Mass shootings aren’t America’s only problem with gun violence.
In the wake of three mass shootings in a single week, one of them at an elementary school, elected officials in the Democratic Party, and some Republicans, are pursuing gun control legislation.
House Democrats have already rolled out a package of bills under the auspices of protecting schoolchildren from deranged murderers armed with high-capacity assault-style weapons. There may even be enough support emanating from across the aisle to see some of those new gun control bills signed into law by President Joe Biden, who has himself pledged to “do something” about America’s peculiar, and persistent, crisis of mass shootings.
Gun violence in America, however, is not confined to spree killers or mass shooters; far from it.
In Chicago, city officials and residents alike are watching grim homicide milestones pass on a regular basis with no real prospects of reversing the rising tide of violent crime sweeping the city.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has, among other things, instituted a curfew. Whether or not this will do any good, and whether or not Chicago PD has the resources to enforce such an order, remains to be seen.
Judging by the past few weeks, neither the curfew nor any other measures city leaders and police officers have taken thus far is stemming the rise in violent crime.
Chicago is grappling with so-called “ghost guns’: Untraceable, illegal firearms with the serial numbers filed-off. These guns are already illegal; making them more illegal isn’t likely to do much good.
Requiring legal gun owners to undergo stricter back-ground checks, making certain types of firearms illegal to buy, sell, or transfer is perhaps sensible, but it isn’t going to make the slightest dent in the flood of illegal guns flowing into the U.S.
Illegal guns are coming from somewhere. They aren’t being sold en masse to criminals by legal gun owners. Guns aren’t being stolen by the hundreds and thousands from gun shows, or gun stores, or from the homes of people who own them.
They are coming into the country from outside; and they are arriving, by and large, through the U.S. southern border.