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Chicago Mayor Daley Aims To Get Even With Otis McDonald For The Chicago Gun Ban Case

Posted in Government and Politics, Gun Rights, Guns by TeeJaw on Sunday, July 4, 2010, 1: 22 AM

Chicago Mayor Bugsy Daley says he will ask the City Council to pass severe restrictions on gun ownership in Chicago in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McDonald v. Chicago making the Second Amendment applicable to the states, and thereby rendering Chicago’s complete ban on guns unconstitutional.

This story from The New York Times says:

With the city’s gun ban certain to be overturned, Mayor Richard Daley on Thursday introduced what city officials say is the strictest handgun ordinance in the United States.

The measure, which draws from ordinances around the country, would ban gun shops in Chicago and prohibit gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or garages, with a handgun.

Daley announced his ordinance at a park on the city’s South Side three days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live. The City Council is expected to vote on it Friday.

”As long as I’m mayor, we will never give up or give in to gun violence that continues to threaten every part of our nation, including Chicago,” said Daley, who was flanked by activists, city officials and the parents of a teenager whose son was shot and killed on a city bus while shielding a friend.

The ordinance, which Daley urged the City Council to pass, would also :

— Limit the number of handguns residents can register to one per month and prohibit residents from having more than one handgun in operating order at any given time.

— Require residents in homes with children to keep them in lock boxes or equipped with trigger locks.

— Require prospective gun owners to take a four-hour class and one-hour training at a gun range. They would have to leave the city for training because Chicago prohibits new gun ranges and limits the use of existing ranges to police officers. Those restrictions were similar to those in an ordinance passed in Washington, D.C., after the high court struck down its ban two years ago.

— Prohibit people from owning a gun if they were convicted of a violent crime, domestic violence or two or more convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Residents convicted of a gun offense would have to register with the police department.

— Calls for the police department to maintain a registry of every handgun owner in the city, with the names and addresses to be made available to police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders.

Bugsy’s reaction to McDonald reminds me of how the South responded to losing the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. The South simply re-instituted slavery in a new form with Black Codes, Jim Crow laws and segregation. When the North grew weary of Reconstruction North and South shook hands on the Compromise of 1877 which installed Rutherford B. Hayes as president even though Samuel Tilden had actually won the election. The deal was that Hayes would remove all federal troops from the South, and essentially leave the South free to deal with its Black population as it saw fit. For the next 87 years, until 1964, the South did just that.

Bugsy must hope for a similar deal. The expansion of firearm freedom in the last twenty years has led to all sorts of silly little restrictions on gun owners by the sore losers of the debate. Mayor Bugsy will try to re-institute the gun ban in the form of draconian regulations so most Chicagoans won’t want to put up with the hassle of buying and owning a gun. I think he’ll be surprised by the reaction he’s going to get, even from the long-abused and stockholm-syndromed residents of Chicago.

The post civil war South was controlled by Democrats and Chicago is controlled by Democrats. It was predictable that Bugsy, true to form, would do what Democrat politicians do when they don’t like some law or principle or policy. They subvert it, usurp it, and when possible, ignore it. All the while using victims of other criminals as props to demonize their own victims.

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