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Gun Control Backfire
Chicago gun sale ban unconstitutional, judge rules
A federal judge on Monday overturned Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms, ruling that the city's ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said in his ruling that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it's also obligated to protect constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. However, Chang said he would temporarily stay the effects of his ruling, meaning the ordinances can stand while the city decides whether to appeal.
The decision is just the latest to attack what were some of the toughest gun-control laws in the nation. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago's long-standing gun ban. And last year, Illinois legislators were forced by a federal appeals court to adopt a law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the only state that still banned the practice. The resulting state law largely stripped city and officials of surrounding Cook County of their authority to regulate guns, which especially irked officials in Chicago, where residents had to apply for concealed-carry permits through the police chief.
Detroit police chief James Craig says more citizens should be armed
Detroit’s police chief has a solution to help drive down crime in one of the nation’s most dangerous cities: arm more citizens.
James Craig made the comments at a police press conference Thursday, when he announced a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013, The Detroit News reported. Although urban police typically favor gun control, Craig said his views evolved after working in Los Angeles and Maine, where concealed weapons permits are more easily obtained.
“I changed my orientation real quick,” Craig said. “Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”
Thursday’s comments echo statements Craig has made in the past, including those he made last month, when he said responsible citizens who carry concealed pistol licenses “translates into crime reduction.”
These two articles clearly show an awakening in America to the real problems concerning violent gun crime.
Most of the recent mass shootings we have seen across the land have been carried out by mentally unstable individuals while the other gun related violent crimes have been carried out by criminals.
Chicago and Detroit are perfect examples of the failure of strict gun control laws to deter violent gun related crime.
The wild west was settled by law abiding citizens with guns.
Perhaps the Detroit Police Chief is right in saying that more law abiding citizens with gun permits “translates into crime reduction.”
History has shown the Police Chief's words to be true.