President Obama wasn't kidding when he said: "The constitution is a charter of negative liberties...it says what the states can't do to you, it says what the federal government can't do to you, but it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf."
Thank goodness we have the Supreme Court!
Chicago has banned gun ownership for the last 30 years even though the American constitution grants citizens the right to keep and bear arms. Attempts to lift the ban have been ongoing but to avail.
Well, today finally the supreme court ruled against Chicago's unconstitutional gun ban law, but even now, Mayor Daley still insists on wanting to go against this ruling and craft a new ordinance to enforce tight control on gun ownership in Chicago, despite the fact that a strict ban has not produced the desired results in reducing the rate of gun related violent crimes.
I think Mayor Daley needs to quit resisting the law and start enforcing it instead. And for goodness sake put some more cops out on the streets and let them do their jobs. Perhaps he ought to have a chat with Newark Mayor Cory Booker and really learn how it's properly done.
Last Friday, as Daley awaited the Supreme Court ruling, he continued to fret about the dilemma the ruling would cause police officers, firefighters and paramedics arriving at emergency scenes.
“What does a first-responder [do when they] come to your home, if you have 50 guns and you pointed a gun at your wife? You have a legal right to a gun,” the mayor said.
“Can we interfere with that display of a gun if you’ve shown it to somebody in your home? Of course not because everybody wants to sue the city. They want to sue you, the taxpayers, to try to get money out of your pocket. … That’s what we’re worried about.”
Northwest Side Ald. Tom Allen (38th) said the ban has done nothing to stop the bloodbath on Chicago streets as evidenced by the 26 people shot this weekend.
Asked whether Chicago would be more or less safe without the ban, he said, “It’s a wash. The bad guys are gonna have their guns and the good people who are responsible citizens — they will also have their guns. But they’ll do it in a responsible way in their home to protect their family or in their place of business to protect them from armed robbers.”