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The number instances in which Chicago individuals have used their own firearms to protect themselves has skyrocketed since the defund the police movement began. Last month, an 80-year-old man living near Chicago’s O’Hare airport was able to ward off two home intruders by firing off a shot. The  incident is just one of many in the past years where Chicago residents have been forced to take matters into their own hands. “It’s the reason why you’ve seen the increase in gun sales,” said John Lott, president and founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center. “Because people realize that the police and law enforcement broadly isn’t being allowed — the criminal justice system isn’t being allowed — to go and do its job.”

“And the people know that they ultimately have to be responsible for protecting themselves and their families,” Lott told Fox .

According media and police reports, since 2020, there have been at least 44 incidents in which people thwarted an attack or crime with a gun who had concealed carry permits.

According to Fox:

The dozens of documented incidents include concealed carry holders thwarting a car burglary and a would-be carjacker, a resident with a CCW who intervened when he heard a disturbance coming from his neighbor’s home and found a man wielding a knife, and a CCW holder who disrupted a shooting that left one woman dead and two men injured.

In one incident in 2021, a female CCW holder celebrated having her gun on her when criminals approached her outside a bank after she had withdrawn a fistful of cash.

“Thank God I had my gun, or I’d probably be dead right now,” the woman told CBS Chicago at the time, and said the criminal looked surprised when he saw the weapon and ran afterwards.

Chicago has become one of the most dangerous and crime ridden cities in the country over the past few years. Chicago recorded “769 homicides in 2020, up 50% compared to 2019.” In 2021 the city broke a 25-year record when it passed 800 homicides.

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