Last month, I published a piece about a group of Chicago lawmakers that had passed a measure to ban handguns.
In it, I wrote. . .
Former White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel made the following statement regarding gun laws last week:'There is a need for common-sense laws that provide the residents of our cities with the safety they deserve.'
Emanuel's idea of “common-sense” laws: a complete ban on the possession, delivery, sale and transfer of semiautomatic rifles and handguns.
This is the measure that was recently approved by the Illinois Public Health Committee — and if it becomes law, it will restrict about 75% of handguns and 50% of long guns in circulation today.
And what of the criminals who almost always use unregistered firearms purchased on the streets?
Well, obviously they wouldn't be complying with the law.
My friends, this is a point I keep hammering home.
No matter how many laws you put in place that restrict the rights of lawful gun owners, criminals will always have easy, unregulated access to firearms. And this is why our focus should not be on more regulation, but rather on the criminals that are responsible for murdering thousands of Americans every year.
And the only way to do that is to be honest about what the real problem is and how we can fix it.
How to Breed Violence
If we truly want to curb gun violence in this nation, we must be honest about where most of it is happening – and more important, why it continues to happen – and how we can help create environments where continued gun-related violence cannot continue to breed.
The truth is, the majority of the gun-related murders in this country don't occur in suburban high schools, movie theaters, and high-rise office suites...
The majority of the gun-related murders in this nation are found in our most violent cities where there are specific commonalities, no matter where you go.
What are those commonalities?
The districts and neighborhoods where most of the nation's murders happen are plagued by broken homes, third- and fourth-generation welfare families, high unemployment, low literacy rates, rampant drug abuse, and limited opportunities for kids to spend their time constructively.
This isn't rocket science, folks. But to attack these problems takes hard work and dedication. Something most lawmakers seem to lack these days.
As well, lawmakers need to start taking more responsibility for their own bureaucratic inefficiencies and shortcomings.
It always amazes me as to how many violent criminals walk the streets after committing violent crimes.
Chicago's the perfect example.
A couple of weeks ago, in one of the nation's deadliest cities, a 15-year-old boy was charged with armed robbery.
Folks, this was his 19th arrest and his second gun-related charge.
Let me repeat that.
This was his 19th arrest and his second gun-related charge.
His name is Jesus Castaneda, or as he's known in the streets, “Little Rowdy.”
So while “Little Rowdy” is out robbing people at gun-point, virtually free from prosecution apparently, law-abiding gun owners who wish only to collect, protect or hunt are being hassled by lawmakers.
Does anyone else see a problem with this?
Someone has some explaining to do as to why Chicago's lawmakers have been busy drafting legislation to ban handguns from law-abiding gun owners while Jesus Castaneda was out on the streets, committing armed robbery – his 19th crime that's actually been verified.
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