Chicago Trys To End Gun Violence By Turning To Twitter

400 murders so far in 2012, and naturally they want Twitter users advice:

The City of Chicago is asking residents with ideas on how to get illegal guns off the streets to share their thoughts — in 140 characters or fewer on Twitter.

The best submitted ideas will be debated at an Oct. 11 panel discussion during Chicago Ideas Week.

Participants may submit their ideas by using the hashtag #WhatIfChicago.

With a quick twitter search for the hashtag I was glad to see a lot of people not trying to blame the guns.  The twitter account @WhatIfChicago has been engaging some of the tweeters lately too.

This is obviously a social media marketing campaign for the upcoming Chicago Ideas Week (Starting Monday October 8th).  I hope the “best” ideas they pick to debate are not ones that will end up screwing over non-criminal gun owners in Chicago over.

Thoughts?  If you make a good pro-gun tweet using the hashtag, let me know in the comments!

Hat tip: Sean

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Jon Hutto October 5, 2012 at 06:29 am

You can erect a wall around the city, establish zones and checkpoints for anyone going between zones. You can then search room to room, building to building, zone to zone and collect all. Keep the checkpoints and wall going to prevent anyone new from coming in. People should need prior approval and papers to travel between zones, and everything (car, person, train, plane) entering the city has to be checked.

But who would want to live there?

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dave w October 5, 2012 at 09:39 am

i like the wall around the city idea, parts of it definitely need that.

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Cody Thornhill October 5, 2012 at 11:14 am

I tweeted about letting their citizens own guns. prevent unarmed victims. And i got a response from them saying .”@CodyThornhill Gun laws have been popular suggestion. Question to you- how do we get illegal guns off Chicago streets? #WhatIfChicago” so i responded with saying “Fire Eric Holder. He is the illegal gun runner.

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ENDO-Mike October 5, 2012 at 11:38 am

hehe nice work Cody.

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Cody Thornhill October 6, 2012 at 12:19 am

They actually retweeted the fire Eric Holder comment

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Brandon October 5, 2012 at 01:33 pm

How do you get illegal guns off the street? Simple. You just make them all legal!

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dave w October 5, 2012 at 05:39 pm

How to get guns of the street in chicago:
1- buy every citizen a holster
2- pass a law requiring the use of belts to hold pants up.
Now the guns wont be falling out all the time and be on the street anymore.

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Saxon October 5, 2012 at 09:39 pm

Just give every citizen a Michelin Man ballistic suit, then criminals will give up using them! : D

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M October 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Take away guns and they’ll just use knives or blunt objects. Finding a reason for them not to kill each other is the real issue, and a much harder one to solve imho.

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Jim P. October 6, 2012 at 11:37 pm

How about requiring all but conscientious objectors and felons to carry a legally owned firearm?

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