By Townhall. For years, Chicago, Illinois has been the epicenter of the gun control movement. The city has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation yet they continue to have some of the highest crime and murder rates. And it’s not coincidental.
In fact, police officers in Chicago have seized more than 9,100 illegal firearms this year alone. And it could easily surpass 10,000 by the end of the year. . .
What’s happening in Chicago is what Second Amendment advocates have talked about for a long time. It’s sad that we have to continually reference what’s taking place in the Windy City.
The perpetual cycle that takes place in Chicago is one that can be solved by allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families. Gang members and criminals do not follow the law. That’s the very definition of being a criminal! Implementing gun control laws hurts the law-abiding, not the criminals. . .
Limiting who can own a legal firearm for self-defense empowers the gang members and criminals. They perpetuate fear because they know the only other people who are armed are also bad people. That gives them the ability to keep power and makes police officers’ job even harder than it already is. (Read more from “Gun Control Fail: Thousands of Illegal Guns Flood Chicago’s Streets – and It’s No Surprise” HERE)
9,000 Firearms and Counting: Illegal Guns Flood Chicago
By AP. . .Chicago police regularly recover more illegal firearms than officials in larger New York and Los Angeles. Last year, the citywide haul was 7,932 firearms. The 2018 tally exceeds 9,100, and police say it could surpass 10,000 by year’s end.
Police seize an illegal weapon about once every hour, most connected to gangs on the South and West sides. Authorities cite two reasons for the heavy gun traffic: Penalties for carrying these firearms aren’t considered a deterrent and, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, suspects tell officers they “would rather be caught by police with a gun … than caught by a rival gang without one.”
The department’s 6th District, one of 22 in all, leads the city in guns recovered, accounting for almost 15 percent so far in 2018. District Commander William Bradley sees progress in those numbers, measuring success in the smallest increments. (Read more from “9,000 Firearms and Counting: Illegal Guns Flood Chicago” HERE)