Between Chicago city ordinances, Cook County laws and Illinois state laws, Chicago is among the nation’s leading places for strict gun control laws. If the arguments used by Democrats to push gun control are true, then Chicago should be one of the safest places in the nation to live. But is it?
In 2014, Cook County, Illinois (home of Chicago), came in as the county with the second highest murder rate in the nation. The only county with more murders than Cook county was Los Angeles County in California, which has a high percentage of illegal aliens.
In November 2015, I wrote:
“October 1, I reported:
“‘Well then, let’s take a look at Chicago to see just how wonderfully effective their gun control laws are. According to reports, this past weekend saw 52 people wounded and 4 killed by guns. This marks the second weekend in a row with more than 50 shootings. To date, at least 2,300 people have been shot within the city of Chicago. That’s an increase of around 400 more than during the same period in 2014. The increased shootings have resulted in a 21% increase in the homicide rate over the same period as last year.’”
“A more recent report revealed that to date, there have been 2,703 shootings resulting in 440 deaths in Chicago. That is more deaths by guns than Chicago had for all of 2014 which exceeded the record numbers for 2013. This indicates that even with strict gun laws, shootings and gun related deaths are still increasing.”
A more recent report stated that there were 492 homicides in Chicago for all of 2015. The same report stated that there were 779 homicides in Chicago for all of 2016, an increase of 287 homicides.
The same report also stated that in 2016, Chicago saw 4,385 shootings (fatal and non-fatal). That’s a huge increase over prior years.
Towards the end of January 2017, it was reported:
“As of early Monday, at least 228 people had been shot in Chicago so far this year, a 5.5 percent increase from the 216 shot in the same period time last year. There have been at least 42 homicides, up 23.5 percent from the 34 homicides from the same period in 2016.
Last January closed with 50 homicides, the most for that month in the city in at least 16 years, according to police statistics. The year ended with 783 homicides, the most since 1996, according to data collected by the Tribune.
This January has seen several violent weekends. Over the New Year’s weekend, 55 people were shot, five of them fatally. The next weekend saw a sharp drop, two killed and seven wounded. Over the following Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, 39 people were shot, 10 of them fatally.
This past weekend 54 people were shot, six of them fatally. There were seven attacks that wounded three or more people, according to police.”
On April 25, 2017, the Chicago Tribune reported:
“Two people were killed and five others were wounded over a single hour in Chicago on Monday as the number of gunshot victims this year passed the 1,000 mark.”
“The city reached the grim milestone four days later than last year, which saw the worst gun violence in two decades, according to data kept by the Tribune.”
“As of Tuesday morning, at least 1,008 had been shot in Chicago this year. Last year, the city passed the 1,000 mark on April 20.”
“There have been at least 182 homicides this year, just two fewer than this time last year, according to Tribune data.”
Over the 2017, July 4th holiday weekend, at least 102 people were shot. City leaders seem baffled and bewildered by the continued gun violence. Some are calling for even stricter gun control laws, but they’ve already pushed the limits of what the courts will allow.
City leaders fail to understand that it’s not guns, but the culture and society that’s been created by removing God from most aspects of life and for replacing Him with liberal ideology. The two combines for a hopelessness that leads to violence and total disrespect and disregard for others.
If civic leaders really want to do something to reduce gun violence, they need to change the culture of America and that needs to start with returning to biblical principles and a belief in God, not Allah. Then and only then will they see a decrease in gun violence.