Gun-Control Fails in Chicago.. but Do Democrats Care?

3 Fatally Shot In Chicago
3 Fatally Shot In Chicago

U.S.A. (Ammoland.com)- We have good news from the Windy City. Emperor Rahm will end his reign as mayor and the number of murders in Chicago was lower this year than last. Given its long history of violence, do Democrat voters even care any longer?

The Trump recovery finally picked Chicago up off its knees. Due to better employment opportunities, a few thousand young men took real jobs rather than joining gangs in Chicago. That economic shift dropped the number of people murdered in Chicago for the second year in a row. Chicago isn’t the city with the highest murder rate in the US, but it is far from a shining jewel in the Socialist crown. You would think this level of public violence would bother Chicago politicians, or at least bother the Democrat voters who keep the pols in office.

Murders down in 2018
Murders down in 2018

Even if the Chicago politicians don’t have a solution to their old string of failures, they are always able to come up with new excuses. Excuses worked for both the politicians and the voters who elected them.. and who keep re-electing them. The Chicago pols blamed guns for the violence in their city.. each month after murderous month.Chicago runs Illinois. To be more precise, Chicago politicians run Illinois politics. Both have been in decline for years. Both city and state are massively in debt and horribly inefficient. High taxes, burdensome regulations, and widespread corruption drive out industry. The resulting high rate of unemployment drives up crime. All that was predictable.

We were told that guns were the source of violence in Chicago. Why was crime so high in Joliet and Chicago while the violent crime rate was so much lower in Palatine or Des Plaines? Was it easy to get guns in North Lawndale but somehow impossible to get firearms in Palatine? If gun control in Illinois worked so well, then why was Illinois still so violent compared to other states? Illinois Democrats don’t want to know.The excuse of blaming guns worked for Democrat voters in Chicago. After all, they voted Democrat so violent crime isn’t their problem to worry about. Did the voters ever stop to ask themselves the simplest of question?

Chicago politicians said that gun-control not only worked, but was essential to public safety. They claimed that Chicago was suffering from the bad gun laws in nearby states. Chicago Democrats never asked themselves why Chicago was so violent, but Fort Wayne and Green Bay were several times safer. They didn’t want to know the answer.

Chicago homicide and self-defense 2018

For years Chicago politicians said that guns were the problem and that was why they couldn’t allow concealed carry permits. Oddly enough, the crime rate in Chicago has fallen now that concealed carry came to Illinois. That is consistent with a nationwide report from the American College of Surgeons. The report said concealed carry and permit-less carry didn’t increase murder or violent crime. Gun control was a placebo. That political sugar-pill let Chicago politicians keep innocent victims disarmed for years. The Chicago voters didn’t care.

Self-defense in Chicago 2018

Unfortunately, it gets crazier than that. Illinois runs a background check every night on every person who has a state license to carry a concealed weapon. When you look closely at the data, people with their concealed carry license are the most law abiding and non-violent class of people on the planet. That means that Illinois state bureaucrats could have searched the police records of anyone else and found more criminals.We were told that we need background checks to stop crime whenever legal gun owners buy guns. Studies published in the Annals of Epidemiology showed that those gun-control laws didn’t reduce rates of murder or suicide. Gun-control was neither safe nor effective. Are we shocked to find out that gang bangers don’t bother with paperwork? What these Illinois gun-control laws were successful at doing was disarming poor people in our inner cities, the same people who are at greatest risk of criminal attack. Despite what they claim, Democrat voters don’t care about the safety of poor people.

That is so important I’m going to say it again. Illinois State law enforcement spent their time investigating the most law abiding group on the planet rather than searching for actual criminals in order to solve crimes and close real cases. Illinois has a deadly problem with drug gangs, but the police spend their nights investigating honest gun owners. We left real criminals on the street in order to meet a political agenda, but Illinois Democrats don’t care.

Politics are real. Voters are supposed to stop political corruption by voting dishonest officials out of office. We have people murdered in Chicago every 15 minutes and Illinois voters can’t be bothered to pay attention.

We’ve seen the deadly results. With a record like that, don’t you dare tell me that Democrat politicians or Democrat voters care about the working class and the poor.


About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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Timothy Votaw
Timothy Votaw
1 year ago

These amazing dichotomies and lack of sense is about the fear of stepping on racially-sensitive toes. It’s about playing the keyboard to votes from minorities slow to realize that they’re exchanging their welfare benefits for a form of slavery. The body counts? Hey, there’ll be more live bodies, lots of out-of-wedlock statistics, no fathers present, so that takes a back seat to keeping those votes coming. And listening to the police, or any other authorities than our own, those sources cannot be trusted, because people like Jesse Jackson, that little scam-seller Al Sharpton and Farrakhan say so. . Hey, it… Read more »

Joseph Z.
Joseph Z.
1 year ago

The writer should make a correction. Illinois as a whole did not and does not vote Democratic. The city of Chicago and the surrounding collar counties continue to vote Democratic while the vast remainder of the state continually votes conservative. Us in the burbs and downstate are held hostage by the liberal Chicagoland electorate.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph Z.

Z, If you have the big city surrounded, as you say, then why are you all being held hostage? Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

John Schmee
John Schmee
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Numbers. Its purely a numbers game.

Boz
Boz
1 year ago

It has NOT failed in Chicago. It’s intended purpose is to keep guns out of law-abiding Citizen hands. It has been VERY successful.

Michael J
Michael J
1 year ago

The only solution to rid the nation of lifetime career politicians and their dedicated following is term limits. The votes to reelect the same corruption year after year will end and the system might have a chance to right the nation. Corrupt bureaucracies will have to be dismantled one by one since they were established to distance politicians from being connected to their unpopular agendas and so they could get reelected.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael J

@Michael J., I agree and would add that the people need a recall procedure that includes politicians, bureaucrats and the judiciary, perjury for oath violation, a proscription on former federal employees working for industry, and repeal of all statutes than infringe on our Second Amendment enumerated Civil Rights. How are we gonna do that?

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael J

Term limits are already enshrined in our Constitution. They are called ‘elections’ and are held on a regular basis. The REAL problem is most citizens can’t bother to get off of their collective fat azzes to bother to REGISTER to vote, much less cast a ballot. ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’ – Pogo.

Missouri Born
Missouri Born
1 year ago

The problem in Chicago is the drugs coming from the cartels in Mexico and being pushed by gang bangers who want the cash from the sale of the illegal drugs.
The honest citizen is not at fault for the crime their only fault is they keep electing democrats who don’t care about the murders in the poor neighborhoods.
The president needs to start talking about the drug and murder connections with the cartels in his border wall talks and throw in some statistics about it.

Matt in Oklahoma
Matt in Oklahoma
1 year ago

I don’t think at this point you can politicize using republicans vs democrats when POTUS and the VICE are both openly attacking gun rights in this country. The VICE stated “take the guns then pass the laws” in reference to mental health and POTUS has let us down on bump stocks by overstepping his power. The remainder of the republicans are just as guilty by letting bills die off like the national hearing protection act and the national carry. The Dems will always openly attack gun rights and the Rep will just do backdoor deals and chip away at them.… Read more »

The GreenWatch Dog
The GreenWatch Dog
1 year ago

Numerous departments and organizations have helped to reduce crime in Chicago. It is significantly down since 2014. The democratic party has played a significant part. Programs such as CeaseFire, and Flip The Script have helped to decrease violence, while providing assistance to those in need.

Douglas Morris
Douglas Morris
1 year ago

Homicide map by police district (click to enlarge). Ethnic composition of the Chicago metropolitan area Chicago experienced a major rise in violent crime starting in the late 1960s,[9] a decline in overall crime in the 2000s,[10] and then a rise in murders in 2016.[11] Murder, rape, and robbery are common violent crimes in the city, and the occurrences of such incidents are documented by the Chicago Police Department and indexed in annual crime reports.[12] After adopting crime-fighting techniques in 2004 that were recommended by the Los Angeles Police Department and the New York City Police Department,[13] Chicago recorded 448 homicides,… Read more »

Richard L
Richard L
1 year ago

Bullshit. Money is still just thrown at any and all problems the Dems ever care about.

KuhnKat
KuhnKat
1 year ago

Since murders have been dropping across the whole country, how do you know that any of their gubmint programs had anything to do with it??

Billy Bynum
Billy Bynum
1 year ago
Reply to  KuhnKat

Government tyranny (read control), in no way, has the slightest interest in the welfare of the unwashed masses, previously referred to as citizens. The only plank in the tyranist’s platform is control. This accounts for the demonizing and eventual removal of any form of resistance to replacing a representative form of government with a full dictatorship,an example of which the United States was exposed to between 2008 and 2016. This was when the citizens revolt should have occurred. Before the politicians discovered what could be done against the will of the people. Simply put, the dems, rhinos and various other… Read more »

Bill in ILL
Bill in ILL
1 year ago

Keep slurping the kool aid while leaving your head in the sand.