Can Chicago residents defend themselves? You’re welcome to run and hide, move out of the city, or just hope you don’t become a victim, but the city has basically banned handgun ownership and does not allow concealed carry permits. The state is a bit more lenient, but there is no state preemption of local laws.
Here’s what I consider an unbelievable statement by Chicago police department spokeswoman Monique Bond…
But Bond took issue with the governor’s contention that crime is “out of control” in Chicago.
In fact, she said if the current murder rate holds in the city, 2008 may end with fewer than 500 homicides and that it is expected to be one of the least deadly years in the city in the last 40 years.
Is 500 homicides an acceptable figure? Sweet goodness; I’d define that as out-of-control. Totally.
Although I’m all for firearm ownership and training for those who wish to carry, it’s not the only option. Just having concealed carry laws helps to reduce crime, even if only a small percentage of the residents actually carry.
It’s quite obvious that criminals – when they have a choice – prefer gun free zones to commit their crimes. The profession is less hazardous – for them – when the good guys don’t have a firearm for protection.
Chicago, and other cities like Washington D.C. are clear examples.
The democrat governor is even offering up State Police and National Guard troops to help out in the city. Malkin has more and some good comments flowing.