This was the headline:
the city’s Police Department said Wednesday that in 2013 the city recorded the fewest killings since 1965 and saw its overall crime rate fall to level not seen since 1972.
and this was the note I made on it:
Wait for it …
must have been an overturn in the gun ban laws … .
A few days later I saw this article:
In that article I found this paragraph:
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s long-standing gun ban. And last year, Illinois legislators were forced by a federal appeals court to adopt a law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the only state that still banned the practice. The resulting state law largely stripped city and officials of surrounding Cook County of their authority to regulate guns, which especially irked officials in Chicago, where residents had to apply for concealed-carry permits through the police chief.
So let’s see. The first article stated:
The year (2013) did not start promisingly, with more than 40 homicides recorded in January, […] But the rate slowed considerably after that, and by the end of the year the city had recorded 415 homicides, 88 fewer than in 2012 and 20 fewer than in 2011.
When you link in this part from the 2nd article:
last year, Illinois legislators were forced by a federal appeals court to adopt a law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons in Illinois
and put 2 and 2 together, well you can start to see the pattern, can’t you? It is clear what happened last year that caused the homicide rate to slow considerably.
Ever since I’ve been following Dr John Lott I’ve seen this pattern repeated all over the place. I saw it after the gun law battle in Washington DC, and I’ve been watching it here in Chicago. It is a verifiable, undeniable fact that when people are allowed to carry guns, crime goes down.
There is no need for “dialogue” on this anymore, no need to “have a conversation” about this anymore. The facts are in, the time for talking is done. The 2nd Amendment works, it always has, and now it’s for the government to sit down, shut up, and let the people arm themselves.
Even the Detroit police chief realizes that now.
Oh, and for the record, as long as people are going to send their children off to public schools, it ought to be standard practice that all teachers are armed and certified in gun/target training. Anyone that you entrust your children to ought to be able to protect them.
If I Found It In My Mailbox
Hmmmm…interesting question to ponder.
Clipped from House of Eratosthenes
Saw this on House of Eratosthenes a while back, and wanted to put my own thoughts to it.
Even if this were true – because Lord knows there are plenty of rude neighbors out there like this – clearly this person who advocates living in a “safe Christian neighborhood” hasn’t read much of their Bible, if they have one.
Even Christ Himself told His disciples to arm themselves when they went out:
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
36 And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.
The sword was even more important than the coat, apparently!
My $.02. 🙂
Perry – who recently referred to himself as a “definite old-school Republican” – also noted that he would like to see some “continuity” in terms of gun laws from state to state.
“It seems ridiculous that you can be in one state with your driver’s license and buy a firearm, and then in the next state it is totally illegal,” he continued. “There are real problems to that, but as soon as you bring up the subject and say ‘gun control’ it sets a red flag. It is definitely a difficult issue, and the bottom line is the Constitution is what it is, and I stand by everything that is in it. Right now, some of the statistics show that some of the safest places in the country are places where law-abiding citizens are allowed to have firearms, and the crime rates are low.”
Click the link up top for the rest of the article.
As a big Aerosmith and Joe Perry fan, I love reading stories like this. I learned Joe was a Republican a few years ago, but I didn’t know about the gun stuff. Only adds to the coolness, in my book. 🙂
Exactly! Moonbattery nails my thoughts perfectly.