Americans need not look further than Chicago for proof that gun control does not work.

The Windy City has some of the strictest laws on the books, yet remains one of the most violent cities around.

Chicago’s police chief on Monday decried a “despicable level of violence” during a weekend in which 52 people in the city were shot, eight of them fatally, and two people were stabbed to death.

Police believe most of the shootings were gang related, Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

The shootings happened from 6 p.m. Friday until midnight Sunday on one of the warmest and sunniest weekends of the year in Chicago. The city often sees an increase in violence in warmer weather.

Chicago Police investigate the scene where a man was shot, Monday morning, June 3, 2019, in the Fuller Park neighborhood of Chicago. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago Police investigate the scene where a man was shot, Monday morning, June 3, 2019, in the Fuller Park neighborhood of Chicago. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Johnson said the department increased the number of uniformed officers on the street — targeting areas where police expected gang members to retaliate for previous shootings. He said he believes that effort helped police seize 92 illegal firearms, nearly twice as many as the department seizes in a typical warm-weather weekend.

Homicides in Chicago surged to more than 770 three years ago, but have dropped since — to 660 in 2017 and 561 last year. They’re on pace to drop even more this year.

Police urged residents to come forward with any information that would help in the investigations of the shootings.

In this Friday, May 31, 2019 photo, Chicago Police investigate the scene where a man was shot inside a restaurant in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
In this Friday, May 31, 2019 photo, Chicago Police investigate the scene where a man was shot inside a restaurant in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago police say in the coming weeks more patrol officers will be deployed, including officers on bicycles and on foot, in some of the most popular destinations for tourists and residents in the nation’s third-largest city.

Johnson also reiterated his complaints about what he says are lax gun laws and court policies that he says turn the county jail into a revolving door for gun offenders.

“Until we stop giving them (gun offenders) the sense that they can do this with impunity, then we are going to continue to have these press conferences,” he said.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, once Barack Obama’s right-hand man at the White House, has declared America a “sanctuary country.”

Chicago police investigate the scene where multiple people were shot, Saturday night, June 1, 2019, in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago police say dozens of people were shot, several of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago police investigate the scene where multiple people were shot, Saturday night, June 1, 2019, in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago police say dozens of people were shot, several of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago Police investigate the scene where a man was shot, Monday morning, June 3, 2019, in the Fuller Park neighborhood of Chicago. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago Police investigate the scene where a man was shot, Monday morning, June 3, 2019, in the Fuller Park neighborhood of Chicago. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
In this Sunday, June 2, 2019 photo, Chicago police investigate the scene where multiple people where shot, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago police say dozens of people were shot, several of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend.  (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
In this Sunday, June 2, 2019 photo, Chicago police investigate the scene where multiple people where shot, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago police say dozens of people were shot, several of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
In this Sunday morning, June 2, 2019 photo, Chicago police investigate the scene where multiple people where shot in the East Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago police say dozens of people were shot, several of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
In this Sunday morning, June 2, 2019 photo, Chicago police investigate the scene where multiple people where shot in the East Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago police say dozens of people were shot, several of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
In this Friday night, May 31, 2019 photo, Chicago Police investigate the scene where a person was shot in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago police say dozens of people were shot, several of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
In this Friday night, May 31, 2019 photo, Chicago Police investigate the scene where a person was shot in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago police say dozens of people were shot, several of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
In this Friday night, May 31, 2019 photo, Chicago Police investigate the scene where a man was shot in the Brainerd neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago police say dozens of people were shot, several of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
In this Friday night, May 31, 2019 photo, Chicago Police investigate the scene where a man was shot in the Brainerd neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago police say dozens of people were shot, several of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
In this Friday night, May 31, 2019 photo, Chicago Police investigate the scene where a man was shot in the Brainerd neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago police say dozens of people were shot, several of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
In this Friday night, May 31, 2019 photo, Chicago Police investigate the scene where a man was shot in the Brainerd neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago police say dozens of people were shot, several of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

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