How’s Gun Control Working for You, Chicago?

There is a common saying: If you’re stuck in a hole, stop digging.

While all people can get stubborn about their mistakes and persist in them even as they become more plainly visible, politicians are especially prone to this behavior. No matter how obvious it becomes that they are creating problems, the only solution that is considered is doing more of what is making the problem worse.

The only exception I can think of is alcohol prohibition. Politicians actually reversed course. That was a rare exception. Consider gun prohibition.

The Chicago Tribune reports, “10 days into new year, more than 100 people shot in Chicago.”

Seven people were shot to death and 30 more were wounded across Chicago over the weekend, raising the number of shootings in the city to more than 100 in just over a week into the new year, according to police.

The fatal shootings included two teens killed by a store clerk during a robbery in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, and one of three people shot at a party four blocks from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home.

As of Monday morning, at least 19 people have been killed in gun violence in Chicago this year and at least 101 more have been wounded, according to data compiled by the Tribune. This time last year, nine people had been killed and another 31 wounded, according to statistics kept by the Chicago Tribune.

So you would think that here is a clear sign the Chicago’s gun prohibition has failed.

But no! According to the police the only problem is that there is not enough gun control. It will all work if we have more of it.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi released a statement blaming most of the violence on “chronic gang conflicts.”

“Every year Chicago Police recover more illegal guns than officers in any other city, and as more and more illegal guns continue to find their way into our neighborhoods it is clear we need stronger state and federal gun laws,” Guglielmi said in the statement. “So far this year, the majority of the gun violence we’ve seen are a result of chronic gang conflicts driven in part by social media commentary and petty disputes among rival factions. Despite an overall lack of cooperation from gang members, detectives are working aggressively and making optimistic progress in several cases.”

It is amazing how “weak” state and federal gun laws don’t cause such gun violence in places where it is much easier to legally carry.

Guglielmi treats it as unquestionable that the only response is more of the same: more gun prohibitionism. Why? It’s obviously not working.

[See also, “Violent Crime in Chicago on the Rise.”]

Notice also that after gun control comes speech control. The logic of the statement is that if we didn’t have social media we wouldn’t have the problem of gang violence.

I would like to know how often the average violent criminal gets caught in Chicago and how often a violent criminal who is caught sees the inside of prison. It seems these gang members don’t fear the consequences of breaking the law. Are there any?