If you haven’t heard already, Chicago politicians are throwing a fit over the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision yesterday overturning the D.C. gun ban. Mayor Daley himself said it was a “frightening” ruling that could “take us back to the old West”. The article also has some commentary on the whole situation and why Daley is going to fight the lawsuit recently filed by Illinois pro-gun groups challenging Chicago’s gun ban.
The reason goes far beyond making a political statement at a time when Chicago’s homicide rate is rising by nearly 13 percent and children are being gunned down on city streets.
That explains why Daley was so “outraged” by a ruling that he warned has “changed the rules” of inner-city policing.
“Does this lead to everyone having a gun in our society? If they think that’s the answer, then they’re greatly mistaken. Then, why don’t we do away with the court system and go back to the Old West? You have a gun and I have a gun and we’ll settle in the streets,” Daley told reporters at Navy Pier.
I think Mr. Daley has been watching too many old Clint Eastwood movies. While entertaining and great to watch, movies aren’t exactly the best reference for historical accuracy. The Old West was hardly a time when people were routinely settling arguments in the street. People were more likely to cooperate that get into a conflict.
Oh by the way, Washington D.C. and Chicago have been up near the top of the list when it comes to murders per capita in the US. Obviously Daley thinks this ruling is going to jeopardize his city’s high ranking, and he’s understandably panicked.
He went on to say more.
Daley decried the double standard that has placed the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress in a security bubble with armed guards and metal detectors galore.
“You cannot carry a gun into a federal building. You cannot carry a gun into a federal court. So, they’re setting themselves aside. They’re saying to the rest of America that the answer to all of the constitutional issues is that we can carry guns. . . . Why should we as a city not be able to protect ourselves from those who want guns in our society?“
As I recall, Scalia was very clear in his decision on this. The court found that you cannot infringe upon an individual’s right to own a handgun, however he went on to explain that it will still be up to local states and cities to determine whether or not to continue to ban guns at schools, whether or not to allow concealed carry laws, etc. etc.
But I’m wondering, did the mayor even think about what he was saying? I put part of the above quote in bold for a reason. The mayor is an idiot. Apparently he (along with many liberals) thinks everyone who wants a gun is a threat and everyone needs protection from them. The fact of the matter is it’s the criminals who obtain guns illegally that are the threat. Several studies have been showing that an overwhelming majority of gun-related violence use firearms that were illegally obtained (80% is the only number I can recall accurately from a study done in the late 90s). It’s not registered gun owners that are committing these crimes.
Now the mayor is going to spend taxpayer money, fighting the Constitution. Did you hear me? He is going to spend YOUR money, to FIGHT the United States Constitution. Mayor Daley is trying to infringe upon your rights. The very THING the Constitution and the Bill of Rights was created to do in the first place!!! RESTRICTING the powers of the government!!!
“Those who are rich and those who are in power always feel safe. Those who do not have the power do not feel safe. And that’s what they’re saying,” Daley said.
This is the best quote of all. Currently, the only non-law enforcement personell allowed to carry guns are…prepare for a shock…the mayor and alderman of the city, and they even get concealed carry. Hypocrits.
UPDATE: Oh, and here’s a little bonus material for you. The Chicago Tribune printed this as their lead editorial. “Repeal the 2nd Amendment”
In doing so, they have curtailed the power of the legislatures and the city councils to protect their citizens.
The murder rate in Chicago has risen 13 percent this year. Guns are still the weapon of choice for mayhem in the U.S. About 68 percent of all murders in 2006 were committed with a firearm, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
So how exactly has allowing US citizens to own handguns curtailed the power of legislature and city councils to protect citizens? Once again, making the key mistake assuming that by allowing citizens to own guns you somehow increase the murder/crime rate. Have I mentioned yet how in almost every single case, those cities and states that allow its citizens to own firearms, the crime and murder rate has decreased??
If we were to follow this author’s line of thinking, I guess we should also repeal the rights of this idiot to even be able to publish this article. At least the that action would provide something beneficial.