Posted on Clout Street, a Chicago Tribune publication:
“Four days after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted Chicago’s longtime handgun ban, the City Council on Friday enacted a whole new set of gun-control measures.
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“Alderman voted 45-0 in favor even as some of them acknowledged how little the restrictions would do to quell violent crime.
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“The rush job is aimed at having a new set of established handgun restrictions in place before a lower court can enter a final order to formally strike down the city’s gun ban. The ordinance ‘places reasonable regulations regarding who should and should not be able to possess a handgun in their home for self-defense,’ Mayor Richard Daley said after the special council meeting. ‘With this law, we’re supporting adults who legitimately want a gun in their home for self-defense. But at the same time, we’re trying to keep guns out of the hands of gang bangers and drug dealers who only want to terrorize our communities.’
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“Several aldermen, however, said the ordinance is more likely to affect responsible, law-abiding gun owners than the thugs causing mayhem on hot weekend nights.
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“‘You cannot legislate criminals, they are going to be criminals no matter what,’ said Ald. Ed Smith, 28th. ‘And the people who intend to do crime, they are going to do it in whatever manner they can. They are going to get a gun wherever they can. And they are going to use it. And they are not going to register their gun.’
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“After making a similar acknowledgement, Ald. Deborah Graham, 29th, issued a plea. ‘I also would encourage gang bangers who get those guns unlawfully to stop getting them unlawfully,’ she said. ‘We’re going to increase the penalties to make sure our communities are safe.'”
You go Deborah. You encourage the hell out of those gang bangers and let me know when they stop getting guns unlawfully.