Or as CBS2 in Chicago put it, a carjacking on the city’s northwest side was stopped by “a concealed carry “gunman.”
A 25-year-old woman walking from her house to her car on her own street. There are three sets of eyes were on her. Two belonging to the carjackers and one to a friend who jumped in and started firing.
Around 7:15 Monday morning in Jefferson Park, the 25-year-old woman behind the wheel of a black Nissan Rogue, with ride share stickers on it, is carjacked by two people on the 4800 block of North Moody.
In the moments that followed, a 26-year-old man, a police radio called him her husband, approaches the scene. With a valid concealed carry license, he begins to fire on the SUV.
Neither of the carjackers were hit, but the lawful gun owner was able to hold one of the suspected carjackers until police arrived a few minutes later. Officers arrested a second suspect a few hours later.
According to Fox32 in Chicago, the concealed carry holder isn’t facing any charges in connection with the incident.
Meanwhile, police in Chicago say the number of homicides in the city has dropped dramatically in 2019 compared to recent years, from a high of almost 800 murders in 2016 to 491 in 2019. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that arrests have been made in less than a quarter of the city’s murders, unfortunately.
“This is a milestone for us, it’s not success though,” CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Monday.
So far, arrests have been made in 101 murder cases that originated in 2019, according to department records.
The Harrison District on the West Side — historically one of the most violent parts of the city — again had the most murders of the CPD’s 22 districts in 2019, with 71 as of Monday. The Lincoln District on the North Side was the only district in the city to not see a single murder all year.
I don’t think anybody would call more than a murder a day a “success” story, but at least the numbers are trending in the right direction.
It’s also important to note that the homicide totals are dropping even as the number of Chicago residents legally carrying firearms for self-defense has grown to around 40-thousand. According to gun control activists like Shannon Watts, the increasing number of legally carried guns on Chicago streets should be creating more homicides. Instead, we’re seeing the number of murders decline as more citizens legally arm themselves for protection.
More guns doesn’t lead to more crime, despite the claims of anti-gun politicians and gun control groups. Chicago still has plenty of work to do to lower its crime rate, but the city can see a continued reduction in shootings and homicides, as long as the focus is on the drug and gang-related violence, and not the city’s law-abiding gun owners.