According to The Washington Times, now
that citizens in Chicago can legally defend themselves, the city’s
historically disastrous crime rates have begun to plummet precipitously.
Police department crime statistics note that, in the first quarter of
2014, the homicide rate in Chicago has dropped to a 56-year low. In 2014
so far, burglaries are down by 20%, auto theft rates have dropped by
26%, and robberies leading to arrests are down by 20%.
The Chicago Police Department wasted no time in declaring victory and
claiming credit for the drop in crime, but Illinois State Rifle
Association executive director Richard Pearson told The Washington Times, “The
police department hasn’t changed a single tactic — they haven’t
announced a shift in policy or of course — and yet you have these
incredible numbers.” He feels that the drop in crime can at least in
part be attributed to the implementation of concealed carry in Illinois.
Said Pearson, “It isn’t any coincidence crime rates started to go down
when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals
don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect.”
It never fails. When the Washington Times reports it you can be sure there's a major spin. How, for example, could the decline in burglaries be explained by the increase in concealed carry?