City with strictest gun control laws has most officers killed by gunfire

Chicago Mayor's Failed Social Policies Continue to Cost Citizens

By Mike Bauman

The City of Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation.  Up until a few months ago, it was illegal for a private citizen to own or possess a handgun anywhere within the city, including in one’s own home.  For 2010, Chicago also holds another distinction.  More Chicago Police Officers were killed by gunfire this year than any other police agency in the nation.  The city also boasts one of the highest violent crime rates in the country, with 1 in 89 residents being victims of violent crime last year.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., the City of Chicago had five police officers killed in the line of duty this year.  Four of those were killed by gunfire.  This, despite the fact that until June of this year, Chicago did not allow the licensing of handguns.  In order to lawfully possess a handgun in Chicago, a citizen was required to have a license.  In effect, the Chicago law banned having any type of handgun.

In June, the Supreme Court ruled Chicago’s ban violated its citizens’ Second Amendment Rights.  Long-time Chicago Mayor, Richard Daley, and the Chicago City Council, then reworked the city’s laws, making it possible, but extremely expensive and difficult, to obtain a handgun license, clinging desperately to the hope that strict gun control laws would decrease crime in their city.  When asked by Mick Dumke, of the Chicago Reader, if the city’s firearms restrictions had helped, given the city’s high rate of violent crime, Daley picked up a rifle from a news conference display and  responded, “If I put this up your—ha!—your butt—ha ha!—you’ll find out how effective this is!”

In this case, it would appear more restrictions on firearms do not equal a safer community.

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36 Responses to City with strictest gun control laws has most officers killed by gunfire

  1. Keith Carpenter says:

    Of course crime is high, only the crooks have guns.

  2. Robert Fowler says:

    Daley has always been a anti-gun fool. Don’t confuse him with the truth. Even if it might save the life of one officer. The rank and file officers, with a few exceptions, know they have nothing to fear from licensed law abiding citizens. I’ve never understood what happens when the cop on the street gets promoted that they belive they are the “only ones” that should have firearms.

  3. Samuel Stephens says:

    Mayor Daley, Is just to hardheaded for his own good. Although not working by himself, Mayor Daley and his City Council are completely and utterly clueless. For lack of better words Daley and his corrupt City Council are dumb, stupid, just plain ole BUFFOONS that are inept at keeping and running a physically safe city. Chicago like most large cities have their dangers, but most cities don’t the highest cop body count in the nation and most of those killings you lay at the feet of the city government. Chicago’s citywide gun laws have been challenged and defeated in court but the corrupt city government just doesn’t get it, that people have the Right to self defense. There is an old saying “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink”. Well, Chicago is that horse. Daley has an entourage of 50 plus “Armed Bodyguards”, the citizens have nothing. What a crock of crap that is.

  4. Why should Daley care? Everywhere he goes, he has an armed police escort.
    Despite the fact that professional criminals mostly get their guns on the black market, Daley would argue that lax gun laws outside Chicago are to blame. So, obviously, his solution would be to deny the gun rights of everyone everywhere. If he can’t win in the courts, he’ll just make gun ownership practically impossible with bureaucratic BS.
    But why is his city more violent than the places that have these lax gun laws?

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  6. DUH! It is well documented that areas with MORE gun ownership by honest citizens AND areas that allow concealed carry by honest citizens have MUCH lower violent crime rates than the areas like Chicago with such restrictive and Draconian gun laws. In places like Chicago, ONLY the criminals have guns and they (the criminals) do not have to fear the possibility of encountering an armed victim. Restrictive gun laws are the product if power hungry politicians taking advantage of the emotionalism of gun-ignorant citizens as the politicians accumulate more power for themselves and more control over the “sheeple.”

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  8. smettler says:

    Leave it to those that have no answers to digress to crass statements. It’s too bad that the conference wasn’t filmed. Always a good political move for a politician to show the world what an arrogant a** he is.

  9. Rick says:

    I now no longer feel sorry for people who die by gunfire who choose to live in a city with restrictive gun laws. In EVERY city with gun controls in this country, violent crime is HIGHER.

  10. John T. Sterling says:

    Since four Chicago police officers were shot by criminals using guns – note I didn’t say they were killed by guns-
    that ties Chicago with Oakland, CA where four cops were killed by Lovelle Mixon earlier this year.

  11. Montana Libertarian says:

    It always amazes me that the Daly machine grinds on in Chicago.

    But then Chicago also produced Obama, whose devotion to transparency, great grasp of constitutional law, proven executive acumen and fiscal responsibility are all conspicuous by their absence.

    As one of our founding fathers, James Burgh observed: “The possession of arms is the distinction between a free man and a slave.”

    I am likewise surprised that anyone chooses to live in Chicago.

  12. Mike Bauman says:

    John, Mixon was 2009. Happily Oakland did not lose any officers this year. CHP lost 5, but none to gunfire.

    The Chicago officers who were KILLED by gunfire in SEPARATE INCIDENTS were:

    Police Officer Thomas E. Wortham IV
    Chicago Police Department, IL
    EOW: Thursday, May 20, 2010
    Cause of Death: Gunfire

    Police Officer Thor Odin Soderberg
    Chicago Police Department, IL
    EOW: Wednesday, July 7, 2010
    Cause of Death: Gunfire

    Police Officer Michael R. Bailey
    Chicago Police Department, IL
    EOW: Sunday, July 18, 2010
    Cause of Death: Gunfire

    Police Officer Michael R. Flisk
    Chicago Police Department, IL
    EOW: Friday, November 26, 2010
    Cause of Death: Gunfire

  13. sea bass says:

    Correlation does not imply causation. Just because they have strict gun control laws and high officer death rates does not mean they don’t work. The reason they have strict gun control laws is because so many people are being killed.

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  16. Marty says:

    sea bass was saying:
    Correlation does not imply causation. Just because they have strict gun control laws and high officer death rates does not mean they don’t work. The reason they have strict gun control laws is because so many people are being killed.

    Sure. Yeah. But why does it almost ALWAYS work that way? Could it POSSIBLY be that gun control DOESN’T WORK?

  17. Mike Bauman says:

    @ sea bass-

    There are studies that seem to draw a correlation between fewer guns and more crime, at least to the point of showing a significant pattern.

    However, the article simply pointed out the facts.

    No matter how you cut it, Chicago has banned guns for decades, yet it is still one of the least safe cities in the nation and is getting worse.

  18. Dave says:

    Chicago, California and New York and the United Kingdom are all prime examples of why gun control does not work. I find it amazing how these anti-gun organizations continue to ignore the information released from Dr. Gary Mauser on his 15 year study on the failure of gun control and the negative impact it has had on North America and Europe, yet the United Nations and the anti-gunners would prefer we ignore the FACTS.

  19. Vic Bailey, Auburn, Ga. says:

    Arm everybody and the crooks will leave town, DUMMY! They don’t stay in a city where they might get shot. The safest country in the world is Switzerland where EVERYBODY has mtlitary rifles. Check it out. That is the WHOLE NATION. Semper Fi.

  20. DC says:

    Chicago, and Illinois, seem to be the most corrupt in the country, and has had a history of being so since the days of Capone, etc. It’s time to get rid of the liberals and clean up one of the greatest cities in this country!

  21. CommonSense says:

    it makes sense. criminals think criminally, not lawfully. no gun control law has ever stopped a criminal from caring about breaking the law

  22. dave says:

    Criminals like to be the only one at a crime scene with a gun. But I also cannot think of any other reason why a cop would think that. Armed citizens mean cops get to draw fewer chalk lines around victims. It means the bad guys will usually be down already when the cop is called to the scene. Armed citizens hit bad guys more often, hit bystanders less often, and use better judgement than police sometimes do – and you can find the stats to prove it. So for a cop to think citizens should be unarmed, he must be either a criminal of some kind himself, trying to protect criminals, or just plain stupid.

  23. TAZZ, Suburbs of Chicago says:

    Illinois, with regards to Chicago, should allow concealed weapons as do most states anymore to help safe guard ourselves & family. By doing so, would probably take out the criminal instead of the victims and/or good police officers. My thoughts have always been WHY make it difficult or even impossible for the law abiding citizen to own and/or carry a weapon when the criminals can care less and have them illegally to take matters into their own hands.

  24. Lathrop One says:

    The Mean Streets.
    When the gun fire starts time to go in.
    (A lot of truth to that statement)
    Anyway, I was “blessed” to be one of the “chosen few” allowed to carry in the Projects where I worked. Amazingly none of my 4 shootings happened at work. They were either in defense of others or protecting myself at or near my home.
    While the SCOTUS ruled in favor of gun ownership,Daley IMMEDIATELY went into a tantrum and created the “responsible gun owner act” which is economically offensive and violates the 2a.
    One can have a REGISTERED handgun in the home (after paying 100 dollars to the city for its blessing and another 15 dollars to register the gun and 9 dollars for prints and 150 dollars for the training course)One cannot take that gun outside the confines of the home.IE someone in your back yard raping your daughter you have to rely on 911 and the dwindling Chicago Police Force to hopefully arrive some time AFTER the crime happens.You cannot go out there and stop that threat with your handgun.
    Illinois,to my knowledge is the ONLY STATE IN THIS COUNTRY that does not allow its residents to exercise free 2A rights. This must stop. Immediately. Gov Quinn is,legally,violating his Sworn Oath of Office for failure to up hold the Constitution of the US EACH day he refuses to sign a Concealed Carry Law for Illinois. There are many “safe” examples of working CCW laws that Illinois should use as a guide.VA,AZ,NH for the example.
    But we continually get stonewalled by excuses like we dont know which department will handle this(SIMPLE. THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE)
    Illinois has as of 12,2 2010, 1,314,023 valid active FOID(Gun owner) cards. Divide that in half and deduct 20% for LEO and the remaineder multiplied by 100(dollars) and there is SUBSTANTIAL revenue for this nearly bankrupt state.
    Illinois ALSO needs Stand your Ground and Castle Doctrine Laws enacted along with the CCW laws.
    Fact(proven time and time again) is that LAWFUL GUN OWNERS are NOT A THREAT to LEO. Lawful CCW holders will on its face reduce crime or the rampant attempts at it.
    LAWFUL CCW holders make a community safer.
    Im calling on the NRA to pressure Illinois Legislature to PASS CCW IN ILLINOIS. If falling short of this then file FEDERAL LAWSUITS AGAINST GOV PAT QUINN for Official Misconduct and Breach of Oath of Office. Its time THE PEOPLE told the government not the otherway around.


  25. Bob says:

    Dave, you just hit the nail on the head, could not have said it better!

  26. Brad says:

    Just goes to show you that taking firearms from law abiding citizens only makes crime rise!!!! Let’s see if we can make this simple for the dumb asses running Chicago, take guns from the good people and the only people with guns are the bad people!!! The Second Amendment guarantees every U.S. citizen the right to keep and bear arms to protect themselves. The city administration should be ousted from power because they have overstepped their authority and violated the Constitution of the United States by taking this right away from it’s citizens.

  27. Robo says:

    Well, I hate Chicago, I am a gun owner and I live in Idaho – is the picture starting to paint itself for you? Ted Nugent looks like a liberal standing next to me but this article is CRAP> Next time list the Percentage of Police officer shootings per capita and compare it with similar cities. It a shame that any officer has lost their life but the slant of these kind of articles does not help our cause it makes us look like idiots. I encourage FULL disclosure when reporting or trying to report on cases that support our mission of less government and more rights to bear arms. This article makes several mistakes and even a dumb Idahoan like myself can smell the stink. There is a better way to present the data.

  28. Yeah sure says:

    Folks, it’s not about stupidity it’s about control. The goal of these “leaders” is to show everyone that they are in control. Gun ownership historically represents control of one’s own destiny in the presence of tyranical government which taxes, taxes, taxes its subjects into poverty. Gun ownership need not turn into violence in order to be effective in keeping criminals like Daley in line. Just the knowledge that people could rise up if ever they really feel it is their last resort is enough to keep tyrants in line which is why a-holes like Daley don’t want an armed, informed populace. If I were an elitist king wannabe like many in government are it is exactly what I would do too if I could get away with it. I would create a militarized jackbooted police force which treats every individual activity as “an offense”. I would make criminals and even felons of as many people as possible. I would push and intimidate everyone in the hope that some brave fool would try to take me on and then I would stomp him down as a public example for everyone else. And I certainly would try to limit access to weapons just in case I stomped a bit too hard and people decided to defend themselves from my tyranny and intimidation and control.
    If I can think of this, so can they. What else, really, do they have to do but sit around and think about ways to stay in power all day long?

  29. Damein says:

    I have been robbed while in down town Chicago by four individuals trying to take my wallet and wanted the keys to my car as well, Unfortunately for them they only made of with my hard earned cash in my wallet and all my credit cards and pics of my loving family, had i been able to carry my firearm concealed instead of sitting in my home in the northern suburbs, this scenario would have panned out differently. I hope for the day that lawmakers allow us citizens to protect ourselves again as I called the chicago police and they never showed so I had to bite the bullet and run home with my vandalized car and no wallet. Wisen up lawmakers help us hard working citizens not the criminals.

  30. Birdzilla says:

    That mean the city officials and mayors that support gun control are the biggist freinds of the crinimals and i mean such idiot mayors like RICHARD DALEY and MICHEAL BLOOMBURG and all members of MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS and their supporters like GEORGE SOROS and IANSA and the BRADYS

  31. The state of Hawaii has the strictest gun laws in the nation. It also has the lowest rate of deaths by gunfire. The two go hand-in-hand.

  32. Alex says:

    Hawaii is also located on the island with no highways and high assault rape and homocide rates that could of been stopped by law abiding firearms owners Retard name Gary Jacobsen.

  33. Alex says:

    let me correct it for you “non fire arm assaults, rapes and homocide rates” that could of been stopped by victims who simply was able to point the gun at an attacker and dissuade him or her from following up with given crime.

  34. Alex says:

    God i hate idiots like Gary Jacobsen who points out such statistics as “deaths by gunfire” not mentioning other crimes that could of been stopped by law abiding sitizens.

  35. Alex says:

    who own guns or owned guns when they was being victims of the crime.

  36. Steve says:

    Chicago’s crime rate can be answered from an interview I saw about gangs in Florida. Gang members in Florida were targeting tourist. When asked why they targeted tourist the gang member said, “that’s simple, we know the tourist are probably carrying cash & are not armed”. That question was asked a year or two after Florida adopted conceal carry. The gang members were targeting people in rental cars because of the high probability they were tourist. The rental car agencies had to make their cars less conspicious so as not to attract the attention of gang members & robbers. The brain dead politicians in Chicago need to pull their head out of their rears & see reality for once. Unfortunatly I think they like where their head is at.

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