The state of Illinois and the city of Chicago are both considered to be fairly anti-gun. A Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) is needed just to purchase a firearm or ammunition. Chicago recently let up on its gun control laws a little bit, but those haven’t been changed long enough for a real armed populace to form.
While Illinois did recently pass a concealed carry license law, it’s considered pretty watered down compared to many places in the country.
With all of the restrictions and red tape on owning a gun in Chicago, by gun control logic it should be one of the safest cities in the country. However, the complete opposite is true.
Case in point. Here is an excerpt from an article in the Chicago Tribunewhere 36 people have been shot in 36 hours in the Windy City.
At least 36 people were shot in Chicago, four of them fatally, in as many hours over the weekend, with more than half of the shootings occurring over a half-day period stretching into early Sunday.
Officers responded to at least 27 incidents, starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side involving an attack that left a 17-year-old girl dead and two other people wounded, police said. There were also fatal shootings in the South Shore neighborhood Friday night and the Washington Park neighborhood early Sunday, both on the South Side.
Temperatures in Chicago reached 80 degrees over the weekend, and most crime trends tend to show violent crime increasing as temperatures rise.
One thing is clear, Chicago’s and Illinois’ gun control laws aren’t working.
Also, where is the mainstream media on this? If 36 people were shot by a guy armed with an AR-15 it would be front page news for weeks, but 36 people get shot with handguns in multiple incidents and it’s barely a blip on the media radar.