Chicago Mayor Daley Threatens Gunmakers with World Court. Wait. What?

You do know, of course, that there is such a thing as the World Court, right? OK, sure, if you want to pedantic (and who wouldn’t), there isn’t “a” world court. There are three, count ‘em three, world courts, all located in Den Hague (the United Nations’ judicial capital in Denmark, not President Gerald R. Ford’s “I am in control” chief-of-staff). So when The Chicago Sun Times reports that Mayor Richard Daley told the press that he wants to press his case against U.S. gunmakers (for the crime of making guns) at the World Court, he could mean the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court or the Permanent Court of Arbitration. You didn’t click on any of those links did you? I mean, this dog won’t hunt. It didn’t hunt in America, the Land of the Lawsuit and the Home of the Ambulance Chaser. What chance does Dick’s [theoretical] legal action against gunmakers have with the U.N., a body that can’t even agree on sanctions to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb? Obviously, it’s a gesture. A sop. Posturing. Political theater. Meaningless nonsense. Or, as we at TTAG like to call it, utter horseshit. And lots of it.

“This is coming from international mayors, Daley said, speaking as a professional ventriloquist as his very own Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum. “They’re saying, ‘We’re tired of your guns, America. … We don’t want those anymore because guns kill and injure people.”

And that’s why these foreign politicians don’t accept American guns into their countries, and do everything in their power to stop their home-grown gunmakers from exporting arms to America. And why Daley and his friends upstate are working so hard to kick the gunmakers—and all their dirty rotten stinking jobs and lousy tax money—out of Illinois.

“If we ship over poison to a country, don’t you think we should be responsible for it? That’s what they’re saying: ‘Be responsible for what you manufacture and sell in my country.’”

To quote Hannah Montana (twice in one day), who said, who said?

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard Casauban noted that the Mexican government is waging a brutal war against drug cartels that get “85 percent” of their weapons from the United States.

“The U.S. government says, ‘We cannot do a lot of things to stop this,’” Casauban said. “We should take actions with legal effects in order to stop this trade between the United States and Mexico.”

You mean the gun trade, right? Hey, you want stupid? You gotta shop domestic for the good stuff. Mayor?

People are being killed every day in the United States of America with illegal weapons. I love the 2nd Ammendment. [But], I have a 1st Ammendment right not to be shot.”

Not that is what I call a true WTF gun control moment. Just for S&Gs, let’s review the First Amendment, shall we?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

That gives Mayor Daley a right not to be shot? I’m no constitutional scholar, but I’m so not feeling it. Lest we forget, this is the same Mayor Daley who has taxpayer-funded bodyguards protecting him 24/7. You know, men with guns?

Anyway, the Supreme Court whacked Hizzoner’s metaphorical pee-pee back in ’04 when they dismissed the city’s tobacco company-style lawsuit against gun manufacturers. They’ll whack it again this summer in the McDonald case (which questions Chicago’s handgun ban).

Will the World Court be Daley’s salvation? Sure, right after they do that Iranian thing I mentioned above.

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One Response to Chicago Mayor Daley Threatens Gunmakers with World Court. Wait. What?

  1. avatarMartin Albright says:

    The “world court” has about as much authority in the US as the Food Court.

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