So in conclusion:
Erod doesn't know anything about Illinois crime or for that matter crime in his state.
Erod thinks his state is safer than Illinois, against all evidence to the contrary.
Erod hasn't seen a crime statistic in the last 10 year.
Erod doesn't know that despite Texas being one of the most gun happy states in the union, it has managed to get higher murder/gun murder rates than a pretty gun restrictive state like Illinois.
Nothing new really.