The numbers are maddening and heartbreaking: 614 Chicagoans were shot in July 2021, compared to 561 in the same month last year, per the NBC5 Chicago. According to the same report, there have been 1,973 shootings in the city, with 2,471 total victims during the first seven months of this year. Both of those numbers are up over last year’s statistics and dwarf the numbers in 2019, when there were 1,210 shootings and 2,471 total victims. There have been 445 homicides in Chicago through the end of July 2021. To put the homicide number in perspective, from Memorial Day 2020 through Memorial Day 2021, 18 U.S. service members died supporting overseas operations, according to the Military Times. Chicago is not alone. Per Axios, a sample of 37 cities with data available for the first three months of 2021 indicates that murders are up 18 percent over the same period in 2020. This continued increase comes after a year in which major U.S. cities experienced a 33 percent rise in homicides, and 63 of the 66 largest police jurisdictions saw an increase in at least one category of violent crime, according to a report from the Major Cities Chiefs Association, as reported by CNN.