Even though Chicago has some of the most repressive gun control laws on the books the city’s murder rate continues to top the nation’s charts. In fact the murder rate in Chicago is worse today then it was during the reign of Al Capone:
In this I-Team report, Chicago’s rising murder rate in a new context, how the numbers of shooting deaths compare to the city’s most notorious crime era, the one that has tarnished Chicago’s reputation around the world for a century.
The surprising stats show the city is worse off now in the category of murder than at the height of the era that has driven Chicago’s reputation for almost a century, Capone’s “gangland” Chicago.
Let’s compare two months: January 1929, leading up to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and last month, January 2013. Forty-two people were killed in Chicago last month, the most in January since 2002, and far worse than the city’s most notorious crime era at the end of the Roaring Twenties. January 1929 there were 26 killings.
Gun control obviously hasn’t solved the problem. Knowing this most people would be forced to admit the cause of the high murder rate is something besides guns. Then again the city’s politicians know this just as well as everybody else. In their minds gun control isn’t about guns or murder rates, it’s about disarming the people they expropriate from.