Standing before an array of confiscated guns at the 7th District police station in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood Monday, police superintendent Garry McCarthy said so far this year, police have taken nearly 1,100 guns citywide from people who shouldn’t have them.The ocean of easily available guns affects nearly every corner of Englewood, including neighborhood schools such as Harper High. Harper lost eight current and former students to gun violence last year; 21 additional kids were shot.
These past two weeks, the radio program “This American Life” aired an up-close look at gun violence affecting Harper. WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton worked on the programs. In this story, she asks kids the question: How do you get a gun here in Chicago?