Very well said, thank you for adding something that I couldn't.These stats, as other posters have said, prove nothing. They simply show stats for two locations, without taking into account any of the 'baggage', that effect the crime levels in those two areas.
For example. How many cities in Illinois have a population of 500,000 or more? Guess? Just one. Chicago
Now how about Texas? There are six. Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth and El Paso.
Unlike in Illinois, the population size of Houston is less than twice the size of the second largest city San Antonio, yet Chicago is almost 14 times the size of the second largest city there (Aurora).
If you can't guess what i am driving at already, its that big cities are like magnets. They are 'happening' cities with opportunity. Texas crooks have got 6 to choose from, effectively spreading out the crime hotspots within the state. In Illinois, with only one major metropolitan area, it all happens in that one place, distorting the figures hugely.
There is also another key factor in relation to Chicago, and that is, that unlike Houston, Chicago is by far the more 'International' city. Houston is rivalled in its own state to a large degree by Dallas, in international status, let alone a city as well known as Chicago. Once again, this magnetic pull comes into play. If guns dissappeared overnight in the US, crime figures would fall dramatically, but you can still expect Chicago to suffer the greater levels, like New York, like LA, like Boston, because they are huge international cities. Houston not so much.
I found no offence in Rolyo's comment. And i'll admit perfectly that i found it amusing. Not amusing in the LOL sense, simply in its context, because it sums up succinctly how much of the western world looks at the US on the gun debate.
The comment is a mockery on a tragedy. That does not mean that the tragedy wasn't felt, or that the lost life in question was worthless enough that jokes are being made. It was NO joke. That was the point of the comment. It wasn't at the expense of the tragedy, but at the expense of those who naively believe that arming a nation is a good thing, because it clearly isn't. You only have to open your eyes and be sensible, but instead, so many americans want to bury their heads in the sand so that they can carry on playing with their big boy toys, whilst unscrupulous profiteers are pushing dangerous weapons onto the populace, under the false ideology that it'll make you safer.
This little boy was given this gun as a birthday present? At 5 years old, a remote control car is by far more suitable. Its absurd how many tragedies occur because of sheer stupidity, and like it or not Chance, that is WORTH mocking. Hopefully that kind of attitude will get through to some people about how bad an idea it actually is to give kids guns, sure as hell beats the advertising for the 'my first firearm' toy for kids (which normalises something which is NOT normal). Young children and teddy bears mix, children and guns don't, and shouldn't.