Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy, who warned in September that he’d have officers shoot concealed carriers, has the gall to claim today that concealed carry will lead to more gun violence:

As the state’s first permits to carry concealed firearms began arriving in the mail this week, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was warning of potentially deadly consequences from having more guns on the streets.

Illinois State Police began sending out the first 5,000 concealed carry permits last week, and those permits began arriving in the mail this week.

McCarthy, who has been one of the most vocal critics of the law allowing Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms in public, warned there will be confrontations that could escalate into a deadly shooting – similar to January, when a retired police officer shot and killed a man who threw popcorn at him at a Florida movie theater; or when a Florida man shot four teens – killing one – during an argument over loud rap music in 2012.

“Stand by and watch what happens. The answer to gun violence is not more guns,” McCarthy said.

“Stand by and watch what happens.”

Mr. McCarthy, we have stood by and watch what happened in the 49 states that preceded Illinois into the modern era.

“What happened” is that violent crime continued to subside in each and ever state, and the bloodbaths promised by hysterical people like you and your supporters in various citizen disarmament cults simply never took place.


Concealed carry has been expanding across the nation since the mid-1980s, and with it, crime has decreased, as part of a national trend.

Perhaps if Garry McCarthy can’t stomach abiding by the law, or the thought of citizens exercising their constitutional rights, he should consider resigning… and giving up his own gun in the process.