Last year, the city of Chicago suffered with more than 500 homicides, despite having some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. Here we are just 30 days into 2013 and at least 40 are already dead in the Windy City.
For anyone who can connect the dots, it seems that stricter gun control laws do little (if anything) to prevent gun violence. Why then are Congress and the Obama administration following Chicago’s example?
Think I’m just a right-wing nut-job clinging to my guns? Even the New York Times is starting to connect the dots…
Not a single gun shop can be found in this city because they are outlawed. Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that was going too far, leading city leaders to settle for restrictions some describe as the closest they could get legally to a ban without a ban. Despite a continuing legal fight, Illinois remains the only state in the nation with no provision to let private citizens carry guns in public.
And yet Chicago, a city with no civilian gun ranges and bans on both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, finds itself laboring to stem a flood of gun violence that contributed to more than 500 homicides last year and at least 40 killings already in 2013, including a fatal shooting of a 15-year-old girl on Tuesday.
The 15-year-old girl was Hadiya Pendleton. Last week she was in Washington, D.C. to celebrate President Obama’s second inauguration; this week, she was gunned down in the South Side’s Kenwood neighborhood — less than a mile from Obama’s home. She was shot in the back at a neighborhood park in the middle of the afternoon.
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