The New Year is meant for new beginnings and new chances, but some didn't get the opportunity to see more than a few hours of 2013 before being shot.
Chicago gun violence raged through the night as at least 9 people, including two teenagers, were shot in the Windy City, while New York City was a close runner up following the ball drop with 7 people shot.
Chicago's first victim was a 29-year-old man shot in the mouth and shoulder after a fight broke out at a bar on the West Side just an hour and change into the New Year at 1:15am and the violence continued on.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the next victim was at about 2 a.m. when a 22-year-old man was shot in both legs and the scrotum during a fight at a house party.
2:40 a.m., a man was shot in the stomach and brought himself to the emergency room,
2:40 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the arm
2:45 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot while he was on the front porch of a home
3:50 a.m., a teenage girl and a man were shot outside in Fuller Park. The 17-year-old girl was shot in the leg and the 30-year-old man was shot in the back.
6:10 a.m., a man was in “grave” condition and a woman was critically injured in a shooting. A 28-year-old man was shot in the head and chest and a 20-year-old woman was shot in the face and back.
Meanwhile in New York City, The Daily News reports the first shooting victim of 2013 was hit in the stomach on White Plains Rd. near Seward Ave. in the Bronx about 2 a.m. Just moments later a 19-year-old man was shot in the back on Irving Ave. in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
The rest of the shootings took place in Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. All the victims are expected to live.
If this isn't proof that a conversation about gun control is urgently imminent in 2013, then we don't know what is.