The anti-gun nuts always make the claim that if only we had stricter, and what they like to refer to as ‘commonsense’, gun laws we would finally be able to bring an end to all of this senseless violence. But what these zealots always fail to mention is the fact that stricter gun laws would do absolutely nothing to reduce the level of gun violence that takes place in this country. And how do we know this? That’s easy, simply look at those locales that have taken it upon themselves to create an environment that is essentially nothing more than city-sized gun-free zones where the only people who end up having guns are the bad guys.
For instance, in 2017 there were 664 homicides in Chicago, home of some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Now in an effort to put that number into some sort of perspective, there were 37 casualties in the U.S. military in its myriad operations around the globe. And it’s not me who came up those numbers, it’s according to data from the Chicago Tribune and from the Department of Defense’s press office. The Chicago deaths are for the period Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017; the military deaths are from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 22, 2017, which is the latest update on casualties by the DoD posted so far.
From the data available, we see that Chicago suffered 17.9 times more homicides than did the U.S. military worldwide last year, and that would include both combat and non-combat related deaths. U.S. troops have been fighting in Afghanistan since October 2001, more than 16 years ago. U.S. troops have been in Iraq since March 2003, more than 14 years ago. The Chicago homicides are monitored and documented by the Chicago Tribune staff 24 hours a day, according to their website, “Crime in Chicagoland.” And yet it’s seldom that we ever hear much from the left when it comes to the big city body counts other than as an excuse for more gun laws.
But look, we’ve all heard about the murder rate in Chicago for years. But Chicago is far from being the only Democrat run big city with a violence problem. And while some will say that there is cause for celebration because the number of murders occurring in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. dropped last year (2017), look at the murder rates in places such as St. Louis, the New Orleans area, Baltimore, and Detroit. You will find that they all have murder rates, per capita, higher than that of Chicago. So it’s not just Chicago that has a problem. The murder rate in other cities, also where gun laws are very strict, remains very, very high!
And while I am not trying to beat a dead horse, I think all rational thinking people are all very well aware of what this call for stricter gun laws is really all about. And it has nothing whatsoever to do with public safety. That’s simply how those on the left continue to try to sell it. It’s all nothing more than another effort to circumvent the Constitution and to go about the complete, and systematic, disarming of the American people. Because whether you think of me as being paranoid or some sort of conspiracy nut, we the people are the last line of defense against a tyrannical government that would, if it could, strip from us every freedom we possess.