Chicago saw 66 homicides last month, the deadliest May in Chicago since 1995 when 75 were slain, according to official Police Department records.
For the first five months of this year, 243 people have been killed, the most fatalities since 248 perished in 1999, a Tribune analysis of department statistics found. By the end of 1999, homicides totaled 643 that year.
Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws on the books in the country. Of course, criminals are not big on following the law. The only people left defenseless are the law abiding citizens.