Perhaps instead of going after legal gun owners, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Crook,er, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle should concern themselves with the actual crime on their streets
(Chicago Tribune) Cook County and Chicago are adopting a tag-team approach on gun ownership. Our goal is to increase coordination between the city and the county, step up enforcement and reduce the flow of guns on our streets.
We plan to create a one-stop repository for all reports of lost, stolen, transferred or destroyed firearms, an important step in tracking guns used in crimes. It’s also an attempt to have a countywide gun strategy that is uniform, rather than a strategy where we each operate in isolation.
Hooray, we’re saved! This is the answer to stopping the lawlessness on Chicago’s streets!
An oft-cited University of Chicago Crime Lab study found that 29 percent of guns recovered in Chicago crimes were purchased legally in Cook County.
So, what about the other 71%? Rahm? Hello?
Nothing about what we are proposing is onerous for responsible gun owners. And we’re under no false illusion that this will stop the carnage on our streets. But the new approaches will help law enforcement go after people who repeatedly claim that their guns, after being recovered at a crime scene, had been lost or stolen. Their excuses will now have repercussions.
Oh, so we’re not saved? This plan to fine legal gun owners who see their guns (notice that nowhere within their little op-ed do they refer to “handguns”, “pistols”, or any specific type of gun. They mean all guns) stolen, lost, or sell or transfer them if it isn’t reported within 48 hours will not “stop the carnage on our streets.” So, exactly what is the purpose if it won’t stop the carnage? They say it will give The Government more information when it comes to the tiny amount of gun transfers and sales that occur without a background check, which is really tiny. But, this still won’t “stop the carnage on our streets.”
Perhaps Rahm and Preckwinkle might consider going after criminals.