TTAG reader VE writes:
I live in Chicago’s Hyde Park. It’s pretty much owned by the university of Chicago. Thanks to our concealed carry laws, any property owned by a university is a gun-free zone (GFZ). Since the U of C owns almost ALL of the commercial property in a six block radius – dry cleaners, ACE Hardware, Staples, the grocery story, Starbucks, the noodle shop and more – they are all posted. This is how the criminals view the campus area [via dnainfo.com] . . .
Chicago Police say they have caught a 21-year-old man they said committed nine robberies in Hyde Park since September . . .
According to police, [Tommy] Langston was one of the two men who four times approached University of Chicago students or faculty between Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 near 54th and Blackstone Avenue between and implied or showed a handgun before stealing money and valuables.
Langston also was a part of another string of three evening robberies on Sept. 7 in which two men again approached university students or faculty and implied a gun before stealing money and valuables, police said.
Police said the investigation about the two strings of robberies is still ongoing.
This one person committed nine robberies! (Strange how many of them did not seem to make the U of C police blotter). Do you think he would be willing to commit robberies if there weren’t a sea of GFZ stickers EVERYWHERE in my neighborhood? I think he’d at least think about it.
Instead, we are just a nice ripe plumb for the picking and surrounded by the lowest income areas in the whole city. Guns save lives. Gun control puts them in harm’s way.