More Americans Were Shot in Chicago Over 16 Hours Than by Muslim Terrorists in All of 2016

More Americans Were Shot in Chicago Over 16 Hours Than by Muslim Terrorists in All of 2016
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More Americans were shot over the course of a 16-hour period in Chicago than have been shot by Muslim terrorists in all of 2016 — let that sink in for a moment. 

Last week, the Chicago Tribune reported that "at least 20 people were shot over 16 hours in Chicago on Wednesday into early Thursday." That's more than one person shot every hour. So far in 2016, there have been zero people shot by Muslim terrorists in the United States.

Chicago is experiencing a wave of gun related violence that's far outpacing the same time last year. The Tribune reported Monday "so far this year, at least 1,382 people have been shot in Chicago and at least 244 of them have died of their wounds. Last year at this time, 904 people had been shot, 157 of them fatally."

Read more: In 2016, Toddlers Have Shot More People in the US Than Muslim Terrorists Have

But even amid ongoing gun violence in Chicago, even as Americans are dying on U.S. soil, much of the rhetoric of the 2016 election has centered around protecting Americans from the looming threat of Muslim terrorists. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump even proposed, and has continued to voice support for, a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.

According to ABC News' exit polls on Super Tuesday in March, 6 in 10 people who voted Republican supported banning Muslims from entering the United States.

Yet gun control, which studies suggest could actually reduce gun deaths, continues to be a nonissue for Trump. Speaking to the NRA last week, Trump told the audience that "the only way to save our Second Amendment is to vote for a person that you all know named Donald Trump."

Meanwhile, the Tribune reports, Chicago is "bracing" for fatal summer gun violence.

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Anna Swartz

Anna is a staff writer for Mic covering breaking news. She can be reached at aswartz@mic.com.

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