Chicago has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. It’s also the murder capital of the United States. In the past 10 years more Americans have been murdered in Chicago than killed in the Afghanistan war.
In a city where it is illegal to buy a handgun, the bad guys have no trouble getting them. More than three-quarters of the 4,797 homicides were committed with a handgun. A rifle, e.g. an AR-15, was used less than 1% of the time.
Compared to Chicago, Afghanistan is relatively peaceful. 2,166 Americans were killed.
Less than a mile from President Obama’s Chicago home, an innocent teenager was one of the more recent homicides. With her death Chicago’s January has had more murders than any other January in more than a decade.