Chicago Tribune: Top Cop Renews Call for Tougher Gun Penalties After Commander Shot At

Yes, because the best way to combat gang violence is to increase the penalties for law-abiding gun owners… It seems like Chicago will never learn.

Via Chicago Tribune:

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson renewed his call on Friday for stricter penalties for gun offenders after a police commander was shot at while working on the South Side.

That message has been a drumbeat from Johnson in a year that has seen Chicago surpass 700 homicides for the first time since 1998.

The violence hit close to home late Thursday when Noel Sanchez, commander of the South Chicago police district, was shot at while working the streets in the 8800 block of South Saginaw Avenue. The gunman fled to a nearby home, touching off an hourslong standoff with a SWAT team before five people were taken into custody early Friday. Multiple guns were also recovered.

Johnson cited the incident as an example of how gang members have become more emboldened, in part because of what the superintendent considers lenient penalties for gun offenses.

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