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Chicago Gun Violence Skyrockets In Spite of Strict Gun Laws

Chicago is run by liberal Democrats that are loyal to Barack Obama. The Mayor is Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff. The city not only is having financial difficulties, but their public schools are hurting with teachers regularly striking or threatening to strike.

Chicago had over 400 shootings for the month of August. So far for 2016, over 2,800 people in Chicago have been shot and they have seen 487 homicides. For all of 2015, there were 2,988 people shot and the city had a total of 491 homicides. In comparison, so far this year, Chicago has recorded more people shot and more homicides than New York City and Los Angeles combined.

In January 2016, Chicago shattered their record from 2015 for shootings and murders with 242 shootings, 292 shooting victims and 51 murders compared to only 119 shootings, 136 shooting victims and only 29 murders in 2015.

If strict gun laws work as Obama and Clinton claim they do, then you would expect Chicago to have a much lower incident of shootings and homicides than they do.

Illinois has fairly strict gun control laws. To legally own a firearm in the state, a person must apply for a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card issued by the Illinois State Police. Before issuing a FOID card, the state police conduct a background check using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) maintained and operated by the FBI. Even though state law specifies that the state police deny or issue a FOID card within 30 days of the application, the process often takes up to 60 days or longer due to a backlog of applications. Once issued, FOID cards are valid for 10 years unless otherwise revoked for various reasons prior to the 10-year expiration.

To purchase a firearm in Illinois, the seller must verify the validity of the buyer’s FOID card. This process is known as the Firearm Transfer Inquiry Program (FTIP). If the FOID card passes the FTIP check, the buyer must wait 24 hours before taking possession of the purchased rifle or shotgun and 72 hours for a handgun.

In addition to the state gun laws, Chicago has passed some of their own. They have banned the ownership and possession of assault weapons which includes a variety of semi-automatic weapons. They’ve also banned ammo magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammo. If a person 17 years of age or younger lives in the home with a legally owned firearm, the firearm must have a trigger lock or be stored in a locked gun cabinet/safe or is secured to the body of the legal owner of the firearm. (This makes gun ownership useless for self-defense if anyone breaks into the home, but liberal Democrats care nothing about the right to defend one’s person, family or property.

After a federal judge overturned Chicago’s ban on all gun sales within the city, the city passed a new ordinance in June 2014 that specified that gun sales can only take place in certain locations in the city. All sales must be videotaped and the ordinance limits a person to purchasing only 1 firearm within a 30-day period.

Furthermore, Cook County, which encompasses the City of Chicago, also has a ban on assault weapons and certain semi-automatic weapons. No ammo magazine can hold more than 10 rounds of ammo. As for gun storage in the home, they have the same requirements as Chicago, except that the requirement for all guns to be locked and secured apply to any house containing anyone younger than 21.

A couple of recent studies have also indicated that legal gun owners are NOT the major cause of gun violence. In one study, it was found that 79% of gun crimes committed in Pittsburg were committed by non-gun owners and only 14% were committed by legal gun owners. Another study indicated that law enforcement officers are six times as likely to be guilty of a firearm violation than a legal conceal carry permit holder.

What’s happening in Chicago and elsewhere in the United States clearly demonstrates that strict gun control laws don’t curb gun related and violent crimes. In fact, gun control laws only make it harder for the law abiding American people to legally protect themselves, their families and homes. Criminals still get guns and still commit crimes regardless of what laws are in place.

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Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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