According to a study released April 20 by the non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice public policy institute, 2015 saw a substantial increase in the murder rate in America’s largest cities, and that the number of murders in Baltimore, Chicago, and Washington, DC “account for more than half” of the increase for the year, according to the report. What is so telling about this information is that each of those cities is heavily controlled by the Democrats, and each has some of the nation’s most restrictive gun control laws on the books.
In addition to a mountain of “garden variety” rules and laws that prevent the easy access to firearms by law abiding citizens, all three cities are subject to bans of so-called “assault weapons,” and Chicago even has on the books something called a “violence tax” that’s tacked on to the price of every firearm sold in a retail setting within the city…because, of course, it is the law-abiding gun owner purchasing his firearms through standard, legal channels who should be punished by the system for his natural propensity to criminal violence.
As revealing as this study data is, it is just the latest in a long line of information that has revealed the utter uselessness of both Democrat policies, more generally, and strict gun control measures, in particular, in limiting violent crime.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large