Whenever gun laws are liberalized the gun control advocates are quick to scream that blood will be running through the streets. However this prediction of death and destruction has failed to come true. What has happened in areas where gun laws are liberalized is violent crime either remains unchanged or is reduced. Chicago has regularly held position in the top 10 list of United States city homicide rates. Illinois recently passed carry legislation. What’s interesting is the change in Chicago’s homicide rate under Illinois’s carry law:
Chicago police are reporting that the murder rate for the first quarter of the year is the lowest it’s been in more than 50 years, which gun advocates are attributing to a concealed carry law passed in Illinois last year.
The first three months of 2014 have seen the fewest number of homicides since 1958 — six fewer than this time in 2013, and 55 fewer than this time in 2012, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.
I won’t go so far as to say Illinois’s carry legislation is responsible for the drop in Chicago’s homicide rate but the correlation is certainly there. What I will say is that Illinois’s carry legislation didn’t lead to an increase in homicide rates as predicted by gun control advocates.
The rapid decline in this country’s gun control movement is most likely due to its failure to make a case. Every prediction made by gun control advocates has failed to come to fruition. Predictions by advocates of gun rights have had great success in accurately predicting the outcome of liberalized gun laws. When one side of an argument has nothing to show but failure it makes a good case for the other side.