Shocker: Murder and Armed Robberies Decline In Chicago After Citizens Get Right to Have Guns
“In the first six months of this year, there were 14% fewer murders in Chicago compared to the first six months of last year – back when owning handguns was illegal. It was the largest drop in Chicago’s murder rate since the handgun ban went into effect in 1982.
“Gun crimes also fell more than non-gun crimes.
“Robberies with guns fell by 25%, while robberies without guns have fallen by eight percent. Assaults with guns fell by 37%, while assaults without guns fell by 12%.
“Just as with right-to-carry laws, when law-abiding citizens have guns some criminals stop carrying theirs.”
Before the Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s gun ban Mayor Daley, anticipating defeat in the Court, said that if citizens in Chicago were allowed to have guns Chicago would go back to the wild West with gunfights in the street. Daley said:
“Does this lead to everyone having a gun in our society?” Daley asked while speaking at a Navy Pier event.
No, but what would be wrong with that? Or does Daley think it’s better if only criminals have guns?
Then he said this:
“If [the justices] think that’s the answer, then they’re greatly mistaken. Then why don’t we do away with the court system and go back to the Old West, you have a gun and I have a gun and we’ll settle it in the streets?”
That’s what the criminals have been doing for 30 years, Mr. Mayor. Some good people were being victimized and you and your cronies have been denying them the most effective means to defend themselves.
Daley’s a crackpot. The wild West would look tame compared to the modern day Chicago murder rate. Eliminating the Chicago gun ban for law-abiding citizens is the first thing in 30 years to have a positive affect on Chicago’s rampant crime rate. You’d wonder why Chicago style politicians can’t understand the simple idea that gun control merely disarms lawful citizens. The sole impact such laws have on crime is to increase it by empowering criminals over the good people.
Actually, maybe they do understand — perfectly. Maybe they consider that a feature not a bug.