Yeah, for those with half a brain, it doesn’t make any sense. In a city with the crime problem that Chicago has, where handguns are used in about 90% of all gun-related crimes, stricter controls over handguns would be the logical anti-gunner response. But, as Reuters reports, the rulers of the fiefdom of Chicago have decided instead to institute even more draconian regulations on scary looking “assault rifles” ahead of the impending end of “home rule” gun laws and the new concealed carry legislation . . .
After the override of Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of concealed carry legislation, cities in Illinois were given 10 days to enact gun control measures in order for them to be grandfathered in when the new law takes control, and Chicago squeaked their new restrictions in right under the wire.
The Chicago city council voted unanimously on Wednesday to toughen its existing ban on assault weapons by adding more types of guns to the banned list and imposing stiffer fines for violations of the law.
Because of the large number of criminals using “assault weapons” that didn’t already meet the definitions of the city’s “assault weapons” ban? I tend to think that it’s more about banning things that look scary than actually responding to crimes happening in the city.
I seriously can’t wait until the courts have a crack at whether an AR-15 qualifies as a “commonly owned” firearm under Heller.
Emanuel said the tougher laws would improve public safety, but others questioned whether the laws will be effective.
“No legislation, no matter how strict, will keep weapons out of the wrong hands. We all know that,” said Chicago City Councilman Robert Fioretti, who voted for the gun ban.
Wait. So, they know that the laws will do nothing to stop crime… and yet they enact them anyway? Are they familiar with the definition of insanity?
I’ve had this same argument with some of the leaders of the Democratic party in upstate New York. And what it boils down to is that they don’t understand that criminals don’t follow the law. They think that adding one more piece of paper to the pile will suddenly make the world a better place, without any more enforcement required. That criminals will suddenly start following the law out of the goodness of their hearts. “Do you really think that a piece of paper is going to protect your kids?” They had no answer.
The new laws also would increase punishment for possession of weapons, such as knives, near schools.
I wonder what will happen when the school cafeteria needs to slice a tomato . . .