As the national gun-control debate plodded along, one South Side Chicago alderman proposed putting GPS devices on all guns within the city limits.
The unorthodox, and some would argue, invasive method was put forth in a resolution to the city council this week by Chicago's 20th Ward Alderman Willie Cochran, a former police officer.
"Just like if your car gets stolen, OnStar can tell you where your car is. If your gun gets stolen, and you report it, we should be able to find that gun," Cochran told the council, according to CBS News
The GPS chips would be embedded in new guns and retrofitted for old guns, according to Cochran's proposal.
When asked about the cost, Cochran said, "Let’s measure what it costs in hospital costs, lost wages, deaths."
When asked how the proposal would impact privacy, Cochran said "safety is . . . a much more important issue than is privacy."
"It is extremely important that we look past this privacy issue, at this point, and understand how important it is for us to address the issue of safety," Cochran added.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual, an outspoken proponent of gun control, has yet to react to the proposal.
Although it has some of the strictest guns laws in the nation, Chicago continues to be plagued by gun violence.
The city was described as "the murder capital of the United States" by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a Tuesday interview with CBS.
Chicago saw 500 homicides in 2012, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The city's homicide surge, which police attributed to warring gangs, was up from 433 killings the prior year. According to Reuters, 80 percent of victims of gun violence in Chicago in 2012 were African Americans.
President Barack Obama, whose district as an Illinois state senator included Chicago, referred to the windy city in a gun-control address to the nation on Wednesday. He said the shootings of "kids on street corners of Chicago" were "too frequent."
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