Chicago Blames ‘Lax Gun Laws’ in Other States for City’s Murder Rate


Chicago has long been touted as a city with some of the nation’s heaviest gun violence, yet many have been left to question how a city which ranks eighth in gun laws could have such a high crime rate.

“We’re sitting between Wisconsin and Indiana, who have very lax gun laws, so the illegal flow of guns coming into this city is a lot larger than theirs,” said district commander Kenneth Johnson, comparing Chicago to large cities such as New York and Los Angeles.

“That just means we have more illegal guns on our streets,” he said, suggesting Chicago itself has been placed at a disadvantage because of it.

But some like Craig Futterman, a law professor at the University of Chicago, suggest the problem is not necessarily an argument between lax gun laws or stricter ones, but with neighborhoods — from lack of trust in authorities to economic failings — that add to the data.

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