[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Over the weekend, Chicago was awash in a campaign of violence. 47 people were shot in the Windy City and nine died from their wounds. One of the murdered individuals was a seven year-old boy and the son of a gang leader.
The city endured a weekend of carnage and, sadly, this has become all-too-predictable.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Chicago maintains the strictest gun laws in the nation and the penalties for simple unlawful ownership of a firearm are severe. So, how is it that Chicago has, for decades, maintained some of the strongest gun laws and still suffers from some of the highest crime rates in the developed world?
Of course, the premise is simple: guns in the right hands (ie: law-abiding citizens) deters crime. However, if one were to believe Chicago’s police superintendent, the answer to quelling this violence lies in more gun laws and more of the same policies that have failed Chicago residents for a half century.
Discussing the weekend of carnage, the notoriously anti-Second Amendment crusaders Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy emotionally discussed the events and what could have been done to stop them. He blasted gangbangers, their parents and, of course, guns- those vile instruments who are at the root of all bloodshed.
“These officers are putting their lives on the line. Does anybody realize what we’re talking about here? There are guns, they kill people!” said McCarthy.
McCarthy also offered a simplistic analysis of gun violence by blaming “gun possessors” for the violence.
“It’s real simple,” McCarthy said at the conference. “Gun possessors are potential murderers. If they don’t learn a lesson for carrying the gun, they keep carrying the gun. They get into an argument, now instead of fighting, they shoot.”
While it is true that these violent criminals should not have guns, the mere fact that they are violent criminals should indicate that they do not follow such laws. Creating new laws that hinder those who are inclined to follow them from carrying a weapon is only sure to add to the bloodshed as time and time again, Americans must bear witness to a simple, undeniable fact: the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
McCarthy has long crusaded against those who seek to defend themselves. In 2013, discussing the city’s concealed carry permits that the courts forced them to begin to issue, McCarthy stirred controversy as he warned that he would be instructing his officers to shoot concealed carry holders and ask for a permit later.
“You put more guns on the street expect more shootings,” McCarthy said. “I don’t care if they’re licensed legal firearms, people who are not highly trained… putting guns in their hands is a recipe for disaster. So I’ll train our officers that there is a concealed carry law, but when somebody turns with a firearm in their hand the officer does not have an obligation to wait to get shot to return fire and we’re going to have tragedies as a result of that. I’m telling you right up front.”
It seems clear that McCarthy views firearms as the culprits of violence and it seems to matter little who is holding the gun.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]