For three decades, Chicago banned all handguns. The crime rate skyrocketed. Murders soared. Gangs proliferated. Desperate city officials even considered calling the National Guard to combat out-of-control violence. The Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s individual firearms ownership prohibition in 2010, but the city’s liberal elite rewrote the law and the city still has among the strictest gun control laws in the country. How’s it working out?

Many reality-based opponents of a post-Newtown crackdown are reminding gun-control zealots of the failed Chicago experiment:

The facts:

There were 192 shootings in Chicago throughout the month of November – a 49 percent increase from a year earlier – according to police records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

In November of 2011, Chicago recorded 129 shootings compared to the 192 shootings this November.  Police records also reveal that shootings increased more than 11 percent in the first 11 months of 2012 compared with a year earlier.

Total homicides in Chicago rose to 480 for the first eleven months of 2012; a 21 percent increase from last year.  On November 30, 2012, there were four fatal shootings within the city.  These murders brought the homicide total to 38 for the month, just above the 37 recorded in November of last year.

Despite having some of the strictest gun laws in the country, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans on restricting gun ownership further by banning individuals with a violent misdemeanor conviction from getting a gun permit for five years.  The mayor also hopes to ban convicted felons from ever owning a gun.

Emanuel’s intentions are no doubt well intentioned, but like many cities with strict gun laws, the disarming of law-abiding citizens doesn’t remove guns from the hands of those who wish to do harm.  On the contrary, it often leaves innocent victims vulnerable to criminals.

Attention, Michael Bloomberg and Sens. Feinstein and Gillibrand.

  • Mother Nature’s Son

    1200 died today again from Tobacco, and tomorrow , and tuesday

    • FIRE THEM ALL- 2014

      Yet not one mention in the media,no panic no hyperbole,nothing.

  • ginny_cw

    What is so hard for them to understand? It’s not rocket science. The BAD/EVIL get the guns. Banning them does not work. MEXICO has 18 states that are UNSAFE to travel. Firearms, ammo, knives ALL ILLEGAL.

  • Lord Foggybottom

    The CT law worked: Adam Lanza tried to buy a gun but was denied. So what did he do? He murdered his mother and stole her guns. Evil finds a way around regulation.

    Shorter: Guns were banned, but Adam Lanza got them anyway.

  • FIRE THEM ALL- 2014

    How many mother’s think that the danger of being killed comes from their child? Not many I am guessing, despite this having happened a few times. Liberals would love to make this another issue that divides families further than they are already. Chicago is a disgrace, so is NYC and DC all have strict gun laws. And where they have been banned in other countries crime rates went up not down. Liberals have everything backwards, upside down and crazy. That may be why they are a bigger threat to the US than guns.

    • Andrew Johnston

      Funny you should say that crime rates went up. In the UK, 14 people fell victim to gun homicde in 2011. In the US, 9,369 people fell victim to gun homicide. Are your guns worth 9355 lives?

      • John Smith

        The fact that gun laws would not deter those wanting to commit a murder seems to have been lost on you.

  • http://twitter.com/ottisdurka AMERICA IS FAILING

    It’s never been about FIREARMS. It has always been about Disarming the Public. A Unarmed Country is a more Compliant Population ! Look around the World the Truth Becomes Painfully and Brutally OBVIOUS !

  • Scott

    Emanuel may want to check back with his boyfriend Eric Holder, unless something has changed in the last few weeks NO CONVICTED FELON CAN OWN/ POSSES A FIREARM OR AMMO. It is a federal law punishable by 10 years for each gun and 5 years for each caliber of ammo. (I may be off on the years for ammo but it would be higher) we have plenty of gun laws and don’t need more. What we need is plenty of prosecution and jail time for the offenders but instead we get plea bargains because they aren’t really offenders they are victims of society and have been abused, oppressed, belittled bullied and every other bullshit excuse that the bleeding heart liberals and leftnut idiots can possibly come up with so the judges, juries etc turn them loose back on the street so that they can victimize again. Wake up people !! If you are tired of losing your rights a little at a time because of this then you need to speak up at all levels. They dont have to take all of them at once because we are GIVING them away a little at a time so that we are not seen as racist or not politically correct.

  • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

    thousands died today from the act of living.
    bad stuff happens.
    laws do not stop them.

  • Jack Deth

    Yep.

    Those cheap Taurus knock-offs of Beretta pistols that are made in South America just up and spit out twelve to 15 rounds without anyone touching them.

    That’s why it’s recommended to clean those pieces in the mid morning hours. After the pistol has had a good night’s sleep.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      Hey now…….I agree with your snarky sarcasm…..but Taurus makes a darn nice pistol. They also have the best warranty of any firearm. Pick on something truly cheap and crappy.

      • walterc

        “Pick on something truly cheap and crappy.” Like maybe Rahm Emmanuel

        • WisconsinPatriot

          Yes…..YES….YES!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/SeanMcGee Sean

        I disagree…Taurus does not have the best warranty of any firearm…HiPoint does…:P

  • Jack Deth

    Yep.

    Those cheap Taurus knock-offs of Beretta pistols that are made in South America just up and spit out twelve to 15 rounds without anyone touching them.

    That’s why it’s recommended to clean those pieces in the mid morning hours. After the pistol has had a good night’s sleep.

  • Marine1962

    No self respecting criminal is going to obey any gun laws…

  • Marine1962

    No self respecting criminal is going to obey any gun laws…

  • http://twitter.com/groinksan Alan Tuttle

    Here it is in a nutshell: You cannot, I REPEAT you cannot explain data to a progressive liberal. With the way a progressive’s brain is wired, they do not live based on factual information. Their liberal ideology – their gut feeling guides them. This is why they believe in things like global warming, raising taxes, anti-guns, pro-healthcare, anti-this and pro-that. They’re basically top-down when it comes to their wiring. First, they come up with an idea that they think is good for society – that’s the top. And then, they work down by making all attempts (both legal and illegal) in order to get that idea passed. They believe in the collective, and they think they are failures if they don’t get everyone on-board with their ideology. They believe in the idea that “the ends justifies the means.” Anything that interferes with their ideology – whether it is the law, the constitution – anything that curbs their efforts is fair game to shut down. This is why progressives are so successful among the masses – how can you say “no” to their ideas when they use language like us conservatives are anti-senior citizens, anti-minorities, anti-kids, and so on. They legislate on people’s feelings.

    With us conservatives, we only act on things when deemed necessary and statically sound. We are bottom-up kind of people. We perform studies. We look at trends. We look at statistics. Most of all, we test it to see if it jeopardizes our existing liberties and the Constitution. And then we act accordingly ONLY after all the steps are exhausted. We don’t just do things because it is a good thing. We don’t raise taxes because it will only solve things for a few days or weeks, and then we’re back to the beginning. We don’t believe in eliminating guns because it only minimizes crime by a small amount, and we law biding citizens will be left unable to protect ourselves. We don’t believe in global warming and raising penalties for emissions because we don’t believe in destroying our industries and economy over a theory that still can’t be proven.

    This is why, between progressives and conservatives, we can never agree. Again, it is a matter of either top-down or bottom-up thinking.

    • NYCMac

      Top-down? Is that like trickle-down where the richest 1% of Americans have more wealth than the bottom 95% combined?

  • http://twitter.com/groinksan Alan Tuttle

    Here it is in a nutshell: You cannot, I REPEAT you cannot explain data to a progressive liberal. With the way a progressive’s brain is wired, they do not live based on factual information. Their liberal ideology – their gut feeling guides them. This is why they believe in things like global warming, raising taxes, anti-guns, pro-healthcare, anti-this and pro-that. They’re basically top-down when it comes to their wiring. First, they come up with an idea that they think is good for society – that’s the top. And then, they work down by making all attempts (both legal and illegal) in order to get that idea passed. They believe in the collective, and they think they are failures if they don’t get everyone on-board with their ideology. They believe in the idea that “the ends justifies the means.” Anything that interferes with their ideology – whether it is the law, the constitution – anything that curbs their efforts is fair game to shut down. This is why progressives are so successful among the masses – how can you say “no” to their ideas when they use language like us conservatives are anti-senior citizens, anti-minorities, anti-kids, and so on. They legislate on people’s feelings.

    With us conservatives, we only act on things when deemed necessary and statically sound. We are bottom-up kind of people. We perform studies. We look at trends. We look at statistics. Most of all, we test it to see if it jeopardizes our existing liberties and the Constitution. And then we act accordingly ONLY after all the steps are exhausted. We don’t just do things because it is a good thing. We don’t raise taxes because it will only solve things for a few days or weeks, and then we’re back to the beginning. We don’t believe in eliminating guns because it only minimizes crime by a small amount, and we law biding citizens will be left unable to protect ourselves. We don’t believe in global warming and raising penalties for emissions because we don’t believe in destroying our industries and economy over a theory that still can’t be proven.

    This is why, between progressives and conservatives, we can never agree. Again, it is a matter of either top-down or bottom-up thinking.

  • John Martini

    nothing to do with gun laws!! its PEOPLE! its LACK OF FAITH lack of compassion and the regard for human life and the life of another; let alone the most innocent…children.. i will lay a good part of blame on the increasingly violent and realistic world of very-real, video killing simulations…aka…video games…. they are evil and the only purpose is to KILLL KILL KILL! its not mario bros or little pac man or zombies… its killing people in these games with a level or realism that borders reality, and to maybe the mentally ill or not so right… it IS real and there is no difference. it serves to desensitize horrors of war and violence to the poiint of no fear anymore…..

  • dwsmokin

    The Mayor of Chicago is PLANNING to prevent convicted felons from owning a gun? Did I read that right? Wouldn’t they have been first on the list?

  • NoBoma2012

    With the way the government is so extremely large: CIA, Dept of Homeland Security, DEA, FBI, US Marshals, State Troopers, National Gaurd, TSA, ATF, etc….etc….etc.., how is it that government has no knowledge of attacks such as this when there were plenty of warning signs and the Patriot Act exists? It seems taxpayers are paying for a government to protect the sheeple when in reality the government can do nothing to prevent crimes killing masses.I mean there is literally a camera on every city corner these days and no one is paying any attention to them or people are not doing there jobs! There is a drone flying over every city.

  • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

    Enact strict gun control laws to prevent lawful citizens from owning guns and only criminals will control the guns.

    • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

      Oh, look. Once again, I’ve been suspended on Twitter due to false flagging. Liberals sure hate the truth.

      • http://twitter.com/SeanMcGee Sean

        Same thing happened to me last night…

  • walterc

    I’d like to see the shooting stats for the same time period of a similar sized city with less stringent gun control. Maybe Dallas or Denver.

  • http://twitter.com/VTHokieNut Bobby

    These shooters have something in common…they all have or had mental issues, and people knew it, including Doctors. The shooters didn’t care if they lived or died.
    Once a person becomes determined to committ a crime like this, he is going to do it with or without a firearm.

    • Danny Wheeler

      One example: the Oklahoma City Bomber, Tim McVeigh.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Some people just don’t learn, do they? Gun bans are more harm than good.

  • IBXNJ

    The worst mass murder I can think of was the Happy Land arson in the Bronx.All Julio Gonzolas needed to kill 87 people was $1 worth of gasoline and a lighter.