Chicago: Where Criminals No Longer Fear the Police

Jack Dunphy (a pseudonym of an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department) gives us an officer’s view of crime in Chicago from outside of Chicago. Chicago: Where Criminals No Longer Fear the Police:

It’s a shame that the public has to be reminded of this from time to time, but any cop can testify to this inescapable fact of police work: Where there is no punishment for criminal behavior, crime will flourish.
Nowhere has this been demonstrated with greater clarity lately than in Chicago…

Do you think his view is accurate?

Guest Post: Incorporation and the 2nd Amendment

Hi, this is a guest post from my blog, which I am reproducing here without any editing, save for this introduction and a short bit about who I am at the end of the post. Ryan was very kind to ask me to reproduce this here and I hope everyone enjoys reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.

More theoretical political thought, since the last post on American political history and thought was oh so popular! This one is on the recent extension of Incorporation to the 2nd Amendment. Of course, the 2nd Amendment – the right to bear arms – has been probably the most contentious of the Bill of Rights, and dutifully so. A very strong percentage of Americans, especially American liberals, believe that gun control is an important method of crime prevention, especially aggressive and violent crimes.

Due to the case of Barron vs. Baltimore, the Bill of Rights was not applied to state or city governments in the United States; therefore, according to constitutional precedent, while the federal government cannot unreasonably restrict the right of a person to bear firearms, the many state and municipal governments are not bound by that particular restriction. Many states and especially cities, therefore, established laws banning handguns and other restrictions. One of these cities was Chicago.
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6 Reasons Why Only 83 CFP Applications Submitted So Far

Robert Farago at The Truth About Guns points out that CPD has only received 83 applications for Firearms Permits (as of Monday) vs. 100,000+ illegal guns (estimate based on a 2007 study).

TTAG also outlines 6 Good Reasons why Chicagoans may not be turning out in the droves we hoped for.

Warning: Misinformation About CFP Reported via Associated Press

I just confirmed this with the Chicago Police Department Firearms Registration Desk.

Only 1 Chicago Firearms Permit is required ($100 every 3 years).

Each firearm MUST be registered, and will incur individual fees per each.

The Chicago Tribune did not approve our comment suggesting the inaccuracy. The Associated Press is apparently feeding this misinformation out this morning. CBS2 has also picked it up.

You can read the supporting documents in our downloads section.

Let us know if you spot this anywhere else and feel free to point them in the right direction.