As reported, David Garrett, 47, of the 5100 block of West Potomac Avenue, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on the 100 block of Green Street around 2:15 am on January 1, 2009. A second person was also reportedly shot during the same incident, and is in serious to critical condition. The gunman fled after shooting the victims.
The new year was just a couple hours old, and already a Chicago resident was murdered by a criminal who ignored the decades old gun ban (as well as the many state laws that prohibit carrying a gun and shooting someone). Just as criminals ignored the handgun ban in 2008, and caused the Chicago murder rate to skyrocket, it seems that they will continue to do so in 2009. Chicago’s Mayor Daley and other anti gun activists should make a new year’s resolution to address the true causes of crime, rather than blaming guns and making it harder for Chicago’s citizens to defend themselves against violent criminals; especially when the legal system is failing to protect the victims.