In Chicago, which claims some of the strictest gun control policies in America, there were 532 homicides in 2012.
Yet, still, Chicago’s officials blame all of this crime on the existence of guns. In fact, Chicago’s Police Chief Gary McCarthy said during a radio interview that despite the fact that Illinois must begin issuing concealed carry permits, in accordance with recent Supreme Court decisions, he’ll still instruct his officers to shoot any citizen they see with a gun:
“You put more guns on the street expect more shootings,” McCarthy said. “I don’t care if they’re licensed legal firearms, people who are not highly trained… putting guns in their hands is a recipe for disaster. So I’ll train our officers that there is a concealed carry law, but when somebody turns with a firearm in their hand the officer does not have an obligation to wait to get shot to return fire and we’re going to have tragedies as a result of that. I’m telling you right up front.”
McCarthy would not say what specific training officers will undertake if any. However, he did admit that in the past his department has made mistakes in shooting unarmed civilians. He believes the concealed carry law will increase those types of unfortunate incidents.
Here’s a question: What happens when Illinois finally embraces concealed carry permitting, and crime goes down?