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Trump vs. Clinton: Enough With the ‘Chicago’ Argument


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Donald Trump once again just cited violence in Chicago in his argument that gun control doesn’t tamp down crime. Two points on the “Chicago argument”:

  1. Sixty percent of guns used in Chicago crimes were purchased from other states with more lax gun laws. Twenty percent came from Indiana alone, according to U.S. News and World Report.
  2. Chicago actually ranked 19th in the United States in gun homicides, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. When people say it has the most murders, that’s not the murder rate; the murder rate is murders per 100,000 people.

While it would be nice to get data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to further explore these numbers, because of the Dickey Amendment, that’s not likely to happen any time soon.