“Fact Check: Is Chicago Proof That Gun Laws Don’t Work?”

One of the main talking points for gun-control opponents these days goes something like this: “Chicago has the strongest gun-control laws in the country, but people kill each other all the time there. Therefore, gun-control laws don’t work.”

I’ve seen that said by multiple people in the news in the past week, and I haven’t seen any refutations of it. So here’s a refutation, from last October.

The key point here is that a large percentage of Chicago’s guns come from nearby states that don’t have strong gun-control laws.

I feel like it’s also important to note that often (but not always), the Chicago thing is accompanied by racist comments about “black-on-black violence.” At CPAC the other day, an NRA representative went so far as to dog-whistle that trope by saying that the media obviously doesn’t care about black people because they don’t cover Chicago’s gun violence. The audience loved that bit. :(

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