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History Justifies Supreme Court Overturning Chicago Gun Ban

The high court has decided it’s time for the people of Chicago to protect themselves.

by
Howard Nemerov

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June 28, 2010 - 12:54 pm
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The Chicago Police Department appears to have the intention of only serving selected Chicago residents. FBI data show that between 2000 and 2008, Chicago’s violent crime trends compared poorly to New York and Los Angeles, the only two cities with greater populations. (All three have more gun control compared to the rest of the country.) The table below shows that Chicago maintained higher rates of murder, robbery, and aggravated assault, and had the smallest rate decreases, too. (Chicago doesn’t record rape according to FBI guidelines.)

Three biggest cities, violent crime comparison
City Murder Rate Robbery Rate Aggravated Assault Rate
2000 2008 %Chg 2000 2008 %Chg 2000 2008 %Chg
New York 8.7 6.0 -30.5 420.3 265.0 -36.9 527.7 332.0 -37.1
Los Angeles 14.8 10.2 -31.1 418.2 348.3 -16.7 880.8 334.0 -62.1
Chicago 21.9 18.0 -17.7 678.6 588.6 -13.3 930.2 602.0 -35.3

Would more police make a difference?

According to FBI’s 2008 staffing reports, the answer is “no.” The table below shows that both New York and Los Angeles realized larger crime reductions despite having lower police staffing levels than Chicago (rates in officers per 100,000 population).

2008 Police Presence (per 100k pop.)
City Population Cops LEO Rate
New York 8,345,075 35,761 429
Los Angeles 3,850,920 9,743 253
Chicago 2,829,304 13,359 472

Chicago PD wants to lower entrance requirements is so they can “bolster minority hiring.”

Does this mean Chicago deems African Americans too slow or under motivated to exert themselves to qualify under the current rules for candidates?

Here’s what the professionals said concerning the lowering of admission standards:

Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue:

You need a testing process. … You need to be very concerned about the very limited information you would get from just a screening and application process.

Charlie Roberts ran the Chicago PD training division from 1995 to 1999:

If you don’t give someone at least a reading comprehension test, can you just put them in and risk the possibility of having so many of them fail? That could get quite expensive.

Brad Woods ran the Personnel Division under two previous Chicago Police superintendents:

A background check and a psych [exam] alone will not eliminate some people who should not be there.

Bottom line:

  • Chicago promotes gun control laws shown to be harmful to African Americans.
  • Chicago PD claims it needs to spend more non-existent tax dollars to correct a perceived lack of racial equality within the Department.
  • Even with one of the highest police staffing rates in the country, Chicago isn’t addressing violent crime as effectively as other large cities with lower staffing rates.

The Supreme Court has decided it’s time for the people of Chicago to protect themselves.

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Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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