“The City of Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in America, yet in 2012 there were 512 gun related homicides, an increase of 15% over 2011. The murder rate in Chicago three times the murder rate in the rest of Illinois. Law enforcement also reports that 80% of the murders and shootings in Chicago are gang-related. It would appear that the ‘gun problem’ in Chicago is really more of a ‘gang problem’.”
Even liberal Reuters tells the truth:
“Advocates of tighter restrictions on firearms have long insisted that more guns equal more violence but a series of FBI statistics released in 2011 makes one wonder about that assumption. Gun sales have risen by twelve percent nationally over the last three years, initially spurred by mistaken fears that President Barack Obama would push for tighter controls. In the same period, violent crime (murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) dropped steadily and now stands at a 37-year low.”
Of course, the liberal Reuters writer can’t help himself:
“If the size of the arsenal served as a deterrent, as some pro-gun criminologists suggest, the country should be virtually violence-free.”
No country in the world is ever “virtually violence-free” because there will always be people who are violent. More people have more guns means more people defend themselves from violent people with or without weapons.
Besides, to make crime go down even more, we need to get rid of “gun-free zones” aka “criminal-friendly zones”. Signs don’t protect people, guns do, and the more places we can keep and bear arms, the better we’ll be.