The city of Chicago is “exhibit A” in a long list of gun control failures. In fact, the violence has gotten so bad that the city (with roughly 0.8 percent of the national population) is skewing the statistics for other cities.
As Breitbart reported:
According to The Washington Post, the Brennan Center of Justice expects “the homicide rate for the country’s 30 biggest cities… to go up by 14 percent this year.” But that increase does not tell the whole story; namely, that “the killings in Chicago account for an astounding 43.7 percent of this overall increase in [homicides].” In other words, if year-end numbers do in fact show the anticipated “14 percent” jump in homicides nationally, the deaths in Chicago alone will account for nearly half of that increase.
Chicago had 762 murders in 2016, and while the statistics aren’t yet available for the total number of homicides in 2016 nationwide, if we were to assume the statistics remained constant (and in all fairness, they likely increased), Chicago alone would’ve accounted for just under 5 percent of the nation’s murders despite being under 1 percent of the population. While liberals in the city try to solve their gun-control caused problems with more gun control, one of the most ridiculous restrictions on the Second Amendment the city tried to enforce just got shot down.
According to HotAir’s Ed Morrissey:
Chicago’s latest attempts to ban gun ranges within its city has failed again in federal court, again at the Seventh Circuit. The three-judge panel upheld a lower court ruling that overturned zoning restrictions that clearly intended to keep ranges from operating. In a 2-1 split, the appellate court also overturned a blanket ban on minors entering gun ranges under any circumstances.
It’s clear that when this is the kind of gun control Chicago is pushing for, it’s not for public safety. They’re simply restricting Second Amendment freedoms for the sake of restricting them. In the Court’s decision, they stated “The city has provided no evidentiary support for these claims, nor has it established that limiting shooting ranges to manufacturing districts and distancing them from the multiple and various uses listed in the buffer-zone rule has any connection to reducing these risks,” the court wrote in its opinion.”
Now if only they’d rule this way on all of Chicago’s other absurd gun laws.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]