Ignoring the facts regarding guns, Chicago continues to be one of the most dangerous places in America due to its highly restrictive gun laws, causing the death of nine over this past weekend. More than 60 people in Chicago were shot over the July 4th weekend resulting in nine deaths because Chicago lawmakers refuse to abide by the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment and use common sense allowing Chicago residents more freedom with guns.
It has been repeatedly proven the more guns citizens have in a geographical area, the less crime there will be in that area. In 2012, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) found a sharp decline in crime as more guns were in the hands of Americans. It showed that firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide rate was 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993. Following the exponential growth in the number of guns, that rate fell to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000.
Recent actions by businesses wanting their customers to leave their guns in their cars and not bring them into theirs stores creates less safe environments where criminals and the mentally ill can find defenseless targets. Groups such as Mom Demand Action and Everytown are making America less safe by intimidating businesses and elective office candidates. If mothers of gun violence victims were able to take an objective view of the facts, they would be advocating to get guns in the hands of more Americans, not to disarm them.
Last week in Lake Worth, Florida, a Palm Beacher with a gun saved the life of another who was being attacked by firing a warning shot. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's police report, the victim would have likely died had the man with the gun not have intervened. As we reported, late last month Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Florida's 'warning shot' legislation into law, allowing additional protections for those firing warning shots to stop violence.