Chicago Gun Laws
Chicago, the windy city, has given us many things: Deep Dish Pizza, Chicago Hotdogs, bad sports teams, and lots of hot political air. They have also given us the strictest gun laws in the United States. We all know that guns are the root of all evil, right? Without guns the world would be such a better place, right? This type of misguided thinking is what has gotten Chicago to the point it is at today.
The months of July and August saw 145 people shot in Chicago–many of them fatally. If I removed the name Chicago from this paragraph, it might sound like I’m quoting stats from Afghanistan or Egypt. You wouldn’t be surprised. But I’m talking about a major city in the heartland of America. This is a sad commentary on the state of crime in Chicago.
Chicago is the land of Al Capone, Rod Blagojevich, Richard Daley and Barak Obama. It’s also where the 2nd Amendment has almost ceased to exist. Only recently has the legislature passed a concealed carry law, and that was because they were forced to because Illinois lost in a federal court of appeals in December of 2012. The court gave them 180 days to pass a law. The governor did his best to veto it, but the legislature won out and passed a law making Illinois the last state to have a concealed carry permit available to law abiding citizens.
Even with this new law, which won’t go into effect until 2014, Mayor Emanuel is trying his best to place as many restrictions as possible on his serfs; I mean constituents. Here are some of the gems that Emanuel is proposing; no guns in schools, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and movie theaters. Grocery stores? Isn’t it funny that we have armed guards in banks, on armored trucks, and even in some retail stores – but heaven forbid we allow guns in schools. I must be an idiot – I always thought that our children were what we value the most. But apparently, we don’t value them enough to protect them.
This new law also requires that you also need to have a High School Diploma or GED to carry concealed. Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently, you need the state’s seal of approval on your education before you are allowed to exercise a constitutional right. Funny how they’re not comfortable applying that same standard to voting. Or free speech. Or procreating.
We all know that making sure that law abiding citizens are unarmed will decrease the violent gun crime, that Santa will be bringing me my new Ferrari this year, and that if I wish hard enough – I can fly. Really?!? Responsible gun owners are not out committing crimes; street thugs who don’t give a damn about gun laws are committing them. Do the politicians in power really think that the drug dealer who got ripped off is thinking, “Gee I’d like to shoot that fellow who stole my money but I can’t legally get a gun so I better not do it. Besides carrying a gun concealed is against the law so I better not do that either!”
You’d think with the already strict gun laws on the books criminals would be getting prosecuted, right? WRONG!! Chicago has a whopping 26% clearance rate for homicides in 2012. Let me put that another way; 74% of murderers in Chicago are roaming the streets – having not been caught, and likely to kill again. Just so we all understand what a big number this really is – Chicago had 507 homicides in 2012 and they are on pace to crush this number in 2013. Way to keep it classy Chicago!
So back to my original question; how are those gun laws working? For those that want to see your 2nd Amendment rights disappear, they’re working exactly as intended. The everyday law abiding citizen who wants to protect himself and his family is prevented from doing that. Gun ownership becomes more difficult and a less exercised right. As a result, criminals roam the streets with impunity because they know that no one is carrying, and no one can defend themselves.
The 2nd amendment was written so that we as Americans could defend ourselves our property and our families from invading forces, criminals, and even our own government. So while I applaud the Illinois legislature for doing what they were forced to do and passing a concealed carry law, I also call on the citizens of Illinois to take action and put more pressure on the legislature to protect your 2nd amendment rights.
The Daley tradition continued