Crime

Chicago Crime Rate Dropping as Concealed Carry Permits Rise

Uh-oh, liberals. It seems like we have more facts and evidence that you aren’t going to like. I’m guessing you’ll start calling us mean names really soon.

People paying attention in Chicago are in absolute awe of an important trend that they’re witnessing this year. In 2014 there has been a stunning drop in crime and the only change in official policy that could possibly be affecting that change… a coinciding rise in concealed carry permits!

Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.

“It isn’t any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “The police department hasn’t changed a single tactic — they haven’t announced a shift in policy or of course — and yet you have these incredible numbers.”

gunownerAs of July 29 the state had 83,183 applications for concealed carry and had issued 68,549 licenses. By the end of the year, Mr. Pearson estimates, 100,000 Illinois citizens will be packing.

Now, the Chicago Police Department says that the reason for the tremendous drop in crime has been “better police work,” which must say a lot about the police work pre-2014. We’re not buying it.

Liberal gun-grabbers almost always whine about a rise in gun crimes when gun laws are relaxed but the truth is over the last 30 years we’ve seen the exact opposite trend. Today, gun rights in America are the most protected they’ve been in almost 50 years and violent crime is down almost 40% since the Clinton Presidency when gun laws were at their most Draconian.

In Chicago more people have legal guns now than they have in decades… and the crime rate is plummeting!

A July study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 11.1 million Americans have permits to carry concealed weapons, a 147 percent increase from 4.5 million seven years ago. Meanwhile, homicide and other violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent.

“There’s a lot of academic research that’s been done on this, and if you look at the peer-reviewed studies, the bottom line is a large majority find a benefit of concealed carry on crime rates — and, at worst, there’s no cost,” said John Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center based in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. “You can deter criminals with longer prison sentences and penalties, but arming people with the right to defend themselves with a gun is also a deterrence.”

More legal guns means less crime. Criminals are cowards by nature, always feeding on the weak for a quick and easy score. If the weak become strong by arming themselves, criminals will look for new avenues of easy (and safe) income. Why do liberals insist on making people defenseless against violent criminals? It makes no sense…

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About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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