L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE — Life and Death in Today’s Chicago



By L. Neil Smith 

It is long past time that somebody _sane_ considered the problem of violent crime in the nation’s “Second City”.

This is not brain science; it is not rocket surgery. The unfortunate metropolis’s 762 shooting deaths in 2016 alone, its 4378 shootings (not very good shots in Chicago, are they?), are the direct consequence of  a single, specific, famously liberal/progressive policy pursued over the last several decades. If that policy had never been introduced by wrong-headed, mentally and morally-challenged authorities, Chicago would now be peaceful and safe. Everyone who has ever died or suffered injuries of a particular kind owes his dismal fate to that policy and the generations of political place-holders who have mindlessly enforced it.

That policy is to completely and illegally ignore the highest law of the land, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, commonly known as the Bill of Rights, particularly the Second and Ninth Amendments, and to unlawfully prevent ordinary individuals from owning and carrying the means of self-defense. The Second Amendment does _not_ say “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed — except when the authorities deem otherwise”. To act as if it did is a deliberate act of mass-murder comparable to the Holocaust, for which the city’s dirty officials should be summarily removed and thoroughly prosecuted.

What needs to happen in Chicago is that every single law that mentions guns or self-defense weapons in general, must be struck immediately from the books — nullified, repealed, or otherwise disposed of — and the natural individual right to own and carry weapons assiduously enforced. Reparations must be paid to former gun-shop owners, forced out of business. It will be necessary to treat Illinois laws the same, and ultimately, those of the United States itself. But we’re speaking of Chicago, here. With most of the city’s officials finally in jail where they belong (and maybe joined by Michael Bloomberg and George Soros), everyday people can get on with the task of cleaning up their own neighborhoods.

We’ve seen this process before, beginning in the early 1970’s in Orlando and Toledo, where just the knowledge that one’s potential victim might be armed, reduced the violent crime rate by double digits, Criminals will do anything to avoid a fair fight. If the murderous thugs of Chicago need a practical lesson, then everyday people, going about their everyday business, are the ones to teach it: the lady with a .380 pistol in her purse or pocket, the man with a .357 on the  back of his hip or a .45 under his armpit. The state of Vermont, which has no laws restricting the right to concealed carry, has been virtually crime-free for decades.

All of this socio-political progress from the not-so-miraculous (or even very surprising) course of simply compelling these over-fed and over-reaching officials to obey the law they falsely swore an oath to uphold. That is the basic principle behind what I propose, but there is another aspect, remarkably obvious once you consider it, to the situation.

Crime of the sort that Chicago suffers, exactly like street-level terrorism, is a _diffuse_ problem. Unlike the organized crime of the Al Capone days, it doesn’t have a head that you can cut off, a structure that you can disrupt. Respecting everybody’s fundamental right to self-defense — to obtain and carry the means of self-defense — is the _diffuse_ solution. The cops can’t be everywhere, but the people of a great city already are. Sometimes these self-defenders will succeed, sometimes they will fail. But those who expect their victims to be bound and rendered helpless by a corrupted city government will have an ugly, often fatal, surprise waiting for them. In relatively short order (judging from what’s happened elsewhere) crime will subside.

I have loved Chicago. Its “Miracle Mile”, and the “Loop” are the most beautiful city-scapes I have ever seen. They’re like something out of a 1950’s Sunday Supplement (look it up) future. You expect George Jetson to fly by at any moment. The Museum of Science and Industry is a world marvel. Chicago’s myriad of distinct neighborhoods are a wonder to behold. Chicago could be a wonderful place for everyone to live once again by this time next year.

Victim disarmament (gun control) is the pathological product of a class of disturbed individuals (and their cowardly, gullible, and stupid supporters) who do not trust the very people who put them in office, and would much rather allow massive crime to reign, than give up the sick psycho-sexual pleasure of wielding power over them.


L. Neil Smith

Celebrated and award-winning author of over 30 books and countless shorter pieces, L. Neil Smith is available, at professional rates, to write articles and speeches for you or your organization, providing that our principles are compatible. Contact him at [email protected].


“Any official, appointed or elected, at any level of government, who attempts, through legislative act or other means, to nullify, evade, or avoid the provisions of the first ten amendments to this Constitution, or of the Thirteenth Amendment, shall be summarily removed from office, and, upon conviction, deprived of all pay and benefits including pension, and sentenced to imprisonment for life.”


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