Adding more gun laws won’t make streets safer

The News featured the murder of a 15-year-old Chicago girl on the Jan. 21 front page. The girl, an honor student and recent participant in the presidential inauguration, was gunned down while seeking shelter from the rain in a city park. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his police chief vowed immediate action and called for tougher gun laws to prevent future shootings. Great press, but poor relevancy to the facts.

Chicago and Illinois already have gun laws so restrictive that they were recently stricken down by the Federal Courts. Yet in 2012, there were 446 gun-related deaths in Chicago (out of 506 homicides). There were no charges filed in 94 percent of these homicides. The problem in Chicago – contrary to what the president, his former chief of staff (Emanuel) and the Chicago police chief say – is not a lack of gun laws, but the enforcement of existing laws.

Why is it so hard to state the obvious: Criminals have no respect for laws and the result is the carnage that stains Chicago’s streets. Gangs, not lawful citizens, are turning America’s major cities into killing fields. I found my information through a quick search of police records and FBI statistics. American streets will be safe when the public demands safe streets, not more laws.

Joseph G. Calleri