The gun rights community is sickened, I say, I say, sickened I say by reports that ex-Chicago Mayor Richard “No Guns for You” Daley has requested armed bodyguards into retirement, at the taxpayers’ expense. “Richard Daley is living proof of liberal anti-gun arrogance,” Second Amendment Foundation jefe Alan Gottlieb thundered. “This man has devoted himself to disarming law-abiding citizens, leaving them to the mercy of inner city thugs who habitually disobey Chicago’s gun laws. If he truly believed that guns are bad, then he would drop his request and take his chances with 911 like all of the people whose rights he has trampled.” I disagree. Daley should be given a quartet of armed bodyguards from now until the day he dies. Two words: Jack Lord . . .
Jack Lord was the actor who played Steve McGarrett in the original pre-abs are fab version of Hawaii Five-O. During the last two seasons, Lord thought he was McGarrett.
Rather than disabuse him of that notion and risk millions in advertising revenue, the network assigned men to cater to Lord’s delusion. They treated him like McGarrett and ran interference against any real world cognitive dissonance. Needless to say, this accelerated Lord’s mental illness.
Rather than forcing Richard Daley to confront reality—the fact that he’s no longer the beleaguered Boss Hawg of Chicago, a citizen without the right to armed self-defense living in a city whose level of violent crime reflects his antipathy to the Second Amendment—we should cater to Daley’s delusions of grandeur.
If Daley has two or three or more armed bodyguards with him 24/7, he’ll eventually descend into madness. All the trappings of power without any real power? It’ll be like Sunset Boulevard, with his bodyguards playing the part of Max the butler. I can hear it now: “I am big. It’s the politics that got small.”