The states, we all believe, are laboratories for democracy. We owe the concept to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. In the case of New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann he suggested that “state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country."
If a state can serve as a laboratory, so too can a city. The citizens can choose to try out a new policy in a city, the better to see how it works. Take gun control. Democrats have been screaming with the fervor of true believers, that gun control will solve the problem of gun crime and terrorism and just about everything else.
But, we have a splendid example of gun control in the city of Chicago, Illinois. Not only that, but Chicago is being ruled by one Rahm Emanuel, a refugee from by the Obama administration. So we have a liberal Democrat running a city with very strict gun control laws.
How’s that working out?
Last weekend, we did not hear much about the gun violence in Chicago. The nation was transfixed on events in Orlando. Besides, gun violence has become so common in Chicago that pointing it out feels redundant. Moreover, gun violence in Chicago does not fit into any of the narratives being preached in the Church of the Liberal Pieties. It is not about white privilege. It is not about white police officers killing unarmed black teenagers. It is not being directed by Republicans. Apparently, when the crime is black-on-black, black lives do not matter quite as much.
The Chicago Tribune offers the grim statistics for gun violence over the Father’s Day weekend:
The city recorded its 300th homicide this weekend and went on to record six others over a 60-hour period that saw 55 people shot, 13 fatally, from Friday afternoon through early Monday morning.
So far this year, about 1,800 people have been shot across the city and more than 200 of those wounded have died of their wounds, according to records kept by the Chicago Tribune. A total of 306 people have been killed this year by shooting, stabbing or other means, Tribune records show.
A 3-year-old boy was among the wounded who survived the weekend shootings. Police said he’s in critical condition. The boy was shot in the right shoulder near East 61st Street and South Kimbark Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, police said. The boy was in a car seat when an unknown attacker fired shots at the car, police said. People in the vehicle managed to get the boy to University of Chicago Medical Center. He was then transferred to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition.
Five people were fatally shot and nine others were hurt between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Four of the fatalities occurred in seven hours. The fatalities included a 16-year-old boy who was killed in West Englewood about 9:05 p.m. Friday. He was in the front passenger seat of a car driving through an alley in the 6500 block of South Hamilton Avenue when two males came up and fired shots, according to police.
At least 28 people were wounded, three fatally, in shootings from 8:30 a.m. Saturday to 4:30 a.m. Sunday, the equivalent of somebody shot every 43 minutes. One fatal shooting occurred during a possible murder-suicide in Hyde Park about 9:50 a.m. Saturday, police said. Police responded to the 1400 block of East 54th Street for a well-being check and found a 65-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to the head. A man, 73, also was found shot in the head.
Five more people were killed and seven others, including the 3-year-old boy, were wounded from Sunday afternoon to early Monday. One of the fatalities Sunday was a 21-year-old man shot with “possibly an AK-47’’ assault rifle in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, according to police. Police intially said the victim was 17. The 21-year-old, who the Cook County medical examiner's office said was Salvador Suarez, was walking east in the 1700 block of West 46th Street around 1:30 p.m. when a light-colored, four-door Saturn pulled up and fired shots with a "high-powered semi-automatic weapon," striking the victim as he attempted to run, said Eugene Roy, chief of detectives for the Chicago police.
Suarez lived in the 4500 block of South Hermitage Avenue, according to the medical examiner's office. Police are investigating whether the rifle has been used in any other shootings. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene, and the shooting was believed to be gang related, Roy said.
If you do not live in Chicago, you have probably not heard about any of this. If you are a gun control advocate you will reply that the problem with gun violence in Chicago lies outside of the city, in places where it is easier to acquire guns. Because all of the gang bangers have to go outside of the city to find an AK-47.
As I said before, the logic is unimpeachable: if no one in Chicago had a gun there would be no gun violence in Chicago.
Unimpeachable, but thoroughly irrelevant.