Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Concealed Weapons Ban in Chicago is a Joke

Governor Quinn opposes concealed weapons, “saying Tuesday that he would veto any measure lawmakers sent him that would allow citizens to walk around with loaded guns in public.” Nevermind that 48 other states have such a law. People are apparently too stupid in Illinois to be able to carry concealed weapons.

Meanwhile, let’s take a look at a few incidents that have happened on Chicago’s North Side over the past month:

From Chicago News Report:
A North Side neighborhood grocery store was robbed at gunpoint, leaving the clerk nearly traumatized.
At approximately 11:19 p.m., an armed robbery was reported at 521 West Diversey Parkway in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The address belongs to a business called The Market Place Food Store.

The three black men, one armed with a gun, stole money from a safe and $50 to $60 worth of coins from the grocer, said police.
Also from Chicago News Report:
Authorities are looking for two suspects who robbed a victim at gunpoint in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

The incident occurred around 12:10 a.m. on the corner of West School Street and North Wilton Avenue.

The victim was accosted by two black men. One of the men was armed with a blue steel semi-automatic handgun, said police.
And another:
A CTA security guard was reportedly robbed at gunpoint at a downtown train station.
 The robbery occurred around 1:30 a.m. on the platform at the Randolph/Wabash “L” station at 151 North Wabash Avenue.
One from Skyline:
A 29-year-old man was exiting his car in the 300 block of West Wisconsin Street when an unknown offender approached him from behind, put a blue steel handgun to his waist and said “Give me everything you’ve got and empty your pockets.”
The victim handed over $100 in cash, an iPhone and the keys to his car, a white 2001 Daewoo. The offender, a man wearing a black leather jacket and believed to be in his mid-thirties, then got in the car and drove away. The incident occurred just after midnight on April 17.
And one more from Skyline:
At around 2:30 a.m. on April 8, three unknown suspects, armed with handguns and brass knuckles, entered an apartment building on the 1200 block of North La Salle Boulevard and held the occupants — five men and a woman — at gun point while they looted the home.
At the beginning of the robbery, the offenders attacked two of the male victims with the weapons. The suspects took several thousands of dollars worth of items from the home, including a $3,500 computer and a Louis Vuitton backpack valued at $1,500, before driving away in a tan four-door sedan.
Are you noticing a pattern here?  Clearly the current law is working really, really well.  What do all of these crimes have in common? GUNS. Wouldn’t it be nice if the victims of these crimes could have lawfully put a gun in the face of their attackers?  By the way, these incidents all happened in the "nice" areas.  If I rounded up incidents involving guns in the "less safe" areas this post would go on forever.  If I rounded up the various assaults, muggings, robberies, and burglaries that occurred on the North Side without a gun, this post would go on forever.  Wouldn't it be nice if maybe the criminal had to worry that their intended victim might just pull a gun out of their pocket or purse and shove it in their face?  Wouldn't that maybe deter at least some of this activity?

Meanwhile, the wildings are still going on. As one poster at Second City Cop stated:
How long is the media going to ignore this?

018 [Note: Gold Coast/Michigan Avenue] was waaaaaay out of control tonight, flash mobs and wilding all over the gold coast; from rush st to water tower wild packs of 50-60 deep would bum rush stores, steal, and flee. Also a couple strong arms thrown in for good measure, as well as a group of almost 100 on the lake front knocking people off of bikes, and beating people at random.
And it’s not even summer yet.

If you notice I didn't quote any mainstream news sources in this post, it wasn't for lack of trying.  Only the bloggers are reporting on this stuff, while the Tribune, Sun Times, and other reported "news sources" have their heads in the sand.


  1. Richmond crime is pretty insane too. I was raised around guns (my dad is a hunter) and learned how to handle them properly. My dad always said he could never shoot a person (just Bambi) so I figured someone needed to protect the house if it wasn't going to be him. I took the .357 magnum to the firing range and they taught me how to use it. Would I blow the guts out of someone who entered my house unlawfully? Absolutely.
    If no one is allowed to have guns then only the criminals will. I don't like those odds.

  2. I don't like the odds, either. It's ridiculous.