Interesting bit on Chicago’s gang culture:
Another starling fact: in New York and most other big cities the gang members will throw away the guns as they are being chased but, in Chicago, where police confiscated over 3,200 guns during the first half of the year, they shoot back instead. The top cop says that is because “there is a greater sanction for the gang members to lose that firearm from their gang than there is to go to jail.”
In Chicago a gang member will fire back instead of discard his weapon because members face “severe beatings” and financial punishment if they lose their gun. “There are way too many guns. On any given weekend, our police officers take more guns off the streets than either New York or LA. It’s too easy for anybody to get a gun.”
If guns were easy to get, why would there be such penalties for losing one? Sure, there are other reasons they might do that but the first thought to come to mind was that they were hard to replace and, therefore, the risk of it being evidence outweighed that cost. As reader JKB, who emailed it to me, said:
The gang crime in Chicago is so bad they are violating the law of supply and demand. An op/ed in the Chattanoogan has the following quotes from the Chicago police superintendent.
Notice the “It’s too easy for anybody to get a gun”, which seems to indicate a large supply compared to demand. But the gang members shoot it out with the cops rather than throw away the gun because the gangs will exact a high price for the loss of the gun, which seems to indicate that guns are not easy to replace.
It just doesn’t make sense. Once a gun is discharged in the commission of a felony, it is known as evidence. Evidence is something the smart criminal tries not to keep on them. Throwing away guns is the cost of doing crime. Perhaps the Great Recession is hard all over. Guns are plentiful?, but hard for a gang to afford? Maybe private citizens in the gang areas are buying up the supply?
Isn’t there a big economics school in Chicago? Perhaps they should look into this failure of economics?