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Is Chicago’s heat wave responsible for the increase in violence?

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 20: Police clash with demonstrators protesting the NATO Summit during a march through downtown streets on May 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Today is the first day of the two-day summit. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Is the current heat wave in Chicago exacerbating the already high number of shootings that have occurred in the city’s neighborhoods? The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that fifteen people were shot and wounded in just 6 hours on the streets of Chicago. It was another hot day in the city with temperatures in the upper 90’s.

Most of the Shootings have been on the south and west sides, but not exclusively. The north side had a drive by shooting occur around 7:30 p.m., in the Sheridan Park neighborhood near the 4400 block of North Racine Avenue on Tuesday, when a gunman taking aim at a man on a North Side street also wounded two young women.

Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy doesn’t believe in a causal relationship between the hot summer and the rise in shootings. He attributes it to the fracturing of the gangs into a large number of smaller cliques.

That fact that there are a number of smaller gangs doesn’t necessarily diminish the possibility that the excessive heat is leading to a rise in violence.

Click here to read more about the link between the hot weather and violent crime.

Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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