Restoring the Sacred

Thursday, June 3, 2010

It Didn't Work in Chicago

John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, wrote this piece on National Review Online yesterday. Aside from confirming the inarticulateness and ignorance of the mayor of Chicago, it proves again his thesis for More Guns, Less Crime.

The Chicago gun debate finally shows signs of changing. With the Supreme Court’s decision on the city’s gun ban imminent, people might be beginning to understand that gun bans don’t stop criminals from getting guns...

Murder rates soared in D.C. and Chicago after their gun bans were put in place. As shown in the just released third edition of my book More Guns, Less Crime, before the late-1982 ban, Chicago’s murder rate was falling relative to those in the nine other largest cities, the 50 largest cities, the five counties that border Cook County (in which the city is located), and the U.S. as a whole. After the ban, Chicago’s murder rate rose relative to all these other places. Compared with the 50 most populous cities, Chicago’s murder rate went from equaling the average for the other cities in 1982, to exceeding their average murder rate by 32 percent in 1992, to exceeding their average by 68 percent in 2002.

Click below to read the whole article.
Guns and Crime in Chicago - John R. Lott Jr. - National Review Online

Finally, here's a quote from Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley that was not mentioned in the John Lott piece (emphasis mine):

I understand the situation and I understand. What I'm saying is all of us have to understand that guns is not the answer to problems we see in homes and on the streets of America. It's just has simple as that.

He is, indeed, his father's son.

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