Gun Control Adds to the Death Toll in Illinois

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U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- Democrat legislators in Illinois make it hard for honest citizens to protect themselves. Illinois government is controlled by Chicago politicians, and, sadly, those politicians like gun-prohibition. They say their laws makes all of us safer. Facts say otherwise. Illinois politicians claim gun-control is “for the children” but we can count the bodies of the dead and injured who are the real victims of gun control.

Chicago has a problem with violent criminal drug gangs. Illinois politicians say the drug gangs would be non-violent if they couldn’t get guns. The solution, the politicians claim, is to pass more gun-control laws and to disarm more law-abiding citizens. That is what we’re told by Chicago politicians. The Chicago news media reports these political press releases without questioning their truth or looking for alternative explanations.

We can do what the news media should have done and take a deeper look at the problem. With 2015 people shot and wounded in Chicago this year, and an additional 415 shot and killed, it is obvious that existing gun laws have not made us safe. Politicians claim these violent drug gangs will obey the next gun law, even though the murderers, assailants and rapists ignored the 23 thousand existing firearms regulations that politicians have passed so far. Politicians say the same thing with every law they pass, so there is no reason to believe they are telling the truth this time.

Judge for yourself. We know that violent gangs in Chicago already smuggle drugs and illegal immigrants around the globe and across our borders. Politicians claim that new ink on paper will stop the gangs from smuggling the next a pound of steel, lead and gunpowder. That hasn’t worked so far.

These gun-prohibitionists claim that the problem isn’t really about Chicago, but that the city is an unfortunate victim of lax gun laws in other states. That is like claiming that the drug problem in Chicago is really the problem of lax drug laws in Columbia and China. History shows us that when we take a shipment of illegal drugs away from the gangs, the gangs simply go out and buy more illegal drugs. Likewise, when we take away their guns, the criminals go out and get more illegal guns.

The fact we’re trying to ignore is that criminals break the law. They don’t obey our drug laws, our immigration laws, our prostitution laws, or our gun laws. Politicians can blame someone else, but Chicago politicians created the environment where people turn to drugs and to crime.

Chicago has both high crime AND stringent gun-control. Passing gun-prohibition laws and disarming honest citizens makes things worse rather than better. Disarmed victims are easy targets for gangs of armed criminals. Gun control reduced the number of honest and law-abiding people who legally carry a concealed firearm in public. That leads to more crime victims.

Illinois makes it difficult to obtain a concealed carry permit and nowhere is it harder than in the city of Chicago. Politicians required that applicants for a carry permit demonstrate their skill with a firearm. Then the politicians outlawed shooting ranges where honest citizens can learn to shoot and demonstrate good marksmanship. In contrast, the criminals use the streets of Chicago as their shooting range.

We can put numbers to the body count. The state of Illinois has over 300 thousand licensed concealed carry holders. That number should be closer to 800 thousand if Illinois had a concealed carry rate that matched the rest of the United States. Illinois isn’t like the rest of the US. An Illinois permit costs more and takes longer than almost any other state. Half-a-million people gave up on getting their permit because of the difficult process in Illinois.

Those law-abiding citizens were disarmed in public by Illinois laws and regulations. Disarming half a million law-abiding citizens has real consequences. Based on FBI statistics, about 2700 of the victims of violent crime in Illinois this year were disarmed because of the extremely burdensome requirements that stopped them from going armed in public. We’ve made it hard on the law-abiding citizens, but criminals don’t bother to follow those firearms restrictions.

Those 2700 victims were their own first responders. They were on their own to stop the attack on themselves and their families. They were on their own until they could call the police. They were on their own until police could get to the scene and arrest their attacker. Illinois politicians guaranteed that the criminals were armed, but those 2700 victims were not.

Most of those victims would have stopped their attackers if they were armed. Almost all of the rape victims would have stopped their attacker if they were allowed to go armed in public. They were disarmed by Illinois gun control.

Self-defense seldom requires pressing the trigger. The vast majority of criminals run away rather than face an armed victim. That is a good thing. Despite that, Illinois politicians said that concealed carry holders are a danger to the public. That isn’t true. Where we have data, we find that concealed carry holders are more law abiding than the police. Civilians who defend themselves with a firearm are much less likely than the police to shoot innocent bystanders. These people with a permit to carry a firearm in public are your neighbors, and as you’d expect, they behave responsibly.

Unfortunately, Chicago politicians would rather disarm the victims. The victim’s blood is on their hands. The victims of gun-control should be on our conscience as well.


About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article with sources 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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Arny
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Arny

The people need to elect politicians willing to pass gun legislation that benefits the people. Till then they will be nothing more than victims. I must wonder why they keep electing anti gunners ?

Jim
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Jim

i know some here will call me a RACIST, BUT BLACKS ARE THE PROBLEM ALONG WITH THE MEXICANS AND MS13 GANG MEMBERS.
LOCK ALL THEIR ASS’S UP AND THE LAWFUL CITIZEN WOULD BE SAFER.
and GET RID OF ALL UNCONSTITUTIONAL GUN LAWS.

Pa John
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Pa John

Organized crime runs Chicago, and organized crime wants you disarmed. Therefore, all of the corrupt politicians they own are as rabidly anti-gun as their masters demand. If you want to see how corrupt a politician is, look to see who is funding and “getting the vote out” for them. The description for the following older but still very relevant article explains much of what you need to know. This article represents a rare exception to U.S. corporate media’s general censorship / silence on such things, and that is why you have likely never heard of it. Gangs and Politicians in… Read more »

andre
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andre

Name me one person who has been disarmed in Chicago over the past 20 years!

tomcat
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tomcat

Yea, Chicago is about the worse in the nation but I heard last night that 2018 total gun homicides were higher in South Bend Ind. than in Chicago. The reason for this report was to shed some light on Pete Buttplug. Democrat run, both areas, enough said.

james
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james

If the citizens were legally armed, at least they could defend themselves instead of ending up defenseless and dead.

StWayne
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StWayne

The solution is simple: stop treating the symptom, and start treating the cause: America’s rampant drug use, even if only casual. Get this under control, and those politicians like Rahm Emanuel that thrive on this kind of sickness, will have moved on. And, they take people like Al Sharpton with them when they go. It’s like flushing a self-cleaning toilet.

SGT_Wombat
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SGT_Wombat

FYI, the Rahmfather is no longer Chicago’s mayor, we now have our first black female lesbian, Lori Lightfoot, for mayor.

Jim
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Jim

and SHE IS WORSE.

RJL
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RJL

Criminal Politicans along with their Criminal Counterparts love firearm laws for law abiding Citizens.
This provides all of these Criminals a greased highway for their criminal activities.
For those of you living in Illinois who cannot leave, do everything possible to obtain your concealed carry license in the state, whatever it costs. The only true protection of not becoming a victim, is to protect ones self. You are the First Responder to yourself, everyone else, is nothing more than second responders to clean up and document reports.

jack mac
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jack mac

Those who are attacked by private criminals are the first responders. So are those attacked by official criminals. A major problem present for pro-American citizens is those who are unwilling to response to attack with defence. These are the people who install into official positions people who do not want to be defended against. Those installed desire that those who will defend made unable to do so. These officials are only concerned with their safety in performing unlawful acts upon private citizens. Both public criminals and private criminals greatly benefits in disarming productive citizens. It is this production that provides… Read more »

MICHAEL J
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MICHAEL J

Society has an obligation to sue and remove those politicians and bureaucrats who have literally partnered with criminals by making thugs and rapists safer by disarming their victims.

JFCrosby
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JFCrosby

Chicago is the anus of this country. All respectable citizens should have NOTHING to do with this hell-hole. Boycott it to the extreme. If any decent people are living there, they should get out ASAP. Move to a free state.

jack mac
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jack mac

The pro-American citizens in Illinois should recapture their governments. If they cannot because there are too many anti-American people there, then they should retreat. Retreat to a free state in order to reform and muster for return with more pro-Americans. We will not survive as free citizens with other citizens are being oppressed,

Stripeseven
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Stripeseven

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. — Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria in On Crimes and punishment (1764).

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Those who would deny or delay a American citizen of legal age, who is not in jail or the loony farm their GOD given, constitutionally protected rights of self defense or the right to keep and bare arms are just as culpable, just as guilty of murder, aggravated assault, endangerment etc. as the criminals who did the crime. Murder, assault by proxy is still murder and assault. The people who legislate, judge, litigate or enforcement that deny or delay a persons rights are disavowing their oath to America, the American citizens and the constitution are, by definition, treasonous. Treason has… Read more »

jack mac
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jack mac

My understand of the teaching of Jesus, he would not want you to surrender your arms.