Is Chicago proof that gun laws don't work? | The Tylt
Is Chicago proof that gun laws don't work?
Gun rights advocates have argued for years that gun control doesn't work because criminals don't care about laws, and Chicago's out-of-control gun violence proves it. As David Rittgers argues:
Strict gun-control policies have failed to deliver on their essential promise: that denying law-abiding citizens access to the means of self-defense will somehow make them safer....The simple, undeniable truth is that gun control does not work.
Chicago does have some of the most restrictive gun ordinances in the country. Gun shops and civilian gun ranges are banned, as are assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. But more than 15,000 of the guns traced by the police in the last decade came from just outside the city limits in neighboring towns that permit gun stores.
Gun control advocates argue Chicago's laws can't make up for the easy access to guns in the rest of Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Gun violence is a collective national problem, not a local one that can be reduced to debates over a single city's gun laws.