During his address on gun control, President Obama noted that gun violence “happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”
Last I checked, Chicago is the gun control capital of America. Consider this 2013 New York Times article written by Monica Davey, the paper’s Chicago bureau chief:
In Chicago, the rules for owning a handgun — rewritten after the outright ban was deemed too restrictive in 2010 — sound arduous. Owners must seek a Chicago firearms permit, which requires firearms training, a background check and a state-mandated firearm owner’s identification card, which requires a different background review for felonies and mental illness. To prevent straw buyers from selling or giving their weapons to people who would not meet the restrictions — girlfriends buying guns for gang members is a common problem, the police here say — the city requires permitted gun owners to report their weapons lost, sold or stolen.
By these lofty standards, Chicago should be the safest city in America. Yet gun violence increased in Chicago by 11% last year with more than 475 homicides most of which came at the wrong end of a gun. And not one of Obama’s executive orders will make Chicago any safer in 2016 than it was in 2015.
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