CNN Cannot Recognize Cause and Effect, Even When its Within Their Own Story

source: CNN

Despite bloody weekend, Chicago's murder rate is down, police chief says

(CNN) -- If you read the headlines out of Chicago this past Easter weekend -- more than 40 shot, including nine killed -- you might be surprised to learn that the city's homicide rate is still trending downward, according to the police chief.
Yes, that's right: Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told WGN Radio this week that Chicago's homicide rate is "still ahead of where we were last year, which was a record." The number of homicides in Chicago last year dropped to 415, compared to 503 in 2012, an 18% drop. That lower level hasn't been seen since 1965.

And why do you think that is?  Do you think it might have anything to do with this?
source: The Blaze

Here’s What Happened to Crime in Chicago After Illinois Finally Passed Concealed Carry Law

On July 9, 2013, a bill to recognize Illinois gun owners’ right to carry concealed firearms was passed by both chambers of the state Legislature. Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns.
Gun control advocates warned that high-crime areas, like Chicago, would only see more violence if residents were allowed to carry guns in public.
In reality, the opposite may be happening.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Police Department announced that the city experienced its lowest murder rate since 1958 in the first quarter of 2014. There were 6 fewer murders than the same timeframe in 2013 — a 9 percent drop — and 55 fewer murders than 2012, police said.
Further, there were reportedly 90 fewer shootings and 119 fewer shooting victims compared to last year. There have also been 222 fewer shootings and 292 fewer shooting victims compared to the first quarter in 2012.
All crime is down 25 percent from 2013 and police say they have confiscated over 1,300 illegal guns in the last three months.
Now, it’s entirely too soon to conclude that the concealed carry law is partly responsible for Chicago’s across-the-board drop in the crime. However, it is not unreasonable to conclude the drop in crime may undercut gun control advocates’ argument that more guns equal more crime.
It should also be noted that the first concealed carry permits were issued in late February, so the decrease in crime can’t yet be attributed to more people carrying guns.
The more telling statistics will be revealed as 2014 marches on. Still, as always, correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the drop in crime a “trend.” He attributed the drop to the “talent level of individuals” on the police force, “intelligent policing strategies” and other programs. He did not mention the concealed carry law.

But if McCarthy is going to give the police department credit for the reduction in murder rate last year, isn’t that saying the same thing as the police were responsible for the higher murder rate the years before?  Were the police not trying as hard to prevent crime prior to last year? This is classic liberalism -  being willing to blame your own incompetence before you are willing to blame the failure on your ideology.  There is no way the libs are going to give concealed carry credit for the drop in the murder rate, even if it means making themselves look bad.
Here’s another interesting excerpt from the CNN story.

There are some Chicago neighborhoods -- poorer, less educated, predominantly African-American and infested with gangs -- that have murder rates 10 times higher than other Chicago areas.

What is CNN trying to say here?  In the very same story, they mention that gun control laws have been struck down citywide and statewide.  If the ability to legally possess a firearm were the problem, why would some neighborhoods have higher murder rates than others?  For that matter, why were there any gun related murders when the ban on firearms in Chicago was in place?  What possible reason could CNN have to even mention the words “African-American and infested with gangs”, unless they, themselves, are racists?  Classic liberalism rears its head again - blame gun violence on race before admitting that the supporters of the second amendment are correct.
I thought that we were supposed to believe that all this gun violence was the fault of the guns themselves, not the people using them, although without even knowing it, CNN may have for once, actually have been right.  I once lived in a small town where everyone I knew owned multiple guns and I can’t recall even one incident of murder by use of a firearm.  Of course that town isn’t very diverse.
If you see the connection between reduced crime and concealed carry, you’re smarter than either Chicago’s police chief or CNN.

More from CNN

"It's just insanity that there's such a proliferation of firearms that they're so easy to get your hands on," McCarthy told WGN Radio on Monday. "The studies show when there's more restrictive gun laws, there's less gun violence. It's not brain surgery, it's really really simple.

I would like to see these “studies”.  Someone show me an example where more restrictive gun laws have reduced gun violence.

"It's going to take us a while to fix poverty and the break-up of the family units and education and jobs. But we can do something about gun laws today and we're just not doing it."
That may be an uphill climb: In February, a federal judge struck down Chicago's ban on gun sales, saying it went "too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions." And in 2010, the Supreme Court declared Chicago's 28-year-old handgun ban unconstitutional.

Making it even more difficult, last year, Illinois became the 50th state to allow its residents to carry concealed weapons after a veto from its governor failed to kill the legislation.

CNN can’t even differentiate between the cause and solution of the problem.

McCarthy may get some limited help from the feds at least in keeping repeat criminals off the street: the office of newly appointed U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon announced Monday the creation of a violent crimes section to focus on how to more effectively use federal statues to prosecute those behind Chicago's gun violence,the Chicago Tribune reported.

It’s impossible to be a liberal and not end up making yourself look stupid, because in order to be a liberal, you must embrace a flawed ideology.  As soon as you recognize the faults in the ideology, you begin to cease being liberal.


  1. Hey Neil,

    It isn't about is about control. If you can't rely on yourself for protection, you have to rely on the powers that be for protection and if you do that, you have to surrender some of your individual sovereignty to the state for that protection. And that is the endgame.

    1. It's about control for the people who control the liberal agenda, but the people at CNN have their heads so far up their asses, they can't see the obvious.