California, and Texas sits at the lowest average of $2.942. Nonetheless, U.S. drivers are being warned to expect “real pain” at the pump when the spring travel surge begins.

Inflation is currently at the highest level in almost 40 years. Last week the Labor Department said the consumer price index has risen 7 percent over the last year. President Biden has called inflation “a global challenge” and attempted to claim the latest numbers are good news, point to a monthly rate of price increases around December.

After the report came out, Biden said, “Today’s report—which shows a meaningful reduction in headline inflation over last month, with gas prices and food prices falling—demonstrates that we are making progress in slowing the rate of price increases.”

“At the same time, this report underscores that we still have more work to do, with price increases still too high and squeezing family budgets” Biden did admit.

Daily Mail reports “nationwide, gas prices did drop 2.2 percent in December from the prior month, but remained 50 percent higher than a year ago. Food prices were up 0.5 percent on the month and 6.3 percent higher than a year ago, making it unclear what falling food prices Biden was referring to.”

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