The city of Chicago is the poster child for the graveyard spiral that happens when gun control activists have a stranglehold on the local politicians. The shared belief in that city: stricter gun control laws are all that’s needed to stop the insane number of murders which happen in the city on a daily basis.
When the stricter gun control laws fail to actually address the issue the response isn’t to reassess their thinking. Instead, Windy City pols agitate for even stricter gun control laws — hoping that will finally fix things.
According to the Chicago PD’s press release over the weekend stricter gun control laws are failing spectacularly to keep illegal guns out of the city. From NBC Chicago:
According to a press release issued by the department, CPD has now removed more than 5000 guns this year off of Chicago’s streets. The milestone will be marked at a press conference on Monday, as Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will speak and elaborate on the efforts that got the department to this mark.
Here’s the usual line of thinking . . .
Murders happen with guns. If we remove guns, then there will be fewer murders. Making guns illegal will remove the guns. Therefore we need more gun control laws. When implemented in the real world, that hypothesis doesn’t prove true.
It is harder to get a gun in Chicago than most places in the United States right now, and licensed concealed carry within the city is still rarer than a pro-gun Hillary Clinton supporter.
Given the extremely strict laws you’d think that the number of illegal guns in the city would be dropping, but the Chicago PD’s announcement seems to indicate just the opposite. Illegal guns are still flowing into the city. Criminals, it turns out, don’t care about breaking a few laws to get their hands on a gun.
The Chicago PD is pulling more guns off the streets than ever before. Yet the murder rate is still astronomically high. To me it sounds like none of the strategies that Chicago is attempting to control their murder epidemic are working.
I’d recommend trying something new, but I’d bet money that all we will see is Chicago politicians using this as proof that what they really need are more gun control laws.
More of the same. I wonder how that will turn out.