COMMENTARY | According to the Washington Times, the Chicago Police reported that the city has seen the fewest murders in the first quarter of 2014 since 1958. Not coincidentally Illinois started issuing concealed carry permits in January.
The Chicago Tribune relates a recent incident to illustrate how this works.
“A 53-year-old South Austin man with a valid concealed carry permit was able to shoot at two men who tried to accost him outside of his home early this morning.
‘The incident happened about 2:40 a.m. on the 5400 block of West Van Buren Street, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan.
“The man was walking from his garage to the front of his home when two males in hoodies appeared in a gangway between his home and the neighbor’s home, Sullivan said.
“One of the two men pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed at the man who took out his own gun and managed to fire several times at the males, Sullivan said.
“The males fled the area without being struck and the shooting did not result in any property damage, police said.”
Public officials in Chicago who opposed concealed carry, such as Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, beg to differ. It’s better police training or more community programs or something. Good people with guns fighting off bad people with guns surely cannot have anything to do with it.
A recent Congressional Research Study found that between 1994 and 2009 privately own firearms increased from 192 million to 310 million. The firearm murder and non-negligent homicide rate plunged from 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993 to 3.2 per 100,000 Americans in 100,000. Furthermore the overall murder rate dropped from 9.0 per 100,000 in 1994 to 4.7 per 100,000 in 2011,
We are now seeing that phenomenon being played out in Chicago, which used to be a free fire zone where the law abiding was concerned. Now the law abiding are able to shoot back, with results the world is witnessing.