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In light of increasing violent crime in the Chicago area, running counts of homicides and shootings are circulating throughout the media. According to the Chicago Police Department, 234 people have been shot in Chicago since the beginning of 2017, 38 of which have been fatal homicides. The numbers show a significant increase in criminal activity since this time last year, which has prompted multiple statements from police authorities and city leaders on how the city’s violence can be addressed. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has specified areas where the federal government’s assistance would be welcomed, which include gun tracking, gun control, gun crime prosecution, and greater police funding. Yet from his infamous Twitter account, President Trump joined the conversation last night, announcing, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on … I will send in the Feds!” The Chicago Police Department and the mayor had already publicly expressed on several occasions previously that help offered from the federal government would be considered in further plans for combatting the violent crime. This is not the first time Trump has spoken out on this issue; however, the only tactics he has suggested in the past are highly controversial and potentially unconstitutional. Thus, as the newly-inaugurated President of the United States, his latest tweet has sparked a more violent debate about what must be done to decrease further violence.

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