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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-08-09 10:49 AM
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Editorial Detroit Free Press 7-8-09

Your taxes at work for the NRA (and Cox)

When he isnt running for governor, Mike Cox is Michigans attorney general. And it was in his capacity as the states top law enforcement officer that Cox announced with considerable fanfare Tuesday that his office has filed an amicus brief asking the U.S.
Supreme Court to strike down a strict gun control ordinance in Chicago.
If you are wondering how a man with two full-time jobs has time to worry about what local officials in Illinois are up to, the press release issued by the AGs office (Cox Joins NRA in Fight against Chicago Gun Ban) provides a clue.
Get it? Michigans attorney general (did we mention hes running for governor?) is backing the National Rifle Association, which has the political clout to make or break gubernatorial wannabes like Cox and isnt afraid to use it, in its valiant fight against Chicagoans who want fewer handguns in their city.
And just to show hes not afraid to put your money where his political interests lie, Cox is deploying the AGs own taxpayer-supported staff to do it.
Lets suppose, for the sake of argument, that a panel of U.S. Court of Appeals judges got it wrong when they unanimously upheld Chicagos gun control ordinance.
Lets suppose the citizens of Chicago (a city like Detroit, only larger and safer) violated the U.S. Constitution when they proposed to regulate the sort of weapons that people could carry in their city.
And just to be charitable, lets forget that Michigans attorney general made his reputation as a homicide prosecutor in Detroit, where another fellow might have learned something about what the unregulated proliferation of handguns can do to a city.
Dont Michiganders still have every reason to wonder what their attorney general is doing sticking his nose in Chicagos fight?
The obvious answer is that Cox is in that fight to curry favor with the one of the nations most potent political lobbies. He wants his partys gubernatorial nomination, and hes pulling out all the stops to get it.
We just wish he would do it on his own time, and with his own money.


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