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Gun laws aren't the answer, they're the problem

Crime is out of control in Chicago, far worse than most cities of a similar size, and 2010 has seen over 100 homicides already in the city.

In the wake of all of this, Illinois State Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford have called for Governor Pat Quinn to call in the National Guard to help restore the peace.

Other suggestions have poured in as well. Hiring more police, though budgetary restraints make that a difficult option, is always at the forefront. Social programs, drug law reforms, improved school funding, and other similar programs are all being discussed.

Mayor Richard Daley feels the answer is tougher gun laws, though fails to adequately explain how more gun laws will help in a city with laws already so strict they're the subject of a Supreme Court case.

"This is all about guns, and that's why the crusade is on," Daley said to media recently. "We hope to get their cooperation in Springfield."

He is correct that it is all about guns, but not in the way he means. The biggest issue is that the criminals and gang members have free reign in the city because of citizen disarmament. You can't let a pack of wolves have free access to the corral and then complain they're eating the sheep.

People have the right to defend themselves, whether in Chicago, DC, New York City, or Cleveland. Take those rights away and criminals will flourish. Imposing martial law won't change that simple fact.

Chicago needs to repeal its draconian gun laws or the death toll will keep rising.

Comments

  • straightarrow 4 years ago

    The gangs are an important part of the Chicago political machine's power. There exists a symbiotic relationship by which both side enjoy enhanced power, prestige, and profit due to this relationship. Neither side want the status to change as both rely on a terrified public to grant them sway.

    NG ain't happening. This request to the governor is just theater to influence a favorable outcome in the political machine's quest for more power over its terrified denizens.

  • leonard 4 years ago

    I thought that the old midnight basketball program was supposed to solve this problem!

  • Becky, Clev. Family Examiner 4 years ago

    Tougher gun laws - yeah - that is gonna scare the criminals away!! Lack of common sense in government officials is just mind boggling.
    When I was growing up, Russia was the enemy - each side built up nukes. No one fired.
    If you have a gun and I have a gun there is a certain deterrent factor.
    Take one side's guns away and things are not so good.

  • Robert 4 years ago

    Daley maintains control if citizens live in fear and he offers the only hope. The gangs keep the public living in fear and dependent on Daley. Both sides reap the finanical benefits of a terrified public. Being the public in Chicago is like being caught between two warring gangs and one gang is keeping the public defenseless. It is time for Chicago citizens to rise up and force the repeal of those laws so that another 100 innocent citizens do not die before the end of the year. Be interesting to find out who breaks more laws. The cops or the crooks.

  • citycat68 4 years ago

    birth control not gun control,we have 13 year olds craping out
    kids that is the problem

  • Joe Doakes 4 years ago

    How long will Springfield Armory stay in Illinois?

  • Otter 4 years ago

    Strick enforement of existing gun laws will help reduce the violence. More gun laws will make no difference. People under the age of 21 in possesion of a handgun should be brought up on Federal charges. They have longer prison sentences and no chance of parole. Increased penalities for existing gun laws could also be a big help. Second offenses should be even more harsh. Punish those that violate our freedoms, not the honest law-abiding person who follows the law. AND, voting out all the democrats in Illinois would also be a big help in reducing crime.

  • johnq 4 years ago

    Must one fail Reason 101 to be a politician?

  • tell the truth 4 years ago

    Chicago has always had a crime problem but once calm was restored the crime and homicide rates always fell that is until the FOID card and 68 GCA were passed.

    People in Chicago especially Blacks bought guns through the mail. The checks and balances that these guns provided kept Chicago safe.

    As straight- arrow said gangs are also an important part of the Chicago scene without them Daley wouldn’t have the fear card to play

  • Bob 4 years ago

    Cops....armed historians....think about it

  • RobertG 4 years ago

    And yet the people of Chicago continue to elect such as Daley; Washington, DC, Los Angeles and New York all continue to elect hoplophobes and suffer high crime rates. Perhaps Stupid is heredity. But for me and mine-we ALL go to the range at least once a month. We have the security screens, dead bolts of course, loyal well trained dog, alarm system and some very old and very reliable Remingtons in 12 ga.

  • RobertG 4 years ago

    And yet the people of Chicago continue to elect such as Daley; Washington, DC, Los Angeles and New York all continue to elect hoplophobes and suffer high crime rates. Perhaps Stupid is heredity. But for me and mine-we ALL go to the range at least once a month. We have the security screens, dead bolts of course, loyal well trained dog, alarm system and some very old and very reliable Remingtons in 12 ga.

  • Thomas 4 years ago

    It is not as simple as more gun regulations bad, less gun regulations good. It all depends on the law and the balancing act between protecting 2nd amendment rights and ensuring that criminals don't say, go to gun stores and try (as they often do) try to buy guns.

  • straightarrow 4 years ago

    Thomas, where's the evidence of your assertion? Further, it really is that simple. More guns=good. I don't care if criminals have guns. I really don't. No law is going to stop them or they wouldn't be criminals. Force or the realistic expectation of force will. Criminals like inurance companies do not accept high risk.

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