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New information suggests that Mayor Bloomberg and his personally-funded Mayors Against Illegal Guns national gun control organization have teamed up with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and are indeed the people behind the new proposal in Illinois to slap anyone with a gun with a 3-year mandatory minimum prison sentence. Under this new proposal, people like Scotty Pippen and State Senator Donnie Trotter, both caught in recent years carrying firearms for personal defense, would be sent to the Illinois Department of Corrections for three years, minimum, to serve their sentences. This is in a state where nearly a third of gang-bangers in Chicago get as little as three or four months of “boot camp” for carrying a gun as a felon – and two even got probation – after Quinn signed a law in December 2009  mandating three to eight years in prison for gang bangers with guns . . .

Chicago politicians have raised concerns that the new law is nothing but a proposal to lock up more “black and brown” people. This is potentially the end result, and it would be in the case of Pippen, Trotter and the 17-year-old college prep student Darnall Hamilton recently arrested for carrying a gun to school to defend himself against violent gang-bangers none to pleased by his refusal to join their gangs. Hamilton was a straight-A student on track to go to a four-year college.  He had zero disciplinary problems in his school career.  And now Bloomberg’s minions want to throw him in prison for three years and ruin a promising young man’s life.

We’re not just concerned about black and brown people, but for all law-abiding individuals who may be caught up in Bloomberg’s new dragnet. Take Edward Hambrick, a man from South Dakota working in Chicago. Hambrick had a FOID card and a South Dakota carry permit when he informed an officer that he was carrying during a traffic stop as a courtesy. He was arrested and spent fourteen months in Cook County jail, refusing to take a felony plea-bargain.

He has since been released after a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Aguilar that Illinois’ prohibition on firearm possession outside the four-corners of your home was unconstitutional. The Emanuel/Bloomberg proposal, though, would see Mr. Hambrick, and people like him, imprisoned for three years, minimum. Oh yeah, Mr. Hambrick is black too, not that it matters.

The nanny-state Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a direct tie to the Emanuel administration in Chicago and to add insult to injury, she’s paid for by our tax dollars – $150,000 per year! Janey Rountree was Mayor Bloomberg’s Firearms Policy Coordinator before sliding over to work for the Emanuel administration as Rahm’s Deputy Chief of Public Safety. She was also Bloomberg’s Coalition Coordinator at Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

And we’re paying her $150,000 a year for her advocacy work against our Second Amendment rights.

Let’s not forget that Mayor Rahm brought in Garry McCarthy as his new police chief. Yes, the inept, hard-drinking Garry McCarthy was a top official in the NYPD. Of course, he had a scandal or two in his day, but who doesn’t shoot out street lights while drunk and shouting racial epithets at nearby residents when they come out to see what’s going on? Or get arrested while acting like a jerk to police officers issuing his daughter a ticket in an adjacent state?

Don’t take our word for it regarding the Emanuel/Bloomberg connection. Earlier this year, Michael Sneed at the Sun-Times wrapped it up and put a nice bow on it for us:

Cop shop III . . .

Bang! Bang!

New York/New York . . . Sneed hears Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, the bulldog from the Bronx, will now be dealing with another New Yawker hired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as his new liaison with the Chicago Police Department: Janey Rountree, the gun-control point person for New York MayorMichael Bloomberg, is Rahm’s new deputy chief of staff.

Even before she came to Chicago, Rountree was working for Bloomberg, meddling advocating in other states.

(RedState) – In 2011, “Firearms Policy Coordinator” Janey Rountree worked from Mayor Bloomberg’s office to help a MAIG employee in the Columbus, Ohio mayor’s office with a campaign to block a bill expanding Ohioans’ concealed carry rights.

It doesn’t stop there. Illinois’ “3-year mandatory minimum” proposal, embodied in HB2265 / SB1342 is modeled on New York State’s Draconian law mandating 3 1/2 years in prison for unlawfully carrying a handgun. This is the law that saw NFL star Plaxico Burress sent to prison for 2 1/2 years for carrying a handgun in the Big Apple. Burress was not a bad boy playing in the NFL. He had a Florida carry permit that had recently expired at the time of his arrest for carrying a gun for self-defense in New York City.

Of course Bloomberg publicly insisted Burress be prosecuted to the fullest extent because anything less would be a “mockery of the law.” In short, this new proposal from Senator Zalewski has Bloomberg’s fingerprints all over it.

Bloomberg, having been told by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to stay out of that state (as Bloomberg’s interference has cost Hickenlooper two Democrat senators their seats through recall elections and a third Democrat senator is now facing recall), has apparently decided to set his sights on Illinois. And this isn’t the first time. He spent roughly two million dollars to elect Robyn Kelly earlier this year.

It would seem he’s back. There’s more we’re working on a mountain of additional documents and information we’re sorting through. Stay tuned.

John Boch is president of Guns Save Life where this story originally appeared. A version of this post originally appeared at

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  1. “And we’re paying her $150,000 a year for her advocacy work against our Second Amendment rights.”

    This is interesting…perhaps a 2A friendly legislator could present a bill that forbids any tax dollars used to restrict citizens 2A rights.

  2. I would like to see Bloomer in Leavenworth for about 30 years cracking rock in the sun 10 hrs a day 7 days a week. It would be on grounds of civil rights violations, election tampering, etc.

  3. /sarc/ So the lesson here is if you want to carry a firearms in Chicago and virtually get away with it, be a gang banger, the IL justice system will bend over backwards to go easy on you. /sarc/

    • The police state has no use for law-abiding citizens. What the police state needs is CRIMINALS, and lots of ’em… the more crime, the more law-abiding citizens will beg for police state clampdowns on more law-abiding citizens.

      And they never figure it out.

      • No, the reason they want more criminals is that crime is the preferred method of social control. Crime causes poverty, destroys families, reduces economic activity and creates welfare dependent class that does not get police protection. When the Prez talked about a domestic security force as strong as the military he was thinking about Black “P” Stone Rangers not the cops.

        Why do you think Progressives are against stand your ground laws? If people can stand up to Trayvon they will start thinking for themselves and figure out that the Dems aren’t out to help them. They are out to enslave them.

        • ” If people can stand up to Trayvon they will start thinking for themselves and figure out that the Dems aren’t out to help them. They are out to enslave them.”

          I highly doubt that around 70% of the population will ever make that connection. Most feel they need this imposed structure via chaos, the rest are just apathetic. People are inherently lazy. If they can get by in reasonable (by their standards) comfort, they will willfully ignore the cage around them.

  4. As I was reading the first paragraph of this article, something incredibly profound occurred to me. I can now explain in one simple, succinct sentence why gun control will never, ever work, no matter what the civilian disarmament proponents do:

    No one cares if prison is the trade-off for carrying a firearm and saving your life.

    If a man’s choice is to die at the hands of an attacker or spend three years in prison, that man will choose prison every time without any hesitation. If a woman is facing a brutal rape or violent death versus prison, she will choose prison every time. More importantly, there is a pretty good chance that a man or woman will never be caught with a concealed firearm and never face prison time anyway.

    • This is exactly the thought process of most of my friends; we have a friend who is a felon who carries concealed 24×7 regardless of the law for just this reason. We live in IL and don’t have concealed carry yet and he has been carrying daily for 10+ years.

  5. What ever became of the FOIA request the Second Amendment Foundation did on MAIG when it was discovered that MAIG website was on city owned servers?

    • The Mayor’s Office (to whom the request was directed) avoided, deferred, obfuscated, and was recently sued in federal district court in NY for an order compelling production.

  6. Kapo bloomberg and his money will continue to show up,even in gun friendly states, because he knows this is a national issue and not just a local one.

  7. The way to fight this one is to hoist the gun grabbers on their petard by screaming racism. We all know that this law will be enforced against law abiding people of color and not whites.

  8. “Chicago politicians have raised concerns that the new law is nothing but a proposal to lock up more “black and brown” people.”

    Pffff. With bangers being released after a few months? Doubtful. Now if you were a white, middle-class, upstanding citizen with a valid CHL from another state and you were simply ignorant of the law when you visited… that’s another story. You are an evil person who will serve EVERY SECOND of your three year sentence.

    The spirit of these laws is intended only to restrict and entrap those who would otherwise be law abiding. Democrats couldn’t give two shits about bangers killing bangers. The only value that minorities have to democrats is their votes; votes purchased with our great grandchildrens’ money. These laws exist because lawfully owning and bearing a gun is a sign that that person departs from their ideological rules. Period.

  9. So all I have to do is slip a gun into the politicians car or brief case then call the cops, and watch them get locked up for three years?

    • Yea that’s about the long short of it but good luck getting past their armed private security detail.

  10. You don’t need to strike out the “meddling” part, that’s all these liberal socialists know how to do. These pompous, political princeling’s have proclaimed themselves our betters. They’re nearly singular of mind on this point. No doubt these pious overlords of social trending are bucking for benevolent oligarch status. “We will answer all the big questions, just as long as you little dung beetles are sufficiently grateful for our resplendent presence.” This is just more perverse, crony government philanthropy of the Left at work.

  11. Bloomy is just a meddling little putz who someday will be put in his place.
    His little finger is in every ones pie he can put it in.

  12. If I spent three years in prison on such a bum rap, I would pull a terminator when I got out. There would be a lot of dead pigs. Simple as that.

  13. That picture of Bloomy just creeps me out, “the man who would be king”. And I’m one that generally tries to see the good in people…
    Funny what your reputation can do to how people perceive you.

  14. Mandatory minimum sentencing? What is this, the new war on drugs? Because that has worked out brilliantly…

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