From an article in today’s Chicago Tribune, we get another glimpse of how a city with, arguably, the strictest gun control laws in the country, is making out gun-wise.
Here are two key paragraphs:
“You can pass the toughest gun laws in the world and put police on each block,” (Chicago resident Jermont) Montgomery said. “It will not make a difference. It’s an issue of a community that needs to be healed.”
The man who was fatally shot in Chatham was one of 20 people shot during a 19-hour period from Thursday to Friday in Chicago. Six of those people were fatally wounded, including a man whose gun went off while he was in a car, according to police.
Does Jermont Montgomery, who thought of his block as “beautiful” until he heard 15 shots ring out and discovered there was a dead man on it, have a point?
Well, here – from the unfortunately named website heyjackass.com – are the 2017 statistics so far:
July to Date
Shot & Killed: 29
Shot & Wounded: 161
Total Shot: 190
Total Homicides: 32
Week in Progress (7/9 – 7/15)
Shot & Killed: 13
Shot & Wounded: 52
Total Shot: 65
Total Homicides: 15
Year to Date
Shot & Killed: 343
Shot & Wounded: 1621
Total Shot: 1964
Total Homicides: 370
And let’s remember, we are less than one month into the summer, when shooting activity tends to be most intense.
Now I will ask a question. The one I ask every time I post this kind of information.
How many of the shootings/killings in Chicago this year, do you figure were performed by people who own legal guns – i.e. the people who obey gun control laws?
If the answer is next to none – and you can bet it is – then what do stricter and stricter gun control laws have to do with the shootings and killings in Chicago?
To quote Mr. Montgomery, “You can pass the toughest gun laws in the world and put police on each block. It will not make a difference.”
I don’t know much about Jermont Montgomery. Only what I read in the article excerpted above. But one thing I do know: he has a better understanding of how meaningless adding more and more gun control laws are to Chicago’s gun violence than the ignorant – or, worse still, uncaring – people running that increasingly dangerous city.