On the other hand, I've been to the funerals of stupid kids getting gunned downed for stupid reasons because they were in a stupid gang. I don't see how lifting the handgun ban is going to help with curbing gang-violence here in Chicago. Yes, you could argue that these kids are already getting illegal guns from somewhere, why ban good law-abiding citizens from owning handguns? That makes sense in a way but, at the same time, there are going to be a lot more guns in the city for these stupid kids to steal. We've got one of the highest homicide rates in the country, is adding a bunch of guns to the powder-keg of a situation in some poor neighborhoods going to help at all? Intuitively I can just say no, it won't.
Do I go on principle here? Or, do I choose practicality? Guns aren't the cause of the problems here, a poor educational system and high unemployment in poor neighborhoods is. Chicago, unless you're in a gang, is still a safe place to be and it will be even if the handgun ban is struck down. In most neighborhoods anyway, where education and income levels are higher.
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