Illinois has strict gun control laws. Indiana and other states do not. Where do you think the guns are being purchased?The White House claims Chicago shows gun control doesn’t work. That misses the real problem.
Trump opposes gun control, but the research suggests it could help.
By German Lopez@firstname.lastname@example.org Updated Oct 3, 2017, 2:00pm EDT
"...Following the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday, reporters asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about gun control. She gave a typical conservative answer: “I think if you look to Chicago, where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes last year, they have the strictest gun laws in the country. That certainly hasn’t helped there.”
This is a typical argument in opposition to gun control: Chicago has fairly strict gun laws (although not the strictest), yet it still has a lot of crime and violence. That shows, the argument goes, that gun control doesn’t work.
The truth is much more complicated. While it’s true that Chicago has strict gun control laws, those measures can only go so far when its neighbors don’t. After all, people can simply cross the border to Indiana, buy a gun without ever going through even a basic background check, and bring the firearm back to Chicago.
The evidence suggests this happens fairly often — not just in Chicago, but in other places with strict gun laws as well. And the only way to stop it is through the one government that has jurisdiction across the city and state borders where these guns travel through: the federal government.
This is what Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in response to the White House’s latest comments. “If you really want a gun, you can just drive over the Indiana border, and get whatever you want,” he argued. “That is why you need national gun legislation that prevents gang members or criminals from getting their hands on an assault weapon that is not meant for the streets of any urban center.”
Trump, of course, is on the record opposing stricter gun control measures, often calling himself “a Second Amendment person.” But if he’s serious about stopping gun violence in Chicago, the research should lead him to reconsider his stance.
Chicago’s gun violence problem is partly Indiana’s fault
Trump has someone very close to him in his administration who should be intimately aware of Chicago’s gun problem: Vice President Mike Pence. As governor of Indiana, Pence helped set the laws for the state that, besides Illinois, contributes most to Chicago’s gun problem.According to a 2014 report from the Chicago Police Department, nearly 60 percent of the guns in crime scenes that were recovered and traced between 2009 and 2013 came from outside the state. About 19 percent came from Indiana — making it the most common state of origin for guns besides Illinois..."