What has caused this?
Is it better welfare payments to the poor? Nope.
What about increased resources to Police? Nope.
Gun rights activists have often held up Chicago as an example of the failures of gun control. The city has historically had some of the strictest laws against gun ownership while also suffering under some of the worst crime rates in the US. In 2012,Â Chicago surpassed New YorkÂ as Americaâ€™s murder capital. However, after theÂ US Court of Appeals for the Seventh CircuitÂ struck down Illinoisâ€™Â banÂ on concealed carry in December of 2012, a concealed carry program was implemented in the state this year, finally and for the first time allowing law-abiding Chicago residents to arm themselves in public against the cityâ€™s seemingly-perpetual crime wave.
According toÂ The Washington Times,Â now that citizens in Chicago can legally defend themselves, the cityâ€™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 IllinoisÂ State Rifle Association executive director Richard Pearson toldÂ The Washington Times,Â â€śThe police department hasnâ€™t changed a single tactic â€” they havenâ€™t announced a shift in policy or of course â€” and yet you have these incredible numbers.â€ť He feels that the drop in crime can at least in part be attributed to the implementation of concealed carry in Illinois. Said Pearson, â€śIt isnâ€™t any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals donâ€™t know whoâ€™s armed and who isnâ€™t has a deterrence effect.â€ť