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Chicago Violent Crime Plummets After SCOTUS Removes Gun Ban

We've never been a fan of Chicago's Mayor, so it is with glee that we report how wrong he was about the repeal of Chicago's ban on handguns. Here's a excerpt of the article...

Murder and violent crime rates were supposed to soar after the Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s and Washington, D.C.’s gun control laws. Politicians predicted disaster. “More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence,” Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty warned the...

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The decision signaled that some limitations on the Constitution's "right to keep and bear arms" could survive legal challenges.

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I agree that More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence." since guns only leads to more violence and some data suggest that people with guns tend to have more incidents.

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January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterakeh

FBI crime statistics do not lead us to conclude that legal gun possession and concealed carry either increase or decrease gun-related crimes. Both sides of the gun debate are wrong here. Enforcement and conviction rates are what really make a difference between jurisdictions. There are also socioeconomic, cultural and local issues that tend to generate more gun violence or keep it low.

The war on drugs and methamphetamine epidemic are two primary factors creating gun violence. Legalization of marijuana and the use of drug courts and decriminalization of certain drugs would dramatically reduce the need for drug users/purveyors to use guns to defend themselves and their territories.

Another special area of gun related crime is related to people who are normally law-abiding citizens but go through a piercing emotional situation through separation, divorce, breakup, loss of a loved one, and mental breakdown. It seems to me that a lot can be done to help couples resolve conflict without resorting to gun violence. This type of gun violence is overwhelmingly targeted at women. I am not suggesting taking guns away here, but instead educating couples who have guns about the dangers of having them around during severe emotional and mental situations.

And, finally, improvements in the systems that help to detect and treat mentally ill people and prevent them from possessing guns while they are ill.

Republicans would have us live in anarchy and let the mentally ill get guns and let couples continue to kill each other and continue to cause violence through prosecution of people who do the nonviolent crime of using drugs.

It seems to me that it is up to DEMOCRATS who support Gun Rights to clear the air about the legal ownership of guns and the root causes of gun violence because the Republicans surely won't. We can then hopefully get to the right balance: Citizens can possess and carry legally in most of America while our society/governments change the drug laws and implement programs that help those most at risk of gun violence, while maintainging strong enforcement and prosecution for those who truly deserve to be in prison.

March 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCC

The 2nd Amendment does not give me the right to keep and bear arms. It prohibits the government from infringing on my God given right to do so.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Good post, CC. Your approach of actually considering this issue in more than 1 dimension would blow away both sides of the aisle in D.C. The Republican Party (not their constituents) doesn't care about gun control any further than their ability to use it as a political weapon. They would walk away from it tomorrow if they thought it would bolster their base. The Democratic Party( not their constituents), who I do believe is acting with the best of intentions, fail to see some very important points.

1. There is already too many guns on the street to hope to make a real difference. Without doing a house to house search (impossible, rediculous and likely to start a civil war) in an attempt to regain these weapons, any effective ban would only be a "feel good" fictional document designed to further convince people that mankind has evolved beyond its basic animalistic nature.

2. Gun bans will only stop GUN violence and there is plenty of ways to be violent without a gun. Ask Timothy McVeigh about that . Oops, you cant now.

3. As this thread says in the beginning: It would be unconstitutional to put any legislation into place that might actually help this situation. It always amuses me when some "right wing fanatic" talks about our guns being taken away. These people obviously have no idea how the governmental system of checks and balances work.

All that being said, I do believe that a gun in a hand can turn a coward into a vindictive egotist who will eventually make a bad decision. Do we have a blood test for that?

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRon B

Checks and balances.

I sure am glad that has kept the IRS from targeting conservative groups, and that Mr. Obama understands the desirability of working toward common goals by being civil, especially from the front of the bus.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJBlake

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