BY BRYN WEESE , SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Toronto’s lefty city councillors looking to ban guns and bullets as a panacea for violent crime should pedal their bikes south of the border.
Here, as gun sales continue to skyrocket the violent crime rate keeps dropping.
According to the 2011 Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime report released last week, violent crimes — murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — dropped 4% from 2010 as gun sales rose 14% over the same period.
In fact, gun sales in the U.S. last year hit a record high at 16.5 million, up a whopping 65% from 2006. During that same time, the violent-crime rate dropped 23% nationwide.
But the good news story unfolding nationwide is not the case in Chicago, where 5,000 people have been shot to death since 2001. For much of that time, there was a complete handgun ban in effect.
Owning a handgun in Chicago has actually been banned outright for the past 28 years, but the murder rate continued to climb, reaching a peak in the 1990s when 900 people were being killed every year.
And while parts of the ban have recently been ruled unconstitutional, strict handgun laws remain in effect, and so far this year Chicago has seen a 50% jump in gun-related homicides — already at more than 200 — compared to the same time period last year.Read More