Cities with restrictive gun laws are the safest, touts the Coalition To Stop Gun Violence and other similar groups. “Stricter laws result in safer streets for our children and everyone else” and “let’s pass commonsense gun laws.” Who could be against the above mentioned statements?
We’ll, not so fast, let’s talk commonsense as opposed to knee-jerk reaction. In 2015 Chicago had 2,995 shootings resulting in 443 deaths. The first 12 days of 2016 saw 130 shot. So how could this happen with Chicago having some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States? One reason is called “plea bargaining.” Example: The gang banger that shot and killed a rival’s 9-year-old son for revenge, had been arrested a year previously with a pistol. The pistol charge was plea bargained (dropped) for a quick conviction on a lesser charge.
So the next time we hear the rant “commonsense gun laws,” let’s fire back with “how about commonsense gun prosecutions.”
Ton Donnell, O’Fallon