By Kevin “Coach” Collins
In spite of liberal bleating about more hand guns surely leading to more gun violence, in spite of predictions of a return to “Old West” style settling of arguments by gunfights and attacks on the Supreme Court as being “unwise” for affirming the right of Americans to keep guns in their homes, the sky did not fall. Gun we have learned, really don’t kill me after all.
Data just released by Chicago shows gun crimes and murder rates are down in the Windy City and substantially down in Washington D.C. since the right of individual ownership of guns was forcibly returned to the people.
In the first six months of this year Chicago’s murder rate dropped 14% providing the largest semi annual decrease since 1982 when Richard Daley decided he knew better what was good for his constituents and rammed through his draconian anti second Amendment laws.
Since the Heller Decision dragged Washington DC, back to the Constitution in 2008 the murder rate in the nation’s capital dropped 2 ½ times faster than it has in the rest of the country. Compared to pre- Heller times, murders in DC are down by 34% gun assaults are down 37% and robberies with guns involved are off by 25%.
Not surprisingly we have heard nothing like the din that would follow the predicted catastrophes the Left is always crying about.
Comparing Florida to Illinois
Despite the clear evidence from Chicago supporting the crime fighting value of an armed citizenry Illinois stands alone as the only state that continues to ban lawful citizens from carrying concealed handguns. Of course, the State with the worst debt crisis insists it knows how its citizens should protect themselves even if it knows nothing about running its own affairs.
By comparison a new law in Florida compels local officials, including police chiefs, to follow state laws on possession of guns, rather than local laws, under penalty of personal prosecution which could lead to up to a $5,000 fine and removal from office. Moreover, the new law gives individuals charged with violating now nullified local gun laws the grounds to sue and recover up to $100,000.
Predictably a local official in Democrat controlled Pembroke Pines in South Florida said, “All I can think of is that movie with Bill Murray running around saying ‘this is crazy, this is crazy.” They never change their playbook.
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