Despite the narrative of gun control advocates, who continue to press for restrictions on Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens, the murder problem in Chicago continues to worsen. The Windy City, President Barack Obama's hometown, has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country: a fact acknowledged by The New York Times. The paper of record recently reported:
 
"Not a single gun shop can be found in this city because they are outlawed. Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that was going too far, leading city leaders to settle for restrictions some describe as the closest they could get legally to a ban without a ban. Despite a continuing legal fight, Illinois remains the only state in the nation with no provision to let private citizens carry guns in public."
 
 
Homicide is so bad in Chicago that it would be ranked at 201st among the most dangerous countries out of 218 analyzed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. A study conducted by the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute shows that the murder rate in Chicago increased from 17.64 per 100,000 people in 2010 to 18.81 per 100,000 in 2015: a 7 percent increase.  Elsewhere in the United States, there has been a 6 percent decline for the United States overall during the same period. The Murder rate in Chicago is thus four times the national rate. The study is based on the Illinois Violent Death Reporting System.
 
 
There are other shocking statistics. The murder of African Americans jumped by 19 percent between 2010 and 2015. During the same period, it rose by 8 percent for Caucasians, but among Latinos there was a 2 percent decline. The homicide rate for African Americans is eight times higher than for Caucasians in 2005, 16 times higher in 2010, and 18 times higher in 2015.
 
Murder rates were the highest among young people. The highest rates were found in the 20-24-year-old age group at 64.28: a 48% increase in 5 years.
Despite strong gun controls, 87 percent of homicides were committed with guns: in 2010 it was 79 percent.  
 
 
According to the study, "The homicide rates among African Americans increased significantly from 2005 to 2010. No statistically significant changes occurred over time in the rates of homicide among either Caucasians or Latinos. Homicide rates among Latinos were 2 times higher than Caucasians in 2005, 5 times higher than Caucasians in 2010, and 4 times higher than Caucasians in 2015. The rate differences among racial/ethnic groups were statistically significant at all three points, and the disparities increased over time." 
 
How can a city with the toughest gun restrictions in the United States also have some of the highest rates of homicide traced to firearms? One might easily conclude that criminals who are committed to gun violence are not likely to obey the law. Enforcing an effective ban on legal ownership may thus be nothing less than removing firearms from the hands of law-abiding citizens but leaving them at the mercy of the lawless.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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