And yes, you are right, of the 721 murders in 2011 641 were committed in Chicago, and most of the rest in the suburban area of Chicago. For Illinois at large you would not need harsh laws.
Are more deaths caused by gang members or from kids who play Call of Duty too much?
Does anyone really think that taking away any kind of gun is going to prevent criminals and gangs from getting their hands on them? I mean... drugs are illegal and criminals and gangs are mostly the ones selling those, right?
You're never going to be able to stop the Lone Gunman Crazed Idiot. If he does not have an AR-15 or assualt rifle, he'll have a pipe bomb, or a machete, or a carpenter's hatchet. What are we going to do, have licenses and training on how not to kill people with kitchen implements and garage tools?
I'm actually against private ownership of machine guns and fully automatic weapons and I think there is no good reason to need 30 or 50 round clips. But, we can't just let the criminals have the only guns.