Whether one stands on either side of the issue, Chicagoans can agree at the fact that gun related crimes continue to happen. Whether you’re an Arab American or not, Chicagoans can read or watch the latest news and hear about shootings almost every weekend in Chicago. For the past month or so especially, all Chicagoans seem to hear about are the increasing numbers of shootings that have taken the lives of young children and mothers as well as many other victims. Due to this issue, it seems President Barack Obama has heard his city’s cries. On Tuesday, President Obama has revisited his beloved city of Chicago.
On Tuesday, President Obama visited his city of Chicago to discuss more strict gun laws for the nation. Jeremy Gorner from the Chicago Tribune reports, “Obama is expected to push for national laws that make it harder to get around local restrictions by simply driving across a state border with less stringent gun laws.” Gorner also goes on to report, “Weaker guns laws in Indiana, for instance, have long been a problem for Chicago police…” Many 2nd amendment fans may be appalled by the entire visit or such articles in general, however, no one can deny the amount of illegal guns that have been a major problem in cities like Chicago and that have contributed to the increasing number of shootings. It seems that President Obama is merely trying to keep cities like Chicago safe from harm. However, it can also seem to NRA members or pro 2nd amendment fans that its a way the president is making the people weaker. Libertarians, most of them can be pro the 2nd amendment, seem to be outraged at such laws too as they feel the power of the government must decrease and the power of the people must increase.
Although according to Gorner, “Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy stuck to his familiar script of blaming Chicago’s violence on easy access to illegal firearms and a criminal justice system that doesn’t put away gun offenders for long enough.” And Indeed McCarthy did blame guns going into the wrong hands as he urged for there to be thorough background checks. He believes the laws can be quite lenient on offenders who obtain such weapons illegally and thus urging for them to be more strict to protect Chicago as a whole. It is without a doubt that President Obama’s intentions are good when it comes to trying to enforce tougher gun laws on the nation, but perhaps it could back fire. Or perhaps it can make the nation better and cities like Chicago can possibly lower its crime rates and gun violence.