Below is a letter I fired off to, well, everyone.
August 19, 1999 Just heard a very interesting report on NPR this morning. Apparently, the city of Chicago is cracking down on illegal gun sales and strawman sales. Bravo to them! The interesting part though is the statistics quoted in the report. Chicago has had a complete ban on handguns since the early 1980's. However, even with this complete ban on guns, nearly all of the 700+ murders committed in the city last year were done with guns. Also, all but 4 of the gang-related murders were committed with guns. "In 1998, Chicago had 704 homicides, 536 of them attributable to guns, police spokesman Pat Camden said. Gangs members were responsible for 182 homicides, all but four involving guns." http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/AP19990818_361.html (link 404, sorry) What this says to me is that banning guns simply does not work. The criminals (gang members) will always have guns. They are criminals - they disobey the law. It's just that simple. The Chicago gun-ban has not reduced crime; in fact, last year was one of the most violent years in recent history. 1997 was nearly as bad, with over 65,000 violent crimes, according to the FBI crime statistics. The Chicago gun-ban has prevented law-abiding regular people from buying guns. And why do people need to buy guns? It's a violent world out there. Yes, we can reduce violence by teaching our children and avoiding violent input to our minds, but in the short term, real world, people need protection. There were over 700 murders in Chicago last year. How many of those murders could have been prevented if the average person had been carrying a concealed weapon and was trained in the proper and lawful use of the concealed weapon? People are dying, thousands every year, because they simply cannot purchase or legally carry a concealed weapon. This is wrong. No amount of gun-banning or regulating will prevent the criminals and the gang-bangers from getting their guns. Proper enforcement of existing laws, sensible laws allowing people to own and carry guns, and stiff punishment for violating gun laws will make matters better. Food for thought. Will England
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