(By NEIL STEINBERG March 8, 2014)
As the state of Illinois sent out its first 5,000 concealed-carry permits, ... (Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy) noted: “Stand by and watch what happens. The answer to gun violence is not more guns.”It's interesting that Chicago Liberal Media wonks are howling over the Supreme Court's decision that the Second Amendment applies to Chicago, also.
We don’t get a lot of “stand by and watch what happens” in politics. We are so hot to debate, to argue, to predict, to shout down the other guy — especially on guns, where arm-everybody proponents have adopted an all-or-nothing, cover-our-ears-and-howl approach that forbids even thinking about the issue — we forget there are facts under all this, a verifiable reality just waiting for us to notice, or, more likely, to not notice.
What are those facts? Well, some — and I know this will jar the “All libs hate guns and want them confiscated” mindset — support liberal gun rights. There are 300 million guns in this country, and if the vast majority weren’t being handled safely, the carnage would be far worse than it already is.
Read the whole article. It's obvious that this writer has moral objections to the "imposition" of the Second Amendment to Chicago citizenry, on the grounds that allowing law-abiding citizens will contribute to Chicago's dubious distinction as one of the "Murder Capitals" of the world.
(Athough he does not identify those people now "allowed" --- reluctantly -- to carry firearms as "Law Abiding")
Did he mention that there are two "gun stores" within the county .. none within the city? And that up to this point, every firearm in the city is illegally owned? Not according to the Supreme Court, though, and Chicago is dragging its heels every step of the way.
Or did he notice that Chicago has one of the highest (if not the highest, on any given day) murder rates in the country?
"There are 300 million guns in this country, and if the vast majority weren’t being handled safely, the carnage would be far worse than it already is."And who owns these guns? In Chicago, almost nobody, legally. It's the gang-bangers, Mister Steinberg, who are armed. You know, the young men who use violence to protect their drug-selling "turf". They have no sense of civic responsibility. They aren't trying to protect their homes and their families .. they're protecting their "turf" and their (illegal) business .. which is selling drugs.
You remember "drugs", don't you Mr. Steinberg? Drugs are the substances which are legally defined as "illegal" because they systematically convert 'citizens' to 'users': people who are eventually so degraded that they are willing to commit any crime to acquire more drugs. Small larcenies are committed by drug users in furtherance of their habit: Theft, mugging, robbery, home invasion ... murder. You know, the things which are apparently not (in your eye) as EVIL as possession of a tool which will provide you the means to protect you and your family from theft, mugging, robbery, home invasion, murder.
God, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Sun-Times will not protect you. The Sun-Times merely hoots against Civil Rights (again, the 2nd Amendment?); the Chicago Please Department only solves crimes (sometimes) .. they are not legally required to PREVENT crimes.
And God? You know the old saying:
But you don't want your neighbor to help himself (and possibly, yourself) because you are too fearful that your neighbor is not sufficiently well-trained to responsibly own and carry a firearm.
Do you trust your neighborhood gang-banger to be well-trained to responsibly own and carry a firearm?
I don't think so; yet, he has a gun, and you do not. Does that give you a warm and fuzzy feeling? Do you honestly feel more secure, more safe, knowing that if the bullets start flying, there is nobody who have the ability to stop them? The police can't be everywhere; "when seconds count, the police are just minutes away".
I ask you, truly, are you more confident of the civic pride of the drug seller on YOUR corner than you are of your neighbor? When erratic Chicago gangsters shoot up your city parks on a regular basis, do you take your children there to picnic on a sunny day? NO, you probably do not. You sit in your apartment and write against "Gun Violence", and in doing so you campaign against the only measure which has a chance of getting rid of the violence.
Gun Violence isn't about guns; it's about violence. If you won't protect your family, at least have the decency to not stop others from protecting their families.
Chicago is just one Gun Free Zone. The only ones who have guns are those who can be least trusted with them ... the Violent Men.