The police department is claiming that the reason crime has gone down since their gun bill was passed is simple. It’s that they’ve been doing great police work in getting guns off the streets and out of the wrong hands.
But is that really all there is to it? Here’s The Blaze:
Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy attributed the decrease to “intelligent policing strategies” and said cops confiscated more than 1,300 illegal guns in the first quarter of the year.
But Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said it’s clear to him what’s driving the decrease — and it’s not the police. He said the department “hasn’t changed a single tactic.”
“It isn’t any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect,” Pearson told the Times.
By July 29, Illinois had 83,183 applications for concealed carry and had issued 68,549 licenses, the Times reported. Pearson predicted that 100,000 Illinois citizens will have concealed carry permits by the end of 2014.
Whenever a city or locality experiences a drop in crime following the enactment of a law that loosens government restrictions on guns, the police always give themselves the credit. Whatever they were doing didn’t do anything before the gun law, but all of a sudden it has an effect after the gun law.
We’ve seen the same thing in Detroit. Except that that the police chief there James Craig doesn’t try to take all the credit. He was a staunch gun control proponent until he worked in Maine, a gun-friendly state compared to California, which is where he came from. When he saw how safe Maine was compared to Los Angeles, and how many Mainers owned guns, he decided that there might be something to citizens owning guns. Then, when he came to Detroit, he openly encouraged citizens to keep and bear arms for their own protection. Since then, crime has gone down.
It looks like a similar thing is happening in Chicago. As difficult and expensive as it is to obtain a concealed carry permit there, it’s had an effect on the crime rate. Criminals aren’t as safe as they used to be.