Old McDonald Had a Gun
He's the lead plaintiff in the McDonald v Chicago lawsuit that just might bring down Shortshank's draconian and unconstitutional gun laws:
"I know every day that I come out in the streets, the youngsters will shoot me as quick as they will a policeman," says McDonald, a trim man with a neat mustache and closely cropped gray hair. "They'll shoot a policeman as quick as they will any of their young gangbangers."
To defend himself, McDonald says, he needs a handgun. So, in April of 2008, the retired maintenance engineer agreed to serve as the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging Chicago's 28-year-old handgun ban. Soon after, he walked into the Chicago Police Department and, as his attorneys had directed, applied for a .22-caliber Beretta pistol, setting the lawsuit into motion. When that case is argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 2, McDonald will become the public face of one of the most important Second Amendment cases in the nation's history.
- Nationally, the murder numbers/rate dropped from 16928/5.6 to 16272/5.4 from '07 to '08.
Illinois had a population of 12.85 million w/ a increased murder rate of 6.1/100K (790) in comparison to 5.9/100K last year.
Chicago had 22% of the population of Illinois yet accounted for 64.5% of murders w/ a per capita rate of 18/100K. an increase in murders both raw and per capita.
Cook County had 41% of the population of Illinois yet accounted for 73.9% of murders(584) w/ a per capita rate of 11.1/100K. It had a population drop yet an increase in murders due exclusively to Chicago.
The Cook County murders in raw number/per capita increased 11.9 and 11/1% respectively while arrest numbers and rates decreased compared to '07.
If Chicago were to fall into Lake Michigan, the Illinois murder rate would drop to 2.8 .
Were the rest of Cook County to follow suit, the rate would drop to 2.72 .
Yet instead we saw that increase. Now it's appearing that, in order to artificially reduce the murder rate from the disaster they saw in '08, they're increasingly classifying deaths as 'suicides'. All to continue to justify their ineffective gun ban.
Then there's the % of murders by types of weapons used, 2008:
Now tell me. Where are most guns restricted and/or banned? Where are they more common?
- For those who think that overturning Chicago's gun ban is going to increase violence in the city, it might be informative for you to look at what happened last year in Washington, DC after their similar ban was overturned. We all heard their police chief and other politicians, as well as the Brady bunch fear mongers and their blind followers all predicting the same old lame "wild west" BS they've been trotting out every time a gun control law is overturned or even challenged. Well, just like every other single time, they were wrong. In 2009, the first full year without the ban, DC had the lowest murder rate the city has seen since 1964.
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