Chicago: a Living (and Dying) Monument to The Failure of Gun Restrictions

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If we were to believe the anti-gun lobby, we would expect to see several cities in our country decline in gun violence. According to these lobbies, we have gun violence because we have guns. The ready and legal access to guns allow criminals to obtain and use guns against the innocent.

So, restricting legal access to guns should have the opposite effect. This is only logical. If fewer gun restrictions cause increased gun-violence, then more restrictions should decrease the same. But Chicago shows us that this theory does not stand-up to reality.

Christian News reports

2016 was one of the most violent years in history for residents of Chicago, as year-end figures show that there were 762 homicides and 3,550 shooting incidents—the highest murder level since 1996.

“It’s no secret that the city of Chicago had its fair share of challenges in 2016,” Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a press conference on Sunday.

“We all have a vested interest in reducing this gun violence,” Johnson said. “It’s not okay and it’s not normal. When I go home and my neighbors see me, they are constantly asking, ‘What can we do to reduce this gun violence?’”

The problem is that the leadership in the city is committed, almost like a suicide pact, to the idea that guns themselves are a problem. The very existence of the gun trade in and around the city is the cause. But this is far from the problem.

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