If the situation wasn't so serious this would be laughable. Chicago leading on gun control is like a crack whore leading on abstinence. . Chicago takes leading role in national gun debate By DON BABWIN | Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) â They are counting the dead from gunfire again in Chicago, a city awash in weapons despite having one of the strictest gun-control ordinances in the nation. After a year in which Chicago's death toll surpassed 500, the bloodshed has continued in 2013 at a rate of more than one killing a day. It was the city's deadliest January in more than a decade. Now with this week's death of a 15-year-old drum majorette who had just returned from performing at President Barack Obama's inauguration, the mounting losses have put Obama's hometown at the center of the intensifying national debate over guns. The slayings are no longer dismissed as an only-in-Chicago story about violent street gangs. They are almost a Sandy Hook Elementary School attack unfolding in slow motion: an honor student gunned down at a high school basketball game, two men in their 40s killed outside a hamburger stand, a woman whose bullet-riddled body was found early Friday in a van on the world-famous Lake Shore Drive. Both gun-rights and gun-control advocates are seizing on the city's woes â one side to push for greater access to guns for self-defense, the other to seek greater restrictions on gun sales. "You've got these two philosophies that are butting heads, and they're butting heads in the biggest city in the middle of the United States," said David Workman, of the Bellevue, Wa.-based Second Amendment Foundation. "And both sides are holding up Chicago as a punching bag." Obama has made a point of mentioning the gun violence in Chicago when he laments last year's shooting rampages in a Colorado movie theater and Newtown, Conn. He offered condolences to the family of Hadiya Pendleton, the promising teen who was shot to death Tuesday as she talked with friends after school in a park about a mile from Obama's Chicago home. He stressed later that the threat posed by guns in his hometown is part of a larger story about dangers across the nation. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing a law to increase jail time for anyone who fails to report guns that have been lost, stolen or sold. At the U.S. Conference of Mayors, he urged fellow leaders to follow his example and sever financial ties with gun manufacturers that oppose gun-reform legislation. THAT'S RIGHT RAHM YOU DUMB FUCK, JAIL AND PUNISH THE VICTIMS. DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE CRIMINAL WHO STOLE THE GUN, JUST PUT THE GUY IN JAIL WHOSE GUN WAS STOLEN. JESUS, IS IT ANY WONDER WHY THINGS ARE SO FUCKED UP?