They acknowledge that Chicago is a hotbed of violence and murder, much of it involving guns and gangs. For years, conservatives have pointed to cities such as Chicago to show the failures of gun control. Chicago still has stringent gun control in place, even though the courts have ruled that they must allow concealed carry. That was a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t mean obtaining a gun is all that easy there.
The media generally ignore Chicago’s “gun violence,” because they know it makes gun control look bad. They’d much rather focus on crazy white people who commit mass murders with scary-looking guns. Everyone knows that Chicago is one of the most violent cities in the U.S., but you’d never know it from watching the news.
As of this writing, President Obama is headed for Chicago to speak before the International Association of the Chiefs of Police. In response to a question about what the President would be discussing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that he would touch on the subject of gun control and ways that Chicago could help stem gun violence that’s so prevalent there. Earnest conceded that Chicago does indeed have strict gun control laws, but he said that the city’s violent crime rate is a testament not of the failures of gun control, but of the need for more gun control, particularly on a national level. He said:
“The city of Chicago is a good illustration of why allowing local jurisdictions to put in place these gun safety laws doesn’t work because it’s just too easy for those with bad intentions to just cross the city line or just cross the county line and make a handgun purchase that they are prevented from making in some other jurisdictions. Often somebody who is seeking to evade gun laws like that is somebody who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place. This is somebody with a criminal record, somebody who may be the subject of a restraining order or maybe even somebody with a mental problem. Chicago ends up being a pretty good illustration for why those kinds of national laws are important to the safety of communities all across the country.”
That’s become the liberals’ stock answer in responding to critics about Chicago’s violence. Gun-free zones that disarm law-abiding citizens aren’t the problem. Guns are the problem.
While Obama’s in Chicago talking about the need for national gun control, I wonder if he’ll ask the Secret Service to disarm themselves. If not, he’ll be utterly surrounded by people carrying guns.