Chicago’s monthly crime figures were released this week and as expected, they ain’t pretty, but they sure are telling.

Following a weekend in which a staggering 51 people were shot and 7 killed, police reported there were 66 people murdered and another 362 wounded in the windy city during the month of July. The latest numbers are down from the previous month of June which saw a total of 72 homicides, but higher than the same month last year, in which 53 people were killed.

I’d like to pause here to direct the Black Lives Matter movement’s attention to the following:
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On Monday, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson reported his officers had recovered their 5,000th gun from the blood-soaked streets of Chicago so far in 2016.

“CPD officers are doing their jobs by recovering illegal guns and putting offenders in jail,” he said in a live-streamed press conference. “These people often times get out far too soon to commit the same violent crimes over and over again.”

In spite of their efforts, 381 people have been killed and 2,394 have been shot in Chicago so far this year.

Watch Johnson announce the 5,000th gun recovered in Chicago so far this year and reiterate the need to hold repeat gun offenders accountable for their actions: