Georgia native, Newt Gingrich, former 2012 presidential candidate and former Speaker of the U.S. House stated today in a newsletter to members that Chicago had more than 500 gun homicides in 2012 roughly, 19 per 100,000 people.
He also wonders why Vice President Joe Biden does not take his gun commission to the murder capital of the U.S., Chicago.
Gingrich asked, “Why doesn’t Vice President Biden take his gun commission to Chicago, the murder capital of the United States and a place with some of the strictest gun laws in the country? By way of comparison, New York City had just 237 gun homicides with more than three times the population — only about three gun homicides per 100,000 people.”
“Chicago had more than 500 gun homicides in 2012, roughly 19 per 100,000 people. This puts the city of Chicago at more than 6 times the national gun homicide rate,” said Gingrich.
RT News recently reported that Chicago’s murder rate has far outpaced even other notoriously dangerous cities and will most likely be 2013’s US murder capital with 18 murders so far this year. New York City has only seen seven murders through Jan. 7, even though its population is three times as large as Chicago while Detroit, MI, which is experiencing a 20-year murder rate high, was host to six homicides through Sunday.
Gingrich continued, “Yet in Chicago, it is effectively illegal to possess a handgun outside the confines of your own home. (Even taking the gun outdoors on your own property can be illegal.) Long guns face similar prohibitions outside the home or place of business. And if you have more than one gun in your household, only one at a time may be maintained in “operable” condition.”