[quote=“2cent, post:14, topic:37630”]
I do believe OSB is yanking chains.
Maybe he truly does believe that firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens won’t curb the violence. But that’s just saying he thinks gang members are better shots.
[/quote] More guns in the hands of more citizens will do very little to combat most of the type of crimes that we have here in the city. My other point was history shows that having easy access to guns does very little to curb crime in a town like Chicago. Between 1870 and 1920, Chicago’s crime rate grew at an essentially steady pace, reaching a peak of 10 per 100,000 in 1919. During this period, Chicago was growing in population and density. With the onset of national Prohibition in 1919, many of these immigrants gained lucrative employment in the bootlegging field, and for the first few years of the 1920s, at least, murder rates fell by nearly 50%. But as the various parts of Johnny Torrio’s syndicate began falling apart in 1924, culminating in the murder of Torrio’s north side associate Dion O’Banion, likely at the hand of his south side associates, the Genna brothers, Chicago’s “Beer Wars” began, and the murder rate skyrocketed by 250% between 1923 and 1928. Even as Prohibition ended in 1931, murder rates remained high throughout the early 1930s, the worst years of the Great Depression, before falling below 5 per 100,000 in 1943. No doubt the massive mobilization of American men out of Chicago and into military companies in army barracks and overseas locations played no small role in the low murder rates of the early 1940s men have traditionally constituted the vast majority of both murderers and murder victims.
After WWII, Chicago’s murder rate again began to climb as the city continued growing in size until around 1950. The city’s demographics also changed during this period, as increasing automobile ownership and better highways allowed families seeking larger homes to commute from the suburbs, while younger cohorts without children remained in the city (most murderers are drawn from the ranks of 17-24 year olds).
Between 1943 and 1965, Chicago’s murder rate rose at a roughly constant rate, increasing by 1 per 100,000 about every three years. However, between 1965 and 1970, the murder rate rose much more dramatically, increasing from 11 per 100,000 in 1965 to 24 per 100,000 in 1970. Guns were legal and easily obtainable in Chicago throughout this whole period. More legal guns do not equal less crime.