Chicago gun control activist, Camiella Williams admits the strict laws limiting law-abiding citizens to own guns hasn’t work which is why she bought one for herself, for self-protection. Williams has been on countless media interviews and lobbied for stricter gun control laws but has seen gun violence getting worse in Chicago. So much so she has moved herself and her son to the suburbs to escape the violence.
In September 2017, Chicago had 57 of its citizens shot and killed out of a total of 329 shootings. That is almost two people dying each day in Chicago from a gun which leads many to the conclusion that stricter gun laws are the answer. But the opposite is true, as criminals, by definition, do not care about stricter gun laws and in fact want law-abiding citizens to have less access to guns so they have an edge. And while some in the nation say we need less guns on the street, if one is interested in less gun violence, then that is simply not the case.
Washington, D.C. is a prime example as it used to be the murder capital of the United States. In the mid-1970s D.C. implemented very strict gun laws leaving law-abiding citizens with very limited defenses. Homicides more than doubled. After the Heller decision, the homicide rate has rapidly decreased to be lower than when the stricter gun control laws were implemented in the mid-1970s. D.C. still has a long way to go to get their gun laws back to compliance with the Second Amendment; however, its history shows stricter gun control laws are not the answer to limiting gun violence.
The CRS Report for Congress backs up these findings across the board. According to the report, Americans use handguns for self-defense well over 2 million times each year. Also found in the report, contrary to what we hear in the mainstream media, juvenile deaths from firearms have steadily decreased since 1994 from 3,319 per year down to 1,392 per year and that number continues to decline. Those deaths are for a myriad of reasons; from homicides, suicide, accidents, and juveniles killed by police.
Another interesting fact is that states that are most in line with the Second Amendment (with fewer restrictions on gun ownership) tend to have less gun violence deaths. Even Massachusetts, which could do better with some of its gun laws, has a relatively low firearm-related murder rate. People may not realize that in Massachusetts one can open carry their handgun and one is not required to register their gun ownership with the government.
Another interesting finding, again something contrary to what we hear from the mainstream media is that murder rates with firearms have steadily decreased over the years and is now half of what it was in 1993. The murder rate with firearms used to 6.6 per 100,000 of the population and is now 4.88 which is much lower than the global average of 6.2 according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.