Monday, February 18, 2013

More gun control BS

On one side, the Chicago Police Superintendent is attacking the Second Amendment.

Chicago top cop says pro-Second Amendment pols hurt public safety

Facing a surging homicide rate and several headline-grabbing murders, Chicago’s top cop is taking aim at the Second Amendment, according to critics.
Appearing on a local Windy City Sunday morning talk show, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said gun owners who lobby politicians or donate money to pro-gun rights political campaigns are engaged in corruption that endangers public safety.
McCarthy, whose city – despite having some of the toughest gun laws in the nation - saw more than 500 homicides last year for the first time since 2008, also said the Second Amendment limits citizens to owning smooth-bore muskets.
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Police Superintendent McCarthy should probably consider the fact that despite his city's oppressive stance on guns it has a horrendously high murder rate (15.9 per hundred thousand) - unless compared to Detroit (48.2 per hundred thousand) , another city that lives under incredibly strict gun control. Compare Phoenix, a city with a population greater than Detroit's, but less than Chicago's, and with a murder rate of 7.9 per hundred thousand. If one really looks at the statistics, all that one really learns is that gun control is at best ineffective. All it really does is force law abiding citizens to be either disarmed or inadequately armed. 

On the other side, we have states acting to keep the federal government out of local gun markets.

Push to keep feds out of state gun markets gains momentum

States across the country are trying to protect gun ownership from the long arm of Washington by proposing bills declaring that firearms made and kept within their borders are not subject to federal restrictions.
I don't know how well it'll end up working, but bravo for them! At least someone is trying to protect firearms rights.