What does it really cost to register a handgun (or other firearm) in the city of Chicago? The costs start climbing quickly when you add in the fact that you must travel outside of the city 30+ miles to the nearest shooting range and gun class.
Some members at Illinois Carry are discussing what the “unconstitutional gun tax” costs are adding up to, with time, mileage, fuel, paperwork and fees.
Anywhere from $400 to $900? Doesn’t seem exactly fair, does it?
Here’s a slightly dated (but still very significant) well-researched and factual essay on the merits of concealed carry for reducing shooting deaths by F. Paul Valone of Guns, Politics, and Freedom.
Valone cites researchers John Lott of Yale and William Landes of the University of Chicago paper studying multiple victim public shootings. Their data of records from 1976-1995 found that in states where concealed carry was adopted shootings declined by 84%, deaths reduced by 90% and injuries from shootings down 82.5%.
What is it about concealed carry that has this effect? The researchers credit the threat of armed victims as the deterrent.
“[T]he only policy factor to have a consistently significant influence on multiple victim public shootings is the passage of concealed handgun laws.”
Source: ‘Gun-free’ zones fail; concealed carry works By F. Paul Valone.
Chicago Police Release Preliminary Crime Statistics for July. Overall- down 4.8%. Violent crime is down by 11%.
Chicago Police Superintendent Jody P. Weis discussed preliminary crime statistics for the month of July at a press conference held at Chicago Police Headquarters today. Superintendent Weis highlighted the drop in murders and 19th consecutive month of lower overall crime. At the same time he recognized that declining crime figures are not a relief for victims and residents who have seen an increasing number of violent incidents reported in the news.
Every single category of violent index offenses was down through the end of July. Four fewer murders resulted in a 1.5 percent decrease, ending a four-month consecutive rise in the offense. Robberies, which were down in 22 of the City’s 25 police districts, showed the greatest drop in violent index offenses at just over 14 percent, followed by an 11 percent drop in aggravated assaults and 9.2 percent drop in criminal sexual assaults. The number of aggravated batteries similarly was lower compared to last year during the same period, as shown in a 7 percent drop.
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Lt. Dan Marcou brings us another view of violence in Chicago and how we can affect it and what impact the gun violence has had on Chicago’s officers.
His article: Despite ‘no-snitch’ rule, cops clear cases leads in by commending our dedicated officers’ spirit in the face of adversity: citizens and crime victims who will not cooperate and the horrific and increasingly brazen attacks on cops.
Lt. Marcou offers up 6 key reasons why you need to be involved in your neighborhood:
1. No criminal can operate openly on a street corner unless the neighborhood tolerates it.
2. No neighborhood is fit for a child to be raised in when criminals are allowed by neighbors to operate freely in that neighborhood.
3. Police are less effective without citizen cooperation.
4. If a community allows criminals to intimidate them into silence, they will eventually will become prisoners of their own fear.
5. With total community backing, the police can send criminals packing.
6. A criminal commits no crimes in a community during the years he is locked away in a prison.
He points out that Chicago police have cleared 30% of the homicides and 18% of the less-than-fatal shootings. Although this may seem to be a low number, Lt. Marcou believes that this is an “incredible” result considering the code of silence that surrounds violent crime in Chicago.
After a recap of the terrible loss of three officers in the last three months he leaves us with this call to action:
The citizens of those neighborhoods turning a blind eye to the unchecked violence of ruthless gang bangers must decide if they want their children to thrive in the neighborhoods the community chooses to change for the better, or cower in the neighborhoods the gangs destroy.
One thing is certain. While the citizens of Chicago struggle with these issues, thousands of officers of the Chicago Police Department will strap on their duty belt and pin on their badge each day and hit the means streets of the “Windy City” often beleaguered, ever indomitable.
Stay safe, stay strong, stay positive!