A Chicago neighborhood battles endless flow of illegal guns

CHICAGO (AP) — In just one Chicago community, police have recovered more than 1,000 guns this year. The seizures are seen as a success, but few in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood think they will stop the flow of illegal weapons and bring permanent peace to a place plagued by violence.

Chicago’s gun violence has captured the national spotlight and President Donald Trump has, at times, threatened to send in federal troops and breezily called the problem “very easily fixable.”

Those who battle this daily see it much differently. Guns not only shatter families, they determine what time people leave their homes, the streets they avoid, whether a church should have a metal detector. Chicago police regularly recover more illegal guns than officials in New York and Los Angeles. The 2018 tally exceeds 8,300.

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