Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel – Wants Stricter Gun Laws in Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel – Wants Stricter Gun Laws in Chicago

I can’t understand the thinking of folks like Rahm Emanuel. Chicago already has strict gun control laws, and yet the city has a real problem with criminals using guns to commit crimes. So, have the gun control laws brought this under control, ie, made Chicago a safer place? No, so their answer is more gun control.

CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says lax gun laws are a “weak link” in the fight against gun violence.

The Democrat renewed his push Tuesday for legislation to increase gun crime penalties. He says he’ll lobby as much as it’ll take ahead of next week’s veto session in Springfield. . . .

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More Gun Control Efforts From President Obama – CBC Foundation Dinner

More Gun Control Efforts From President Obama – CBC Foundation Dinner

President Obama spoke at the gala announcing his renewed efforts for new restrictions on firearms purchases. Using Chicago criminal violence and the recent DC Navy Yard shooting, president Obama will push for more gun control. No surprise for gun rights’ advocates. It would be a surprise if the gun control advocates could actually demonstrate that gun control works, and that fewer restrictions on gun rights (allowing handguns and concealed carry, etc) is the problem. Unfortunately, that isn’t the agenda for the progressives who see government policies as the only solution for our problems, and not as the failures they are in real life.

Chicago already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the USA, and what is happening there?

. . . In a fiery speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gala, Obama also renewed his push for sweeping new restrictions on firearms purchases. The president cited the recent rash of deadly shootings in his home town of Chicago, as well as Monday’s rampage at Washington’s Navy Yard, and exhorted lawmakers, “We’ve got to get back up and go back at it.” . . .

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Chicago’s Gun Control Laws Have Made the City Safer? NO! Try New US Murder Capital

Chicago’s Gun Control Laws Have Made the City Safer? NO! Try New US Murder Capital

According to Investor’s Business Daily, 2012 FBI statistics place Chicago as the murder capital of the USA, passing New York City. All the gun control laws do is keep guns away from law-abiding citizens, since criminals by definition do not obey laws, especially gun control laws.

Gun Crime: FBI statistics show Chicago, with one-third the population, passing New York City in the number of murders in 2012. Is it time for a national conversation about gang control vs. gun control?

President Obama doesn’t often mention his hometown when he talks about gun control. Then he’d have to explain, in arguably the most gun-restricted big city in America in the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms, why Chicago is now officially the murder capital of the United States. . . .

Read the rest of the Investor’s Business Daily’s article here

A Victory for Gun Rights and Freedom – Looking Back at the Supreme Court’s Chicago Decision

A Victory for Gun Rights and Freedom – Looking Back at the Supreme Court’s Chicago Decision

Jacob Hornberger’s editorial on the Supreme Court’s ruling against Chicago’s handgun ban last year is worth rereading.

He draws attention to the incredible blindspot that statist gun control advocates have when the law allows gun rights to prevail. Hornberger illustrates the statist blindness by citing a New York Times editorial that howled about the ‘gun violence’ in Chicago, and the how-could-the-Supreme-Court-possibly-rule-like-they-did? Amazing, that is the point. Chicago’s example, with its strict, draconian, unconstitutional gun control laws, has not worked in real life. GET IT?

A Victory for Gun Rights and Freedom
by Jacob G. Hornberger

When it comes to gun rights and gun control, liberals are so predictable. Condemning the Supreme Court’s decision in the Chicago gun case that applied the Second Amendment to the states, the New York Times editorialized, “Mayors and state lawmakers will have to use all of that room and keep adopting the most restrictive possible gun laws — to protect the lives of Americans and aid the work of law enforcement officials.”

What is the Times’ justification for taking such an extreme position? The Times states: “The court’s members ignored the present-day reality of Chicago, where 258 public school students were shot last school year — 32 fatally.”

What? Say again?

What the Times claims about gun deaths in Chicago last year has got to be absolutely and totally false! Why is that so? Because they have gun control in Chicago! A total ban on handguns! Doesn’t the Times know that? Doesn’t it know that that was what the Supreme Court case was all about — the constitutionality of Chicago’s total ban on handguns within the city?

Therefore, the obvious question arises: How can the Times claim that there were 258 people shot in Chicago when there is gun control in Chicago? Doesn’t that suggest something important? As in, gun control doesn’t work! If a gun ban worked, there wouldn’t have been any people shot by guns in Chicago.

Doh!

And that is the blind spot that statists have about gun control. In their antipathy for guns, they will not permit themselves to see that gun control doesn’t work — it doesn’t accomplish what they want to accomplish — i.e., no more gun deaths. . . .

Read the rest of Hornberger’s excellent gun rights editorial at
The Future of Freedom Foundation. He includes some great history on gun rights in his editorial.

The original NYT editorial Hornberger refers to can be found here.

Courts Continue Ruling Against Second Amendment and Gun Rights For Law-Abiding Citizens

Courts Continue Ruling Against Second Amendment and Gun Rights For Law-Abiding Citizens

Larry Bell provides an excellent overview of the continuing saga for lawful gun owners and the exercise of their constitutional gun rights. Courts are still ruling (punishing might be a better word) against citizens who carry guns for self-defense.

I’ve quoted a very pertinent paragraph from the article. Citing the Supreme Court’s decision, one can see how the liberal courts are continuing to block lawful gunowners.

. . . It would far too optimistic to imagine that the legal shoot-out with liberal courts was settled when the Supreme Court recognized an “inherent right of self-defense” in striking down strict Washington, D.C., and Chicago handgun bans. Yes, in 2008 Justice Antonin Scalia’s statement made it pretty clear that the Second Amendment history “guarantees the individual right to carry weapons in case of confrontation.” But then other parts of the 5-4 decision stressed that there is no right to “carry any weapon in any manner” and notes that bans on “carrying concealed weapons were lawful” in the 19th century. Such legislation often involved placement of high taxes and bans on inexpensive guns in southern states to prevent purchases by poor blacks and whites.

This elitist sentiment continues today. . .

Yes, that is elitist sentiment, for sure.

Larry Bell of Forbes. Read more here.