While Democrats and President Obama continue to lecture that so-called gun control laws need to be stricter, Chicago, the city with one of the highest murder rates in the country and with one of the toughest gun laws in the nation, has seen its murder rate soar in the first three months of 2016.
According to USA Today and the Chicago Police Department, Chicago has witnessed 141 murders this year, compared with 82 murders during the first three months of 2015.
Chicago Police reported that there were 677 shootings this year compared with 359 at the same point last year, mostly committed by black and Latino gang members.
The rise in the murder and other criminal acts is due to a report that the Chicago police department reported a decrease in investigative stops by cops on the streets during the first two months of the year. The police department entered an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.
Has anything change with the crime rates in Chicago? In 2012, Chicago had more than 500 gun homicides, roughly, 19 murders per 100,000 people.
In 2013, Chicago’s murder rate has far outpaced even other notoriously dangerous cities and had 18 murders so far this year before the month of January 2013 had ended. New York City has only seen seven murders through Jan. 7, 2013 even though its population is three times as large as Chicago is while Detroit, MI, which is experiencing a 20-year murder rate high, was host to six homicides through the second Sunday in January 2013.
During that period of time, Georgia native, Newt Gingrich, former 2012 presidential candidate and former Speaker of the U.S. House stated in a newsletter, “All gun owners must register themselves with Chicago police, allow themselves to be fingerprinted and take a training course on gun use, supervised by police officers, in addition to paying a $100 fee. They must also register each gun individually, at a cost of $15 per firearm.”
“In addition, a whole assortment of rifles and shotguns are banned completely, including many of the so-called “assault” weapons, “Gingrich said.
Yet, three years later, the ACLU proudly states, in their response, that it has done a good job, meaning more citizens in Chicago are now dead.
Their response stated, “We reject any suggestion of a so-called “ACLU effect” to explain the recent spike in gun violence on Chicago’s streets. There is no discernible link between the rate of invasive street stops and searches by police and the level of violence. Indeed, when such stops dramatically decreased in other cities, like New York City, we saw no such rise in crime. There simply is not any evidence of this so-called “effect.”
Again, the ACLU is wrong, as shootings in neighborhoods in New York have risen due to demands by the ACLU to halt the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisks tactics that drop 99% in Brooklyn, while shootings increased in Brownsville, East New York.
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