In the video above, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy tells the interviewer that he and some of his big city LEO BFFs put their heads together and came up with two reasons for the recent uptick in “gun violence” in urban areas. “Repeat offenders, right? And lazy laws that are not keeping repeat offenders from being out on the street to commit more violent crime.” Why that’s exactly what the NRA has been saying for what, five decades? Not surprisingly, McCarthy tips his hat to gun control, but then stays on-message about the importance of locking up the bad guys. Like this . . .
Some people think that everybody needs more guns all the time . . . Um, I endorse the Second Amendment but this is about illegal guns and how those get into criminals’ hands and kill people. And at the end of the day we have an obligation as leadership and policing to do something about it. And we can’t just say that more guns is the answer because we’re seizing more guns than anybody else in the country and it’s not going to change the gun violence on the streets until something else changes both legislatively and within the entirety of the criminal justice system.
I wonder what Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel would make of that. Nothing, probably. Obviously?