“We have to pass stronger gun laws in this state,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told U.S. News after another bloody week in the City of Big Shoulders (and even bigger body counts). “We’re not talking about repealing conceal/carry, but making sure we have a tougher set of laws dealing with assault weapons and other types of guns.” Well of course you are. Something must be done! Last weekend’s tally: nine dead, 37 wounded removes any doubt! And what better way to tackle the problem of gang-banger-on-gang-banger shootings than banning assault weapons ‘n stuff, leaving untouched Prairie staters’ right to carry a concealed weapon to protect themselves from the ballistic mayhem. Wait, what? Isn’t Chicago . . .
in Illinois (despite the fervent wishes of so many downstaters)? As far as I know the Land of Lincoln remains the only state of the fifty-seven [sic] without at least some form of concealed carry.
I guess when you have the toughest, strictest and mostest gun rights-abrogating firearms laws in the country, no one can keep track of ’em all, least of all the man in charge. No wonder it’s safer in Aleppo than it is in Avalon Park these days.
You have to wonder if, late at night when they’re all alone in city hall, feet kicked up, quaffing a couple of cold ones and shooting the shit after yet another bloody day on the city’s streets, could the Godfather and Commish McCarthy do the unthinkable? Something that they’d never dare speak of in public?
Is it even possible that they at least consider the latest embarrassingly high body count means that the current compliment of copious common sense gun laws already on the books has long since passed the point of diminishing returns?
That when the Mayor himself has no idea that it’s not legal to pack heat in his city, it may be time to stop swimming upstream and allow his battle fatigued citizens to, you know, protect themselves?
Nah. That’s just kooky talk best left to “gun rights extremists.”