Chicago, the home of Al Capone, Barack Obama and an abundant supply of other criminals, is a vast wasteland of violence. The city that boasts of maintaining the most-stringent anti-Second Amendment laws in the entire nation is, not-so-coincidentally, riddled with gun violence perpetrated by those who are willing to commit murder and thus, unworried about the legality of their firearm.
Though there is much to love about the Windy City- Pizzeria Due, the Art Institute, Dick Butkus- the city has long been engulfed in a wave of violence as city officials have stubbornly worked to keep firearms out of the hands of the law-abiding population while any scumbag with a C-note can get their hands on a cheap pistol.
The police, they assure citizens, are there to serve and protect. Why would anyone need a gun when the police are just a phone call (and lengthy wait) away?
It turns out, however, that not only are police incapable of keeping the entire city safe; for those who looking to commit murder in Chicago, feel comforted in the knowledge that there is but a slim chance that the police will arrest you.
Outrageously, the percentage of solved murders in Chicago dropped to a near-record low in 2015 with an astounding 94% of people who shot and wounded others escaping charges.
As for homicides alone, the city saw 472 lives snuffed-out and police only solved 123 of the crimes- only a 26% clearance rate.
To put it another way: shoot someone in Chicago, and there is 6% chance you will have charges filed. Murder someone and there is a 26% chance you will be held to account for your crime.
DNAInfo Chicago reported on the abysmal numbers:
That’s nearly a 3 percentage point drop in murder clearances compared to 2014, when police solved 28.6 percent, or 119, of that year’s 416 murders.
Last year’s decline in the percentage of solved murders that occurred during the same year was 1 percentage point higher than the 25 percent clearance rate in 2012 — the lowest rate in more than two decades, police data shows.
Detectives had even less success solving the 2,021 nonfatal shootings in Chicago last year. Only 9.5 percent of those shootings were “cleared” by detectives.
But of those cleared cases only 126, or about 6 percent, lead to charges against shooters, the data shows.
The other 67 cases were “cleared exceptionally,” which means police know who the shooter is but are unable to make a case to bring charges; the state’s attorney wouldn’t bring charges; a victim refused to testify after identifying a shooter; or the offender was dead.
Officials have blamed the pathetic clearance rate as a result of the “no-snitching” code of silence among scumbags.
Though that certainly plays a role, such honor among thieves (or murderers) has not prompted such remarkably-low clearance rates in other cities with similar or larger populations to Chicago.
Whatever the reasoning to justify the lousy rate, it seems that residents aren’t getting their money’s worth for the taxes being paid.
If murders remain sky-high and there exists a remarkably-low chance that perpetrators will be caught, what does that say to criminals about the risk of committing a heinous act? Where does that leave the good citizens of Chicago?
It leaves them unarmed and bereft of justice.
If the police cannot be everywhere (and it is unreasonable to believe that they can be), it is time to facilitate easier, quicker and cheaper access to firearms for law-abiding citizens for their own defense.