An article saying an “Environmental Study Finds Air In Chicago Now 75% Bullets” is merely satire from The Onion.
“Highlighting increasingly dangerous conditions within the city, a new study published Monday by Northwestern University’s Department of Environmental Studies revealed that approximately 75 percent of the air in Chicago is now composed of bullets,” the satire states.
The heavily shared article, which lampoons gun violence in the city, was apparently believed by some people.
“Bullets supposedly is 75% of chicago’s air? can we touch on this [expletive] for a second,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Here’s a disclaimer for the Onion: “The Onion is a satirical weekly publication published 52 times a year on Thursdays.”
It adds: “The Onion uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.”
Over the Fourth of July weekend, 82 people were shot and 14 were shot and killed in Chicago, according to local (non-satire) reports.
CBS News reported that five of the shootings involved police.
“While to date we have had the fewest murders since 1963, one victim is too many and there is clearly much more work to be done,” police spokesman Martin Maloney told CBS.