Saturday, February 2, 2013

About Those Strict Gun Laws in Rahmaland

Even NyTi sees the obvious:
Not a single gun shop can be found in this city because they are outlawed. Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that was going too far, leading city leaders to settle for restrictions some describe as the closest they could get legally to a ban without a ban. Despite a continuing legal fight, Illinois remains the only state in the nation with no provision to let private citizens carry guns in public.

And yet Chicago, a city with no civilian gun ranges and bans on both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, finds itself laboring to stem a flood of gun violence that contributed to more than 500 homicides last year and at least 40 killings already in 2013, including a fatal shooting of a 15-year-old girl on Tuesday.[...]

In Chicago, the rules for owning a handgun — rewritten after the outright ban was deemed too restrictive in 2010 — sound arduous. Owners must seek a Chicago firearms permit, which requires firearms training, a background check and a state-mandated firearm owner’s identification card, which requires a different background review for felonies and mental illness. To prevent straw buyers from selling or giving their weapons to people who would not meet the restrictions — girlfriends buying guns for gang members is a common problem, the police here say — the city requires permitted gun owners to report their weapons lost, sold or stolen.

Still, for all the regulations, the reality here looks different. Some 7,640 people currently hold a firearms permit, but nearly that many illicit weapons were confiscated from the city’s streets during last year alone.


  1. Yes sir, its always someone elses fault in Rhamalanad, suburban and downstate Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Etc. None of whom seem to have the issues with guns that Chicago and Cook county seem to have.

  2. I live in Chicago, this is such a joke. The criminals boast about an "Open Door" break in policy. I employ an Ex Con who says it is a common discussion in the jails. He says the newly convicted often share information on easy pickings for the soon to be released.

    Raham thinks he is Stalin!

  3. I think it bears repeating on every thread about gun laws, especially when Chicago is mentioned.

    Chicago had over 400 school age kids shot last year. Chicago also had over 500 deaths from firearms last year, despite decades of banning guns outright and now in the last two years since the Supreme Court struck down the ban via extreme regulation that accomplishes the same thing. In comparison, the entire nation in 2011 had 323 deaths via every form of rifle, and that includes justified shootings by citizens and law enforcement. Yet the answer seems to be in banning rifles?

  4. Pointing to Chicago as a case-in-point where gun laws do not prevent gun violence relies on people having common sense to see the obvious. Unfortunately, common sense is in increasingly short supply at all levels of our society, public and private.