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Sat May 31, 2014, 07:49 AM

 

Keeping guns out of the hands of criminals

Chicago has many law-abiding gun owners who handle their weapons safely and responsibly. The ordinance proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to regulate gun sales in the city is not about them. It's about Chicago's other gun owners: violent thugs who kill innocents as well as each other while terrorizing countless citizens with the ever-present threat of death by bullet.

Those are the people who have given this city a murder rate far higher than that of other big cities, including New York and Los Angeles. The measures Emanuel requests won't incapacitate all or most of them. But they would make a significant difference in how easy it is for criminals to get guns.

Emanuel would prefer to allow no gun shops. After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Chicago's ban on handgun ownership, the city passed a law outlawing gun stores. But in January that ban also fell, at the hands of a federal judge who ruled that it violated the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

He gave Chicago six months to enact a new ordinance allowing gun stores. But he stressed that "nothing in this opinion prevents the city from considering other regulations ... on sales and transfers of firearms to minimize the access of criminals to firearms."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-chicago-gun-shop-ordinance-0601-20140601,0,3752393.story

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Reply Keeping guns out of the hands of criminals (Original post)
SecularMotion May 2014 OP
blueridge3210 May 2014 #1
Duckhunter935 May 2014 #2
DonP May 2014 #3
blueridge3210 May 2014 #4
SQUEE May 2014 #5
Packerowner740 May 2014 #6
gejohnston May 2014 #7

Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 08:08 AM

1. Latest spam offering.

 

Was there something you wanted to discuss?

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Response to blueridge3210 (Reply #1)

Sat May 31, 2014, 08:59 AM

2. of course not

 

all he, she or it can do is post spam, Kind of sad really for an active host. He , she or it should spam the group he hosts to get some life back into that dead group over in bansalot.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 11:49 AM

3. Is it just me?

 

...that finds it strange that the host of the Gun Control Activism Forum is here posting stories about Chicago adding its first gun stores in over 40 years?

Who would have thought that Gun Control Activism included sharing the good news of more gun stores and shooting ranges for Chicago residents?

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Response to DonP (Reply #3)

Sat May 31, 2014, 12:05 PM

4. Well, when your homeland

 

is a barren wasteland devoid of thought or meaningful dialogue I guess you have to go where there is some sign of life.

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Response to blueridge3210 (Reply #4)

Sat May 31, 2014, 04:20 PM

5. The Saudi royal family loves Bahrain..

.. just a thought to mull over

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 09:31 PM

6. Something's got to get done to restrict those guns sales

And at least Emmanueal is trying to do something about it. The same can't be said about the NRA.

And what's the writer trying to say when he talks about the violent "thugs"?

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Response to Packerowner740 (Reply #6)

Sat May 31, 2014, 10:12 PM

7. Not even the Trib takes this seriously

Does anyone seriously think a gang banger or drug dealer is going to get a FOID card (Illinois has a owner licensing system, and has for decades) go to a gun store and fill out the forms and background check required under the Gun Control Act and Brady law? I can't picture anyone being that naive. There hasn't been a gun store or gun range in Chicago in about 30 years. The whole point of this is to use zoning ordnances and pointless laws to keep from having to obey the SCOTUS.

He isn't doing anything about the real problem, the gangs and their guns. He can't go after the gangs because Chicago is Tammany Hall on Steroids. Anytime the people demand something be done, the mayor and alderman have town meetings saying "we can't do anything because those hillbillies are bringing guns into our neighborhoods."

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