Illinois only recently started allowing concealed carry, but they still have some of the strictest gun laws in the country, particularly in Chicago.
Gun control proponents there actually blame surrounding cities and states for the violence that is prevalent in Chicago. They say that the real problem is that other states have gun laws that are too lax, and that criminals will bring legally-bought weapons in to Chicago (illegally) from other states. If only the entire country had stringent gun laws; then, places like Chicago would be safer.
Apparently, not only are surrounding areas to blame, but also Chicago itself. Their laws aren’t strict enough according to a lawsuit filed against three suburbs in the city by a group of residents. The Daily Caller reported:
Following a violent July 4 weekend, two mothers and a coalition of Chicago residents are suing three suburban Chicago communities for violating their civil rights by having loose gun restrictions.
The mothers have children who have been affected by gun violence in the South and West Sides of the city, Fox News reports.
The villages of Lyons, Lincolnwood, and Riverdale are “allowing gun shops in their respective jurisdictions to sell guns in a manner that disproportionately jeopardizes the lives of African Americans, causes mental anguish and distress and diminishes the value of their homes and other property,” according to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Rev. Michael Pflegler, one of the suit plaintiffs, told the Associated Press that many of the guns recovered in acts of violence have been linked back to these areas and their stores.
So, is it the gun shops’ fault that people buy guns there and then use those guns to commit crimes? Are we supposed to crack down on liquor stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, bars, and restaurants because they might sell alcohol to someone who ends up driving drunk and killing someone? In fact, every time a drunk driver kills someone, that driver had to have gotten alcohol at some establishment. Yet, we don’t crack down on those who sold the alcohol. We want to crack down on the drunk drivers.
If Chicago is having a problem with people buying guns and then committing crimes with them, the answer is not to try to shut down those shops or make it nearly impossible for anyone to be able to buy a gun there. People need to be able to defend themselves. Not every gun that was bought at those shops was used in the commission of a crime. Probably most of them were put to good use. More people there need to obtain a gun for protection.
Not only that, if these shops were shut down, the group suing the three suburbs might think they’ve won and made the city safer, but all it would have done is make the criminals’ lives ever so slightly more inconvenient and the lives of all the law-abiding citizens a lot more inconvenient and vulnerable.