7 killed in 6 Chicago shootings
Spate of weekend gun slayings reported across city
The article chronicles the grisly details of the terrible violence that is itself becoming synonymous with Chicago. My pro-gun friends claim this proves gun-control laws do not work, since Chicago has very strict laws. I've always countered that argument with the idea that if Chicago were an inaccessible island, it might hold true, but with Indiana only a short drive away and even states like Virginia and Georgia within reach, claims to the ineffectiveness of gun laws make no sense.
The same folks often refute the famous anti-gun claim that more guns means more gun violence. To that I suggest a little thought experiment. Let's imagine Chicago with extremely lax gun laws, you know the kind where almost anybody can walk into a gun shop and buy a gun. Over the next year or so the sales of firearms would skyrocket in that city, making gun availability far more prevalent than it is today.
Do you think there would be less gun violence or more? To me that's practically a rhetorical question, the answer seems so obvious. I can't imagine how anyone would fail to see the right answer.
What's your opinion? Is the problem with Chicago that there aren't enough guns there? Along with addressing the other factors, social and cultural and economic, do you think something needs to be done about the gun availability in Chicago specifically and in the country generally?
Please tell us what you think.