Over the July 4th extended weekend, 64 people were shot in Chicago and 10 of that number were killed including a little 7-year old boy. The Chicago Police Chief insisted that the reason for the shootings is weak gun laws.
Gun laws only monitor and control legal gun owners but the gun grabbers don’t care.
The Chief lamented the death of the small boy and failed to emphasize the fact that the innocent boy’s father, a longtime gang leader, was the target.
According to the gun grabbers, the father isn’t primarily to blame, the gangs aren’t primarily to blame, it’s the gun laws which are aimed at legal gun owners that are the problem.
“We have too many guns on the street, we have a criminal justice system that lets out too many repeatedly who use guns,” Rahm Emanuel said. He added that too many people without a value system have guns. From what he also said in the clip, it sounds like the gang leader father wasn’t even cooperating. Rahm is right on all counts but stricter gun laws won’t change any of that.
There are too many criminals with guns but the criminal justice system lets them out, frustrating the police, and there are too many fathers like that of 7-year old Amari Brown.
Inside the city limits of Chicago, not a single gun shop can be found — they’ve been outlawed. With its nearly 3 million residents, Chicago has the most stringent gun laws in the nation. They ban so-called assault rifles and large-capacity magazines.
What Rahm and the Police Chief want to do is extend the same gun laws to the suburbs, the entire state and hopefully the nation. Going by their flawed logic, all guns need to be eradicated and we will no longer have these crimes.
They think they can outlaw evil and the criminally insane. It is not the law-abiding citizen who is committing the crimes and needs to be controlled but that is the path the gun control activists have chosen. They want to indirectly get at the root of the problem, leaving innocent people defenseless.
Thomas Jefferson was clear on the issue.”The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776
It’s common sense.
Gun crimes are primarily committed by criminals on other criminals. Gangs and illegal guns are the biggest problem, not legal gun owners. The gun control crowd continually puts out misinformation on the subject and as a result, the real problem is not adequately addressed.
Under Barack Obama’s administration, gun crime prosecutions have plummeted. They aren’t enforcing the laws they have.
More gun control does not reduce the demand, it only increases the manufacturing and shipment of illegal guns from the worst of the worst. It opens up new criminal enterprises and leaves the legal gun owner without a way to defend him/herself or his/her family.
It also makes felons out of innocent people who need the guns to defend themselves.
Take the case of the young Philadelphia woman, mother of two, Shaneen Allen. She bought a gun for self-protection after a robbery and was a legal gun owner. Not knowing the law, she drove on the New Jersey Turnpike with the gun in the back of the car. An officer stopped her for a traffic violation and asked if she had a gun to which she immediately answered honestly. She was arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Governor Christie had to pardon this innocent woman. I could get into the horrific gun violence in New Jersey and their failure to properly prosecute but that is for another article.
John Locke said, the first law of nature is the natural right to self-defense. “The two great laws of human society, from whence all the rest derive their course and obligation, are those of equity and self preservation. By the first all men are bound alike not to hurt one another, by the second all men have a right alike to defend themselves.” – Cato’s Letters # 42 (August 26, 1721)