The City of Chicago has long been the poster child for gun control’s absolute failure in preventing violent crime. After all, Illinois has plenty of gun control and has for quite some time, almost all of which was the result of trying to reduce violent crime in the Windy City.
And yet, Chicago still has plenty of bloodshed.
For example, this past weekend wasn’t exactly a great time for the city.
Forty people were shot, four fatally, in shootings across Chicago this weekend, police said.
Five people were shot in a drive-by shooting early Sunday in West Garfield Park, Chicago police said. One of the victims, a 40-year-old woman, was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at a hospital. The other four victims were taken to various hospitals in fair condition. One of the victims told police that a person in a vehicle shot at them around 2 a.m. in the 4000-block of West Washington Street. No one is in custody at this time.
In another fatal shooting early Sunday, a man was shot to death just before 2:30 a.m. in the 1000-block of North California Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said. No one is in custody and area detectives are investigating.
A man was shot while riding a bicycle early Sunday on the Near North Side, police said. The 29-year-old man riding the bike was shot in the thigh and arm around 12:15 a.m. in the 600-block of West Scott Street and was taken to a hospital in good condition. No one is in custody at this time.
The previous weekend saw 27 people shot, five of which were killed.
Yet let’s also remember that Illinois has a permit-to-purchase requirement, among other things. In order to lawfully buy a gun, you need a FOID card.
None of these shooters had one, I’ll wager, because criminals simply don’t follow the law.
“But these guns are coming from out of state,” someone will claim, to which I respond, “So?”
Things like the FOID requirement were put in place specifically because proponents claimed they would prevent bad guys from getting guns. It’s pretty clear they don’t, but rather than admit the law in question has failed miserably, anti-gunners blame Chicago’s problems on places like Indiana.
In other words, their laws never actually fail, in their minds, it’s always someone else’s fault.
I’ve got to be honest, when the fault is never yours but always because of someone or something else, that’s a symptom of narcissism. Just saying.
Regardless, all that Illinois gun control doesn’t really seem to do much in Chicago, nor will it. That’s because criminals don’t obey the law.
Once you understand that, you start to realize why gun control doesn’t work. It just makes it harder for those who want to do things lawfully. That includes acting in self-defense.
Guess who really feels the burden of that? The poorer folks in Chicago, which is a city with a lot of people just scraping by.
They might be able to muster the money for a firearm, but then they have to pay for a FOID card as well, which just raises the prices.
And the bad guys don’t even worry about it.