Chicago Has Concealed Carry, Lowest Murder Rate in 56 Years
The first quarter of 2014 was a quarter of firsts for Chicago: it was the first time citizens with a concealed carry handgun permit (CCH) were able to carry handguns for self-defense and the first time since 1958 that the city's murder rate has been this low.
Police began accepting applications for CCHs in January, and CBS Chicago reported that the permits began to be mailed to approved applicants in February.
At the same time, Chicago's ABC 7 reports that "the first three months of 2014 saw 6 fewer murders than the same time frame in 2013... and 55 fewer murders than 2012."
There were "90 fewer shootings and 119 fewer shooting victims" compared to the same time in 2013 and "222 fewer shootings and 292 fewer shooting victims" than the first quarter of 2012.
Overall, "crime is down 25 percent from last year."
The Washington Times reported that Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy claimed better police work, "police training," and "community programs to keep kids off the streets" have been the real causes of a reduction in crime and violence.
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