After bloody year, Chicago looks to tougher gun laws

There have been more than 670 murders in Chicago from January to mid-November, according to police -- a 56 percent jump in just one yearOn a recent evening on Chicago’s southwest side, an all-too-familiar scene unfolds: within sight of the Windy City’s iconic downtown high-rises, dozens of police officers swarm. Chicago — the Midwestern stomping grounds of Al Capone, the ruthless mobster who left a trail of blood in the Roaring 1920s — is grappling once again with a gun violence problem and a soaring murder rate. There have been more than 670 murders in Chicago from January to mid-November, according to police — a 56 percent jump in just one year.

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