Editorial: Anti-Violence Bill Not the Answer to Chicago Problem

Post Date: October 16, 2013

(Bloomington Pantagraph, Editorial) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy are expected to push hard for what they see as a solution to the city’s violent crime problem during next week’s veto session of the General Assembly.

The solution isn’t really a solution, however. It’s doubtful it will work and it will cost all Illinois taxpayers millions of dollars.

Emmanuel and Chicago area legislators are pushing for approval of legislation (HB 2265) that will require a three-year mandatory minimum sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

The gun violence problem in Chicago is real. On one recent night, 13 people were killed as a result of gun violence.

But this proposal isn’t the solution.

For starters, mandatory minimum sentences simply don’t work. The idea behind the mandatory prison sentences is that those using guns to commit crimes will think twice before using their weapons. That fails the logic test; it’s well proven that criminals rarely think of the consequences before committing their crimes. If the gun-toting criminals thought about consequences, they wouldn’t carry what are usually illegal firearms in the first place. Read more