In Chicago, the rule of law has broken down. There have been 749 homicides homicides so far this year, according to the web site HeyJackass.com. Those are all withing the city limits of Chicago. Chicago's population is 2.7 million. Given that we have over three weeks to go to the end of the year, the annual homicide rate for Chicago will be over 28 per 100,000. That falls into the rates typical for places where the rule of law has failed. Places like South Africa (32), Brazil (25), the American Virgin Islands (33), Puerto Rico (24), and Jamaica(36).
28 is the overall rate for the entire city. In reality, some neighborhoods are much more violent, others have a very low homicide rate. It is all very predictable and based on human nature. When the rule of law cannot be relied on, people fear the law less than they fear their enemies. Grudges, blood feuds, and tribalism (or the proto-tribes known as "gangs") flourish.
It is reasonable to fear being disarmed more than being arrested for being armed. From chicagotribune.com:
But what of the trigger men and boys?In the gun culture, the saying is "It is better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6."
"Their greatest fear is that they'll be caught on the street without a gun," Dart said. "They're not worried about being caught with a gun, but without a gun. There is a certain logic to it. They know the system, but that's not what they're afraid of."
It was nice of Cook County Sheriff Dart to remind us of this fact. It is something that occasionally intrudes into the bubble surrounding those who want a disarmed public.
In Chicago it is exacerbated by the Ferguson Effect, where police, repeatedly attacked by the media and "progressives", (but I repeat myself) pull back from violent neighborhoods.
The Chicago Tribune and Sheriff Dart have discovered a fundamental truth known by most for thousands of years. Keep it up. Before you know it, you will be reading the Federalist Papers.
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