Surprise, Surprise

Who predicted this?

Oh, yeah – all the good guys.

Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.

“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,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “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.”

As you were.

4 thoughts on “Surprise, Surprise

  1. Facts are for little people. To be spun how effective Il anti-gun legislation is in three… two…one…

  2. I am glad to be wrong in my thought that the end of Chicago gun control (at least partial) would not help out the poor in Chicago because of the cost of ownership.

  3. Yes, crime went down. But just think how much MORE it would have gone down, if we didn’t have all the carnage in the streets from concealed carry permit holders turning evey fender-bender into Dodge City.

  4. Mitch:

    did you mean the first month or do they have unusal quarter crime stats for Chicago?

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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