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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Murderland, Illinois

Advocates of gun control just can't seem to grasp what's wrong with their position.

From the Chicago Tribune (Click here for original story at ChicagoTribune.com)
"Four shootings -- two of them double homicides -- and a stabbing left 7 people dead Saturday, authorities said.
In what appeared to be the last homicide of the day, a 32-year-old man was fatally stabbed about 11:50 p.m. in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side, police said . . .
. . . Less than two hours earlier, about 10:05 p.m., a 38-year-old man was killed in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, making him the sixth person shot dead Saturday, police said."
7 people dead in one day, 6 killed by handguns.
Chicago reached 510 murders and around 2,400 shootings in 2012. Most of these shootings and murders were committed with the use of a handgun.

All this in a city that banned handguns in 1982. As I wrote in a previous article "The Right To Bare* Arms":
"Chicago, the new murder capital, banned handguns in 1982. In the first decade of the ban, there was a 41% increase in murders, doubling the national average . . .  Chicago could seriously be considered a warzone; by June 2012, gun-related deaths in Chicago outnumbered troop deaths in Afghanistan for 2012."
That's right. They banned handguns and what happened? Handgun crime went up. Why? Because a criminal with a gun in Chicago knows that 9/10 of the people he runs into won't be able to properly defend themselves.

Gun control unfairly targets law-abiding citizens, such as the 2/3rds of gun owners in New York who are refusing to comply with the state's recently passed gun restrictions. Gun control does nothing to prevent those with the intention of breaking the law or killing someone from simply buying a gun illegally

I hear Eric Holder's got the best deals.

Gun control advocates don't understand that just because the government bans something doesn't mean that thing suddenly disappears. It just makes it harder to get for people who choose to follow the law.

EDIT: It has come to my attention that handguns are not banned in Chicago (the law was recently overturned by the Supreme Court), but the city does have extremely tight gun laws that drive criminals to the black market. As Matt Duxbury points out:
Guns are legal in Chicago since the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases. However most people don't go through the long process to get one "properly" registered (which is unconstitutional). As always the criminals don't care about your "laws". 
Big thanks for the correction, Matt. I think it's important to remember that the point remains the same: criminals go around the laws. 

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