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More guns equals less crime in Chicago as murder rates plummet

More guns equal less crime in Chicago as murder rates plummetFollowing the enactment of concealed carry legislation in Illinois, Chicago’s murder rate fell to the lowest levels since 1958 almost immediately.

Gun control groups have often mocked gun rights groups who say the best way to prevent gun violence is to make it easier for law-abiding citizens to own and possess firearms, claiming the problem is too many guns.

However, studies have consistently shown that the states and local governments with the least restrictive gun laws also have the lowest violent crime rates, while the opposite is true in cities such as Chicago and Washington D.C., which have some of the nation’s most restrictive gun control laws and frequently have the highest crime rates.

However, new crime statistics for Chicago should serve to put the question of which group is right to rest.

The Chicago Sun-Times, citing newly released police data, noted that in the first quarter of 2014 the city recorded the lowest numbers of homicides than at any time since 1958.

In 2012 and the first part of 2013, the city was facing an epidemic of homicides that were even surpassing the death of soldiers in Afghanistan, prompting some to point out that a person was safer fighting the Taliban than they were walking the streets of Chicago.

The city has had a longtime ban on handgun ownership and possession of a long gun is also heavily restricted. The requirements were so strict; they prompted a lawsuit that went all the way to the Supreme Court over the city’s licensing requirements. The court ruled that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms by individuals applied to individual states.

While other states have long had concealed carry laws to some degree or another, Illinois did not allow citizens that right. However, last year for the first time the state and Chicago legalized concealed carry, and ever since, the murder rate in the city has seen a decline.

While it is too early to tell if this is part of a long-term trend or not, it does appear to back up other studies that have shown that increasing the ability of citizens to carry concealed weapons helps lower the crime rate.

However, Chicago’s Police Supt. Garry McCarthy appears to not be willing to see even the possibility that the concealed carry law is having any effect on the crime rate. In fact, McCarthy told ABC News that the new law would cause the murder rate to go even higher.

“We’re going to have tragedies from this,” McCarthy said regarding concealed carry in Chicago. “The answer to gun violence is not more guns — it’s less guns.”

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  1. DallasNE

    Apr 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Not sure how you can arrive at the headline statement. Other factors are at play and there is no realistic way to measure the influence of each of the factors. One such factor was weather. Chicago had its coldest winter in generations. Not even criminals like to brave wind chills of -30 degrees. Indeed, one could argue that the cold weather was the primary factor driving down the murder rate in Chicago. Only if the 2nd quarter is also much lower can you begin to claim what the headline states. Otherwise it is, yup, it was the weather.

    • T. Steinruck

      Apr 9, 2014 at 6:19 am

      Florida and most other states with liberal concealed carry laws have experienced a drop in violent crime. I can’t imagine that Chicago’s experience will be any different. It would be hard for their murder rate to be any worse

    • Benny kay

      Apr 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      well this is true if it was not true they would find a way not to print it like that just let them have gun and find out! then you will know the truth.

  2. Rich Stein

    Apr 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    In 1992, nearly 950 people were killed in Chicago. Ten years later, by 2002, that number had fallen, but the homicide count still stood at 656.
    The 433 homicides in Chicago in 2011 were the fewest in two decades, although you certainly wouldn’t know that from the media’s coverage of Chicago crime in recent years.
    In 2013 the city recorded the fewest killings since 1965.
    Hardly an immediate drop.

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