So, Intrepid.. Let's examine your claim that gun restrictions = safety.
North Dakota has the absolute lowest rate of violent crime in the US. In North Dakota you do not need a permit to purchase a firearm. CCW permits are
issued. You can open carry long guns with no permit, and you can open carry handguns with a CCW. In ND, approximately 50% of residents are gun
Maine has the second lowest rate of violent crime in the US. In Maine you do not need a permit to purchase a firearms. CCW permits are issued. You can
open carry long guns and pistols with no permit. You can open carry in a vehicle with a permit. In Maine, approximately 40% of residents are gun
Nevada, surprisingly, has the third lowest rate of crime in the US. In Nevada you do not need a permit to purchase a firearm. NV issues CCW permits,
although you have to qualify with your EDC and can only conceal a weapon you have qualified with. It is legal to open carry both pistols and long
guns. In Nevada, approximately 34% of residents are gun owners.
Anyway, you see the trend? I'm not going to keep going, but if you care to actually research the issue and not just believe what you are told to
believe, you'll see that this trend continues all the way until you get the the high crime areas, where gun laws are particularly prohibitive.
As an afterthought, Illinois ranks as the 11th highest rate of gun crime in the US. In Illinois you need a permit to purchase a firearm. In Cook
County and Chicago so called "assault weapons" are banned. Coincidentally they have the highest crime rates in the state. Some local governments have
magazine capacity limits for both pistols and long guns, including Chicago (12 rounds), Oak Park (10 rounds), Aurora (15 rounds), and Cook County (10
rounds). (AGAIN THE HIGH CRIME RATE AREAS!! LOL)
IN ILLINOIS ONLY 20% OF RESIDENTS ARE GUN OWNERS!
Yet, with all this amazing and progressive gun law, Illinois is plagued by violent crime to a very high degree. While the homicide rate, and other
violent crime rates drop here, there aren't dropping any faster than they are in the rest of the nation.
The moral of the story is that the GUN RESTRICTIONS are not responsible for the decrease in violent crime.
2-5-2013 by TinkerHaus because: (no reason given)