The National Rifle Association (NRA) perpetuates the myth through one of its favorite slogans that "Guns don't kill people; people kill people." CBS Local News reported that Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy testified today that is wrong: "Guns do kill."
McCarthy couldn't disagree more and made the argument, as he testified before an Illinois Senate Subcommittee, chaired by State Senator Dan Kotowksi held at the Bilandic Building in downtown Chicago.
"Simply stated, Chicago's murder problem is a gun problem," McCarthy said. "We have a real simple problem in Chicago. There’s too many guns coming in, and there’s too little punishment going out." In support of McCarthy's argument that "Guns do kill," McCarthy is armed with a report, which goes against the beliefs of the NRA.
Sitting right behind McCarthy during the testimony was Todd Vandemyde, chief lobbyist for the NRA in Illinois. McCarthy was there to testify on the report: "Tracing the Guns, Impact of Illegal Guns on Violence in Chicago." The highlights of that report are the following:
- Chicago’s gun violence is traced to the number of illegal guns that are available in Chicago;
- 60 percent of all guns recovered in crimes in Chicago came from other parts of the country, in other states, many that have weaker gun laws than Chicago; and
- Most of the guns used in crimes came from four stores, three from Cook Country and the other from Gary, Indiana.
The city of Chicago plans on a multifaceted approach to reducing the gun violence, with the commitment by the Mayor’s Office and the Chicago Police Department to "take every step to hold accountable the straw purchasers, retail stores, and irresponsible gun owners who arm criminals and young people."
The testimony of McCarthy before the Senate Committee, came on the same day as Rep. Robin Kelly released her gun report.
The release of a 66-page report, "The 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America," also known as the "Kelly Report," which is the first-ever Congressional analysis of the nation’s gun violence epidemic that offers a blueprint for ending the violence with guns crisis in America.
The "Kelly Report" makes the stunning finding that "Approximately one million Americans have died from gunshot wounds in homicides, accidents, and suicides during the last three decades—more than the sum total of combat deaths in all the wars in U.S. history."
The "Kelly Report" calls for gun violence to be called a public health issue. "Over the past 50 years, our society has made far less progress in understanding how to protect our citizens from gun violence (and violence more broadly) than we have learned about how to protect citizens from other serious threats to life and health."
The purpose of the "Kelly Report" and McCarthy's testimony before the Senate Committee was to figure out ways to keep guns out of the wrong hands. McCarthy referred to the report to explore ways to approach the problem, as Rep. Kelly referred to the "Kelly Report."
As expected, Todd Vandemyde of the NRA, said there isn't a problem, saying that many gun shops already take precautions to prevent guns from ending up in the wrong hands.
With Vandemyde taking the company line of the NRA, it is no surprise that they are not interested in public safety, but only interested in protecting the interest of their real clients, the gun manufacturers. Explain that to the 85 Americans killed every single day by gun violence.