Chicago Mayor Richard Daley today semi-retracted his offer to shove a gun up a reporter’s anus and squeeze off a round to prove that it’s OK to subvert the the U.S. Supreme Court, should it rule to strike down the city’s handgun ban. When a reporter asked Hizzoner if he regretted threatening the highest court in the land and a lowly reporter, Daley’s contrition was as genuine as it was terse. “Right, yeah,” Daley said. To which he eventually added, “I’m not going to sing the song ‘I’m Sorry’ now, but sure, you can write it. But I hope I shocked you that you can now write about the gun manufacturers.” Well, no, actually. After watching the national media pick up the story, The Chicago Trib was like a dog with a bone . . .
“We have to rouse the American public,” Daley prevaricated. “Maybe I shocked everybody, and maybe you realize it now, how guns kill and destroy and injure people on a daily basis,” he said. “It’s something you can’t laugh at.”
The awkward situation led to more odd back-and-forth today.
“It was a gun with a bayonet,” Daley said, referring to the weapon he picked up Thursday. “Just think, a gun with a bayonet. What is a bayonet used for?”
When it was suggested bayonets are not for sticking in butts, Daley replied, “Well, you stick it anyplace. It’s a bayonet, so let’s not make trivia about this.”