If Chicago were serious about bringing its violent crime
problem under control, it would recognize the
constitutional right of residents to use firearms to
The city's troubles are so extreme that a pair of state
lawmakers are calling on a fellow Democrat, Gov. Pat
Quinn, to deploy the National Guard to help restore
calm. The latest figures show that Chicago had racked up
122 homicides for the year, exceeding the 116 killings
over the comparable period in 2009, a very bad year.
Among the top 10 U.S. cities, Chicago is within shooting
distance of advancing from second place to win the
dubious distinction of being the U.S. murder capital.
It's no coincidence that the Windy City is already the
U.S. gun-control capital.
Read the rest of this editorial at
The Washington Times.
With the U.S. Supreme Court about to decide what may be the
Court’s most important decision ever regarding the
Second Amendment, one of the world’s leading experts on
gun control, John Lott, will highlight a dinner May 27
in downtown Chicago from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.
John Lott, Ph.D., whose new edition of the 1998 landmark
“More Guns, Less Crime” is due from the University of
Chicago Press later this month, will address a special
dinner sponsored by The Heartland Institute, the Chicago
Federalist Society, and the Lincoln Legal Foundation at
Petterino’s restaurant, 150 North Dearborn, Chicago.
Dr. Lott will make his presentation as the homicide rate
in Chicago soared in recent months, and the city and
state are grappling with how best to respond.
“For some reason Mayor Daley isn’t learning from his
past mistakes,” Dr. Lott said. “Will Mayor Daley notice
that DC’s murder rate fell by 25 percent after the
Supreme Court struck down its handgun ban and gunlock
Despite 12 years of attacks by gun-control advocates,
Dr. Lott’s data-based conclusion remains intact: More
guns mean less crime. Comparing crime statistics and
right-to-carry laws, Dr. Lott challenges liberal
assertions about the relationship between guns, crime,
Other legal experts also are expected to present at the
dinner. Their names will be announced as they confirm
Price of the sit-down dinner is $45, including taxes and
gratuity, at Petterino’s, 150 North Dearborn (enter on
Randolph Street side). Valet parking is available for
Make your reservation by calling Tonya Houston at (312)
This event is also posted at
The Heartland Institute.