CHICAGO – Playing on fear and ignoring the data, Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters today that Illinois' new conceal carry law may boost the number of guns on the street.
Connecting guns (rather than criminals) to Chicago's growing crime problem, McCarthy opined:
“Because now it is going to happen is legitimate guns are going to get stolen in cars, they are going to get stolen in burglaries, they are going to get taken away from legitimate owners. So, at the end of the day, those numbers may go up or they may go down, I’m not positive,” said McCarthy.
McCarthy says Chicago police recover more illegal weapons than any other U.S. city, which, according to him, should lead to a reduction in crime. However, Chicago violent crime has not been reduced, despite the weapons confiscation and the police cooking the books on crime statistics.