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Chicago, the New Murder Capital of the United States

Newt Gingrich - Photo: Gage Skidmore
Newt Gingrich – Photo: Gage Skidmore
Newt Gingrich presented a probing newsletter to members of House members questioning the effectiveness of Chicago’s anti-gun tactics and Chicago’s undeserved title of Murder Capital of the United States. A title earned with over 500 gun homicides last year — about 1 for every 5,300 people.

Gingrich asked, Why doesn’t Vice President Biden take his gun commission to Chicago, the murder capital of the United States and a place with some of the strictest gun laws in the country? By way of comparison, New York City had just 237 gun homicides with more than three times the population — only about three gun homicides per 100,000 people.

Chicago had more than 500 gun homicides in 2012, roughly 19 per 100,000 people. This puts the city of Chicago at more than 6 times the national gun homicide rate.

RT News recently reported that Chicago’s murder rate has far outpaced even other notoriously dangerous cities and will most likely be 2013’s US murder capital with 18 murders so far this year. New York City has only seen seven murders through Jan. 7, even though its population is three times as large as Chicago while Detroit, MI, which is experiencing a 20-year murder rate high, was host to six homicides through Sunday.

Yet in Chicago, it is effectively illegal to possess a handgun outside the confines of your own home. (Even taking the gun outdoors on your own property can be illegal.) Long guns face similar prohibitions outside the home or place of business. And if you have more than one gun in your household, only one at a time may be maintained in “operable” condition.

All gun owners must register themselves with Chicago police, allow themselves to be fingerprinted and take a training course on gun use, supervised by police officers, in addition to paying a $100 fee. They must also register each gun individually, at a cost of $15 per firearm.
In addition, a whole assortment of rifles and shotguns are banned completely, including many of the so-called “assault” weapons.

These prohibitions are not new to the city. In fact, for most of the last 30 years, Chicago had even stricter laws than they do today. In 2010, the Supreme Court struck down a ban on all handguns that had been on the books since 1982. The city continues to attempt to restrict guns as much as it can get away with without conflicting with the Court’s decision.

Many media elites, who are wealthy enough that they rarely need to worry about their own personal safety, are saying constantly these days that the U.S.’s gun homicide rate — higher than some cherry picked countries with gun bans — is proof that we, too, need to disarm our population.

But in Chicago, officials have gone as far as they can toward an outright ban and the city has one of the highest gun homicide rates in the developed world.

If the absence of strong gun laws account for gun violence, then how do they explain such significant outliers as Chicago? How many of these advocates for prohibition would feel the same way if they had to live in a place with the kind of lawlessness that is occurring in Chicago, with a murder rate many times the national average?

The Vice President’s commission on gun control ought to start there in the murder capital of America… and the House Republicans should immediately begin hearings on how the gun control laws now being proposed have worked out for the people of the Windy City.

The answer, as last year’s historic gun homicide rate suggests, is not very well.

Chicago Clergy Coalition Wants Illinois Gun Registry

A coalition of Chicago clergy has announced their intentions to gather 100,000 signatures to petition support House Bill 5831 for an Illinois Gun Registry.

Reverend Ira J. Acree, one of the organizers of this movement, commented that “Rifles, AK-47s and machine guns should not be in the hands of ordinary citizens.”

Ironically, automatic weapons can not be owned by ordinary Illinois citizens, so using the guise of a statewide registry to combat such weapons is a farce. Understandably the Chicago clergy is concerned about homicides in Chicago, but why suggest imposing registration on the whole state? Are rural Illinois gun owners driving up to Chicago to murder your flock?

Source: Clergy call for statewide gun registration

Getting a gun in Chicago is quick and easy?

The Chicago Sun-Times interviewed a young Chicago teen and police informer to find out how gang members obtain guns in Chicago. The answer? After phone call to his “gun guys” and a bicycle ride down the street he is strapped.

Chicago police give more details into where these guns actually come from: they’re either purchased legally (by “straw purchasers” and then sold into the black market) or stolen.

Remember, keep your firearms safely locked up and know what we are up against: easily obtainable guns for criminals.

Chicago Police Release Preliminary November Crime Statistics Total Crime Down for 23rd Consecutive Month, Along with Violent, Property Offenses

CHICAGO – Today Superintendent Jody P. Weis discussed preliminary crime statistics for the month of November during a press conference at Chicago Police Headquarters. Total crime was down Citywide by 3.8 percent, supported by a nearly 10 percent decline in overall violent crime and more than 2 percent dip in property offenses. The crime drops through the end of November marked the 23rd consecutive month of lower overall crime in the City.

Twelve fewer murders through the end of November realized a 2.8 percent drop that maintained a pace for closing the year with fewer incidents than were reported in years with historically low murder totals, including 2007 – the lowest in the City since 1965. The number of murders committed with a firearm dropped by 4.6 percent compared to last year during the same time. Through the end of November, Chicago Police seized more than 7,400 guns off of the street.

Two newsworthy incidents in November demonstrated the dedicated efforts of Chicago Police officers to recover firearms and pursue violent criminals. On November 6th, after hearing shots fired in the Logan Square community, a Grand Central (Area Five) Detective and Shakespeare (14th) District Officers worked together to apprehend the 36-year-old convicted felon who was responsible for the incident. In an unrelated event, Austin (15th) District officers arrested a 37-year-old armed robber and police impersonator who victimized two employees in a business on the City’s West Side on November 24th. Firearms were recovered in both of these incidents.

“Every day Chicago Police officers face incredible risks to defeat the opportunity for even one person to be a victim of a crime in the City,” said Superintendent Jody P. Weis. “We are pleased with fewer incidents of crime that have been reported throughout the year, yet realize there is more work to be done, and that we must have the community as a partner to have a greater effect” he added.

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November 2010 Preliminary Crime Statistics

Superintendent Weis also praised the courageous community members who stepped forward in the Officer Flisk homicide investigation. “I have said it many times, and some brave community members recently reaffirmed it–an allegiance between the community and law enforcement is more powerful than any criminal entity out there,” Superintendent Jody P. Weis stated. “I see a crack in the code of silence…now let’s shatter it,” he added.

Violent index crimes were down across the board in all categories, including drops in aggravated assaults at nearly 12 percent, robberies at 11 percent, and aggravated batteries at just over 7 percent. Incidents of criminal sexual assaults declined by 8.5 percent through the end of November, with Chicago Police making notable arrests during the month highlighting aggressive investigation of these crimes.

On November 9th, Harrison (Area Four) Detectives charged a 44-year-old man with various criminal sexual assault charges after DNA evidence led investigators to the identity of the offender responsible for assaulting two teenage girls. Two days later, Near North (18th) District officers apprehended a 26-year-old man who had attempted to sexually assault a student in a dorm room almost two months earlier. An investigative alert obtained by Belmont (Area Three) Detectives allowed police to process the offender for an attempt criminal sexual assault charge, among other offenses.

Property crimes also showed downward trends through the end of November, with slightly more than a 2 percent drop in index offenses overall compared to last year during the same time. Motor vehicle theft incidents increased by 22.6 percent, and every other property offense decreased, including drops in arson at 12.7 percent, theft at 6.8 percent, and burglary at 2 percent.

Violent Index Crime is down 9.8 percent
Homicide – down 2.8 percent
Criminal Sexual Assault – down 8.5 percent
Robbery – down 11 percent
Aggravated Assault – down 11.9 percent
Aggravated Battery – down 7.1 percent

Property Index Crime is down 2.2 percent
Burglary – down 2 percent
Theft – down 6.8 percent
Motor Vehicle Theft – up 22.6 percent
Arson – down 12.7 percent