CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Chicago is just one of several major cities dealing with a spike in violence.
The concern is so great that mayors and police chiefs gathered for a summit on violence Monday at the nation’s capital.
It comes on the heels of yet another brutal weekend in Chicago.
Four people were killed and, 36 others were shot and wounded.
The victims include a 5-year-old girl in Englewood and a 7-year-old boy on the Northwest Side, as well as a college student who was home for the weekend. He was shot and killed along the Lakefront near 43rd Street.
Chicago Police believe it began as a robbery, and then became murder.
It happened near the pedestrian bridge over Lake Shore Drive at 43rd Street, at about 3:15 Sunday morning when Vaughn King, 21, was walking with a friend.
A one-time standout defensive back for Curie High School's football team, King was also a citywide champion in shotput.
He's now being mourned by his fellow Curie alumni and the staff.
Barely 24 hours after King was killed, gun violence was the topic of a national conference in Washington. While law enforcers from more than two dozen cities showed up, it was organized by Chicago's top cop, eager to point out the bloodshed elsewhere, too.
“It's not just about the violence in Chicago. And that's why we're here. There are about 30 jurisdictions represented here today that represent almost a 20% increase in homicides across our jurisdictions,” said Garry McCarthy.
“We had this meeting as an urgent summit because we felt the sense of urgency, because people are dying. That's why we came here and we put this together in less than 3 weeks,” said Cathy Lanier, Police Chief of D.C.
The big city law enforcers and politicians in attendance insisted the urban violence is a national issue in need of a federal response. They urged creation of a new national commission on crime, something they said was last seen in 1965.
Back then, authorities utilized a national crime data base which gave monthly updates city by city, including each police use of force; and a national focus on repeat offenders, recognizing that a huge percentage of urban bloodshed is caused by a relatively tiny group of hyper-violent criminals.
“And so we have to make sure, in our respective states, that we have the right laws in place, the right gun laws that are in place, to focus on that violence offender,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
The kind of gun law that Alvarez and McCarthy want has very little chance in either the Illinois General Assembly or the U.S. Congress.
But some of the other measures they're proposing do stand a better chance.
Also, the United States does have a national crime data base, but it's about 2 years behind, rather than updated monthly.