Illinois Shows That Gun Laws Do Not Work
When you compare the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite Illinois having by far the most restrictive gun laws compared to neighboring and other Midwest states, Illinois has the worst violent crime rate. Most gun deaths are from suicide, but not in Illinois.
It is hard to miss. In Iowa, you have a total of 49 homicides for 2016, but 288 suicides. In Wisconsin, 188 homicides but 455 suicides. In Illinois, though, it is a pathetic reversal: 944 homicides vs. 506 suicides.
There is no 2nd Amendment in Illinois. To so much as handle a firearm legally in Illinois, you need to ask permission from government: https://www.ispfsb.com/public/foid.aspx . Illinois has 100% state and federal background checks for anyone to handle or possess a firearm or ammunition. Criminals of course do not have valid FOID cards, are not NRA members, and they don't have conceal carry permits either. See Chicago, Illinois.
Despite already having more gun laws than the State of Illinois can possibly enforce, delusional state senators like Senator Julie Morrison just want more of them. The legal gun owner in Illinois who is already taxed and harassed and has a FOID card is the target of more laws, more taxes, and more harassment by Senator Morrison and others of her ilk, while criminals remain unaffected.
“The question under Heller is not whether citizens have adequate alternatives
available for self-defense. Rather, Heller asks whether the law bans types of firearms commonly used for a lawful purpose—regardless of whether alternatives exist. 554
U. S., at 627–629.
And Heller draws a distinction between such firearms and weapons specially adapted to unlawful uses and not in common use, such as sawed-off shotguns. Id., at 624–625.
The City’s ban is thus highly suspect because it broadly prohibits common semiautomatic fire-arms used for lawful purposes. Roughly five million Americans own AR-style semiautomatic rifles. See 784 F. 3d, at 415, n. 3.
The overwhelming majority of citizens who own and use such rifles do so for lawful purposes, including self-defense and target shooting. See ibid
Under our precedents, that is all that is needed for citizens to have a right under the Second Amendment to keep such weapons. See McDonald, 561 U. S., at 767–768; Heller, supra, at 628–629. – Judge Clarence Thomas, December 7, 2015.
77 U. S. ____ (2015) THOMAS, J., dissenting
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
ARIE S. FRIEDMAN,
HIGHLAND PARK, ILLINOIS
ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED
STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT
Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 9.2 per 100,000
Total firearm deaths 2016: 288 (suicides: 228, homicides: 49)
Violent crime rate: 290.6 per 100,000
Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 11.4 per 100,000
Total firearm deaths 2016: 664 (suicides: 455, homicides: 188)
Violent crime rate: 305.9 per 100,000
Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 11.6 per 100,000
Total firearm deaths 2016: 1490 (suicides: 506, homicides: 944)
Violent crime rate: 436.3 per 100,000
Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 14.9 per 100,000
Total firearm deaths 2016: 997 (suicides: 591, homicides: 368)
Violent crime rate: 404.7 per 100,000
Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 17.5 per 100,000
Total firearm deaths 2016: 772 (suicides: 495, homicides: 234)
Violent crime rate: 232.3 per 100,000
Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 12.9 per 100,000
Total firearm deaths 2016: 1524 (suicides: 926, homicides: 557)
Violent crime rate: 300.3 per 100,000
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