Trump Says Chicago is Proof Gun Laws Aren’t Effective
On his tour through Asia, Trump responded to reporters this week about the recent Texas shooting and gun regulation. He pointed to Chicago as proof that stricter gun laws aren’t effective. “Chicago is a disaster, a total disaster,” Trump told reporters in South Korea when asked if the recent shooting had changed his position on gun-control legislation. According to Trump, Chicago has the “strongest gun laws” in the country, but still struggles with a high rate of gun violence in the country. While Chicago does have tight gun restrictions, the bigger issue is the surrounding states that do not.
According to a report released by the Chicago Police Department, of the nearly 15,000 weapons recovered from 2013 to 2016, police found that 60 percent of them came from out of state. With Indiana and Wisconsin having more lax gun laws and regulations, it makes it easier for criminals to get guns from these near-by states. For instance, Indiana hosts gun shows where no background checks are required for firearms purchased from private sellers.