[McCain] criticized Sen. Barack Obama for not signing a bipartisan amicus brief supporting the ruling later issued by the Supreme Court, and singled out the Chicago ban in describing what the ruling should change.
Obama said if elected president, he would uphold the rights of gun owners, but he said: "I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne."
First off, "what works in Chicago" - NOT. Gun control does not work. With one of the most draconian gun bans in the country, Chicago still rates very high in all sortds of violent crime.
But leaving that aside, what makes the comparison between Chicago and Cheyenne interesting? Was it just alliteration? Interestingly enouh, indications are that the same language appears in drafts of the 2008 Democratic platform.
I think the comparison is very interesting.
Here is information about Chicago. Here is information about Cheyenne.
Chicago, IL, population 2,842,518
Cheyenne, WY, population 55,731
OK, big difference. But is that a qualitative difference or merely a quantitative one? I say the latter.
Median household income:
Violent Crime, 2002 (only year with stats for both):
Rate Per 100K People:
More detail from here, by way of here:
Note that these rates are per 100,000 people, so they are normalized relative to population.
Latest 2006 Crimes per 100,000 People:
|Chicago, IL||Cheyenne, WY||National|
Whoa, Nellie! Something's different OK.
Chicago: No new handguns guns allowed to anybody since 1982, except police and politicians. Yes, politicians. "Assault weapons" banned in 1992. No Concealed Carry is allowed for non-LEO in Illinois.
Cheyenne: Wyoming state law provides for the issuance of concealed firearm permits.
So why is it OK for guns in Cheyenne?
Could this have anything to do with it?
Race in Cheyenne
|Population by Race|
Race in Chicago
|Population by Race|
So are Obama and the Dems actually saying that gun control needs to be in place in cities with large non-white populations, but not in cities with mainly white populations? Or does it just seem that way?
Note that I am not saying that race makes the difference in crime rates. It was Obama who named those 2 cities - not me.