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Top Chicago Cop Says Gun Lobbyists Are Corrupt

From Fox News:

Chicago’s top cop likens gun lobby’s influence to corruption

Published February 18, 2013

Facing a surging homicide rate and several headline-grabbing murders, Chicago’s top cop is taking aim at lobbyists who he says prevent politicians from implementing more gun control measures.

Even though Chicago already has an assault weapons ban and some of the most stringent gun control laws in the country.

Appearing on a local Windy City Sunday morning talk show on the radio station WLSAM, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said special interests that lobby politicians to influence their opinion on gun control are the real problem.

So this government official wants to do away with both the First and the Second Amendment.

“If there was a special interest influencing police work, I believe that would be called corruption,” McCarthy said. “So, if it has to do with donating money, versus a popular vote, I think we have a bigger problem in this country and someone has to wake up to that.”

Isn’t Superintendent McCarthy in the local policemen’s union? Don’t they donate money to political candidates and lobby? (And, for the record, isn’t it one of the unions that is bankrupting Chicago with their outrageous salaries, benefits and pensions?)

Gun rights advocates seized on the comments, saying that McCarthy was blaming the city’s gun violence on donors and lobbyists who advocate for the Second Amendment.

“Garry McCarthy’s understanding of our Constitution barely qualifies him as a meter maid, never mind the chief of the nation’s third largest police department,” Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said…

According to the Illinois State Rifle Association, McCarthy also claimed the Second Amendment limits citizens to owning smooth-bore muskets. And he also went on to say he believes the Second Amendment supports mandatory liability insurance for firearm owners and the mandatory application of GPS tracking devices to civilian owned firearms.

McCarthy told FoxNews.com he never advocated “getting rid of the Second Amendment.”

He just wants to ‘infringe’ it a little.

He said he was making the point that there is popular support for new gun control laws and that lobbyists are stopping elected officials from reflecting the will of the people.

“How is it [special interests] are controlling politicians?” he said. “How are they controlling elected officials? It’s not by popular vote.”

McCarthy in the past has blamed “government-sponsored racism” and Sarah Palin for Chicago’s gun violence

Why not. Who is going to call him on it?

He has been outspoken in his opposition to handgun proliferation, telling a radio panel last month he equates fewer guns with improved public safety.

“When people say concealed carry, I say Trayvon Martin,” McCarthy said, referring to the Florida teen who was shot and killed last February by a neighborhood watch volunteer, sparking controversy across the country. “I say Trayvon Martin because the answer to guns is not more guns, and just simply putting guns in people’s hands is going to lead to more tragedy.” …

We’re not sure how this helps his argument. Would George Zimmerman be alive today if he had not had a gun?

Meanwhile, these local gun control zealots aren’t just talking. They are shredding the Second Amendment with their own bare hands.

From the Washington Examiner:

Prince George’s County slams brakes on gun shows

By Matt Connolly | February 16, 2013

Prince George’s County has put a stop to any gun shows for the foreseeable future, citing uncertainty over state and federal weapons laws.

There is no "uncertainty." Selling guns at guns shows is still perfectly legal.

Silverado Gun Show owner Frank Krasner found out about the decision while he was planning a show at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. In the middle of a contract dispute, he said, county Director of Parks and Recreation Ronnie Gathers sent him a letter canceling the event, which would have been held this weekend.

The letter mentioned the recent mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., calling the decision a "temporary moratorium." …

And never mind that the weapons used at Newtown were all purchased in stores. Not at gun shows.

Officials at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the organization responsible for managing parks and land use issues in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, passed down the decision, called the ban a security measure. Until it’s clear what new regulations may appear, they said, the county should hold off.

"We’re waiting to see what the state and federal government decides with regard to gun shows," facility director Roslyn Johnson said. "We thought it was the right time for us to step back." …

If it is perfectly legal to sell guns, how can any government prohibit the sale of them? Especially, given the Second Amendment.

And what will they decide to ban next?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Top Chicago Cop Says Gun Lobbyists Are Corrupt”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Top Chicago Cop Says Gun Lobbyists Are Corrupt


    • untrainable says:

      Come on GBJack. Who would, on sight, know corruption better than a Chicago cop? I’m sure Garry McCarthy has more hands on experience with corruption than most of us regular Joes will have in our collective lifetimes. We shouldn’t laugh at… Hahahah. HAHAHAHAH BWA-HAHAHAHAH.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Hahahahah (gasp) oh my sides.

      You and me, let’s go get a beer ….

    • captstubby says:

      come on people,
      Steve put a lot and time and,
      ha ha…hahaha,hahahahah

  2. Helena says:

    Chicago gun crimes are Sarah Palin’s fault? How many Chicago gang members do you suppose have ever heard of Sarah Palin?

  3. Petronius says:

    In the Roman Empire, the inhabitants of the provinces were forbidden to carry arms. The weapons-ban applied to citizen, provincial, and slave alike.

    Over the course of centuries this Roman law produced a civilian population unaccustomed to the use of weapons, conditions that rendered the once warlike provinces –– Britain, Gaul, Hispania, Pannonia –– vulnerable to the 4th and 5th century barbarian invasions.

    Chicago also has a weapons ban, and in Chicago only the barbarians have guns.

    Curious how history repeats itself.

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