Chicago mayor to crack down on legal gun sales
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says there are too many guns in Chicago and it's time to crack down so that criminals can't get their hands on firearms.
Naturally, this means cracking down on the sale of legal firearms to law abiding citizens.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel outlined a plan on Wednesday to make Chicago’s gun laws, already some of the strictest in the country, even tougher.
Calling gun violence Chicago’s “most urgent problem,” Mr. Emanuel, who has said the issue is one of his administration’s top priorities, introduced a proposal to the City Council that would impose tighter restrictions on gun retailers and buyers. Under the proposal, all gun sales would be videotaped, an effort to deter buyers from using false identification. Gun buyers could make only one purchase each month, and gun shops would not be allowed within 500 feet of schools or parks.
Speaking to reporters after the City Council meeting, Mr. Emanuel emphatically promoted his plan, saying that it was part of a wider strategy — including an increased police presence — to make the streets of Chicago safer.
Because criminals in Chicago will purchase all their guns at legal gun shops and smile for the camera when they are being videotaped.
“The city of Chicago does not have a problem of too few guns,” Mr. Emanuel said. “There are way too many guns from shops in Cook County and from neighboring states that come into the city of Chicago. On any given weekend, our police officers take more guns off the streets than either New York or L.A.”
Mr. Emanuel has tried to tamp down violence in Chicago since taking office in 2011, pushing for tougher rules for gun retailers and stronger federal laws on firearms. Chicago’s rate of gun-related violence is three times that of New York.
The proposal blamed states with weaker gun laws for most of the illegal guns in Chicago, saying that from 2009 to 2013, 60 percent of the guns used to commit crimes in the city were originally bought out of state, mainly in Indiana, Mississippi and Wisconsin.
But it also pointed out that three of the top four sources for guns recovered in Chicago were gun dealers in Illinois cities within a short drive of Chicago.
“Chicago’s violence problem is largely a gun problem,” the proposal said. “Every year, Chicago police officers take thousands of illegal guns off the street. But, despite these efforts, it remains far too easy for criminals to get their hands on deadly weapons.”
Counties surrounding Chicago aren't much more lenient in gun sales than the city itself so Emanuel is blowing smoke. Federal law prohibits criminals from purchasing guns so it's hard to see how videotaping legal gun sales is going to deter the bad guys from buying weapons.
The new law will be aimed directly at legal gun purchasers who are invariably law abiding citizens. Only in the moronic worldview of a gun grabber like Emanuel would anyone believe they were combatting violent crime by videotaping gun sales or limiting the number of guns a citizen can buy in a month.
It won't work. It hasn't worked. It will never work. Every restriction on Second Amendment rights that authorities say is aimed at criminals actually targets legal gun buyers. If that isn't clear enough to Emanuel by now, it never will be.