Chiraq or Iraqcago?

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Why not let the citizens of Chicago protect themselves? Iraq appears to be making progress against crime by expanding legal gun ownership. Iraq is allowing citizens to protect themselves. (Reuters, Aug. 19, Baghdad gunshops thrive after Iraqi rethink on gun control)

Maybe Chicago should consider allowing law-abiding Hispanics and African-Americans to have a say in their own individual safety.

Actual enforcement of current gun laws is no longer a realistic way to stop "gun violence." More laws (universal background checks, assault weapons bans, 10-round magazine capacity limits, etc.) can't get the votes to be enacted (to stop "gun violence"). The police have no legal duty to protect any specific individual citizen from "gun violence." White people in safe suburbs work to keep guns out of the hands of minority citizens (to prevent "gun violence"). Chicago continues to be the poster-child for actual "gun violence."

Why not let the citizens of Chicago protect themselves? Maybe the true insult is not calling Chicago Chiraq but rather calling Iraq Iraqcago. Why not let the citizens of Chicago protect themselves?

What have we got to lose?

John Erickson

Oak Park

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