Gun sales are illegal in Chicago, therefore the city is safer.
That, of course, isn’t true. And despite Chicago’s tough on guns policies, the city routinely ranks among the top for violent crime.
Still, murder rates have reportedly been falling in the city in recent years; and some conservatives have suggested that the most recent drops in violent crime in the city could be partially related to Illinois, and Chicago, finally giving law-abiding citizens the right to concealed carry last year.
The city’s top cop Garry McCarthy disagrees, instead attributing the falling crime rates to community-based initiatives.
“We’re going to have tragedies from this,” McCarthy said of concealed carry in Chicago early this month. “The answer to gun violence is not more guns — it’s less guns.”
Does he mean fewer guns and more bulletproof glass?
A shocked Chicago-based CBS reporter made a discovery this week that indicates just how much faith residents of the city have in McCarthy’s police force keeping them safe.
Via CBS Chicago:
While out on an unrelated assignment, CBS 2 investigative reporter Dave Savini decided to stop by a South Side Subway sandwich shop for a meal.
Savini was struck by the fact that the counter of the store at 116th Street and South Halsted was encased in bullet-proof glass.
Such a sight would be common at crime magnets like gas stations or currency exchanges, but a Subway?
The store was clean and looked just like any other well-run Subway restaurant, except for the bullet-proof protection for the employees and lack of a bathroom for customers.
Savini took a few photos and sent out a tweet, saying the scene was a sad depiction of gun violence in Chicago:
The restaurant is located on the border of the Roseland and West Pullman neighborhoods, which has seen its share of gang violence.
The report also notes that there are bulletproof subways in Detroit and Oakland.
It’s worth noting that Detroit police Chief James Craig, who took the position last summer, recently urged the law-abiding residents of his crime-ridden city to arm themselves.
“Coming from California, where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of [carrying concealed weapon permits, or CCWs], and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation,” he said in January. “I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”
He had previously noted, “There’s a number of [concealed pistol license, or CPL] holders running around the city of Detroit. I think it acts as a deterrent. Good Americans with CPLs translates into crime reduction. I learned that real quick in the state of Maine.”
Maybe the sandwich shop in Craig’s locale will be able to operate without bulletproof glass one day.