Chicago, IL—Rising unemployment, prisoner releases, and temperatures along with a vastly undermanned, poorly armed and demoralized police department means armed thugs will own Chicago's streets this summer.
Horrible street crimes such as the recent, near fatal baseball bat beating of two pretty young women and the brutal fatal stabbing of a tourist by the Michigan Avenue Bridge are a rapidly growing intolerable threat.
Brain-dead politicians are demanding National Guardsmen get deployed to the inner city to combat the problem. That idea is unworkable.
Chicago has nothing to lose in trying a better idea. They can immediately end the gun prohibition they will lose anyway in the next 60 days because of the McDonald ruling that’s pending before the Supreme Court.
Right now the gun bans only work against the law-abiding folks that obey them. Police can't simply start searching everyone like they do at airports. Criminals are free to roam the streets with all the guns they can fit under their baggy jeans.
The City of Chicago has had 30 years of gun bans that have never done for public safety what the politicians promised. Gun bans are the problem, not the solution. Why deprive people of the means to defend themselves?
The Illinois Legislature can amend the Unlawful Use of A Weapon Statute to exempt those with a valid Illinois Firearms Owners Identification Card from arrest for carrying a concealed weapon. They can also require the FOID card WITH a security guard blue firearms training card or a certificate of training from a state, local or federal law enforcement training academy, or personal protection/Basic Pistol firearms course offered by the NRA.
Illinois should also recognize valid concealed weapon permits issued by any state within the United States.
Chicago’s street thugs would finally be on notice that the state or local government will no longer enable their violence. These cowards can be stopped, but only through a partnership between law-abiding people and the police. The people of the state of Illinois and Chicago deserve what they don’t have right now, meaningful protection.