“The horrific mass shooting in Orlando was the deadliest in our nation’s history. In response, this week Democrats in both the House and the Senate said ENOUGH, and demanded action to stem the rising tide of gun violence in our country,” Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and State Representative Robin Kelly write over at huffingtonpost.com. Illusory rising tide aside, the pols penned their anti-gun agitprop to help Americans see the Orlando spree killing in its proper perspective. Well, their perspective. Like this:
What happened in Orlando on Sunday was shocking, and our hearts are broken for the victims and their loved ones. And while the scale of these mass shootings captures the nation’s attention, the carnage caused by guns on the streets of Chicago every day is no less tragic. More than 280 people have been killed in this great city since the first of the year. Thousands more are living under siege in neighborhoods where they fear sitting on their front porches or letting their kids out to play because of the threat of gun violence.
No one in the United States of America should ever have to live this way.
True! No one should have to live in fear of “gun violence”! The best way not to be a victim is to shoot back. No really. Tool-up against the bad guys and stop the threat. This is my gay club. This is my front porch. Those are my kids. Mess with them and you answer to me. And I mean, right now.
That said, the “more guns” solution is better suited to gay clubs than Chicago ‘hoods. Gang bangers shooting gang bangers is “gun violence” problem number one in The Windy City. I don’t suppose gun-carrying porch sitters are going to stop stray gangland gunfire. If Durbin and Kelly have their way we’ll never know.
Establishing universal background checks and closing this terrorist gun loophole will help keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons, the mentally unstable and individuals with ties to terrorism. This should be done now as a matter of national security and public safety. This is a starting point. We know that much more must be done to keep guns out of dangerous hands, and that the appalling gun violence in Orlando and here in Chicago is the consequence of inaction.
The pursuit of gun reform is personal for us. And we won’t stop — not until all Americans everywhere can live free from the threat of gun violence.
Is that a threat or a promise? Yes. It’s a threat to disarm all law-abiding Americans and a promise to create government tyranny for your own damn good. You have been warned.