It’s true that Illinois has loosened some of their most draconian gun laws, but that doesn’t mean that all of a sudden, all law-abiding citizens there now carry a gun. It’s still difficult to obtain a permit and buy a gun. And Chicago is still a dangerous place to be.
Predictably, following Memorial Day weekend’s slew of violence manifested in 12 deaths and 43 injured people, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling for yet more controls on guns. Breitbart reported:
That’s right — gun control is failing miserably and the solution is more gun control.
Breitbart News previously reported that a shooting on Friday resulted in the injuries of 4-year-old girl, her 17-year-old cousin, and a 15-year-old bystander in West Englewood.
On Sunday two boys, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old, were shot in the 4400 block of South Cottage Grove. The 15-year-old was killed. A 20-year-old was shot and killed in Humboldt Park and another man was shot and killed in East Garfield Park.
On Monday there were homicides at 2:30 pm, 5:25 pm, and 7:50 pm, and the list goes on.
Were the shooters in these instance law-abiding citizens? Negative. Yet Emanuel’s response is more gun control which only affects law-abiding citizens. For those who ignore the law, more gun control simply means more victims.
According to CBS Chicago, Emanuel attended a May 26 luncheon honoring police officers, where he said stopping the lawless use of firearms requires more than just officers on the street, it also requires “community action” and “stronger gun laws.” He said, “It is not just about how many police you have, it is about the quantity of guns that are on the street so we actually have gun laws that back up the men and women we just recognized.”
A large portion of Chicago’s violence is due to gangs. You can’t enforce gun controls on gang members and expect them to comply. They’re criminals. They’ll use the gun laws to their advantage.
If people are not capable of relocating away from Chicago to get away from the violence, then really, the only solution is allowing people to carry self-defense tools. Criminals are always going to have guns, whether the laws allow them to or not. Allowing law-abiding citizens to arm themselves will at least give them a fighting chance when the time comes. The more that people do that, the safer they’ll be.