The Guns of Chicago
Every year during the summer months a number of Chicagoans get killed because of gang violence. The politicians are always called upon to do “something.” .458 socom ammo The most “media friendly” thing to do is to blame it all on gun ownership.
The media had a great time this month covering all the anti gun marches. They were staged by, none other than the “King of Political Correctness,” Rev. Jesse Jackson, aided by his comrade, the pastor of Saint Sabina Church, Father Michael Pfleger. Chicago’s Mayor, Richard M. Daley, threw in some anti gun rants of his own, while TV cameras rolled.
On one occasion Jackson and Pfleger marched on Chuck’s Gun Shop in Riverdale. According to several sources, Father Pfleger twice threatened to “snuff out” the owner of the store. I’m all for free speech, but it’s interesting how hypocritical “political correctness” can be. Don Imus just made a bad choice of words on his radio show. His mistake was spread by the media throughout the world and eventually resulted in his firing. Father Pfleger, on the other hand, threatened to kill a law abiding citizen, yet there was very little mention of it in the media. It seems that if you’re on the “pro-media” side, you are allowed freedom of speech, otherwise, your reputation could be ruined.
Another headline grabbing program was the plea to turn in your gun at designated churches and police stations with no questions asked. For this good deed you would get a one hundred dollar debit MasterCard.
On Saturday July 22, 2007 the city of Chicago, collected 6700 guns from its citizens. This “event” gave the local media days of the “heart wrenching” news coverage they crave. According to the media, this year, Chicago’s gun turn-in program was the largest ever, even beating all other gun turn-in programs throughout the country.
There are several reasons why I think such programs are bad for America.
The guns are turned in anonymously. Some of the guns could have been used in the commission of capital crimes. It will be harder to prosecute someone if the weapon he committed the crime with was turned over to the city and destroyed.
Guns that are old and don’t work well can be turned in to get a down payment to buy a more modern weapon.
Instead of destroying all the guns, some may wind up as police secondary weapons known also as “throw aways.” Recent events have shown that the Chicago Police Department can’t be trusted.