After losing their case in the U.S. Supreme Court, Chicago’s Mayor and other anti-Second Amendment advocates are at it again.
On Thursday Mayor Richard Daley announced a new handgun ban legislation for Chicago. In his press conference he described the new ban as the strictest in the nation. Modeled after Washington D.C.’s, after that city’s original ban was overturned by SCOTUS.
The new Chicago ban would prohibit gun shops in Chicago, and also prohibit citizens from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or garages, with a handgun.( I guess this means that the thieves can steal from your porches and garages with impunity.)
The new ban would also: Limit the number of handguns residents can register to one per month and prohibit residents from having more than one handgun in operating order at any given time. ( Collectors beware!)
Require residents in homes with children to keep them in lock boxes or equipped with trigger locks.(No problem here, just ask the rapist to please wait while you unlock your gun!)
Require prospective gun owners to take a four-hour class and one-hour training at a gun range. They would have to leave the city for training because Chicago prohibits new gun ranges and limits the use of existing ranges to police officers. Those restrictions were similar to those in an ordinance passed in Washington, D.C., after the high court struck down its ban two years ago. (So people living in the poorest neighborhoods, will be required to come up with the cost of the course and have to travel outside the city?)
Prohibit people from owning a gun if they were convicted of a violent crime, domestic violence or two or more convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Residents convicted of a gun offense would have to register with the police department.( The only part of this one that truly causes me concern is the DUI. What is the correlation?)
Calls for the police department to maintain a registry of every handgun owner in the city, with the names and addresses to be made available to police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders. ( Okay this is the one that should scare the living hell out of not only every gun owner , but every citizen. Throughout history the first step to disarm a citizenry is to document who owns the weapons. And disarming the citizenry is the first step to tyranny.)
There is no correlation between legal gun ownership and gun violence. Most gun crimes are committed with stolen guns or by people who are already criminals committing another crime such as rape or robbery. This attempt to remove guns from society altogether only leaves the law-abiding citizens vulnerable to the criminals. But more importantly it leaves them vulnerable to a government that would rule over them.
As we come this weekend upon the 234th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, it is important to remember that our nation was founded upon the principle of individual Liberty. If we allow such restrictive legislation as Chicago and other cities are attempting to pass, we allow our individual rights and Liberty to be eroded.
The time has passed when we can afford to stand by and allow a vocal minority to rule the day. We as right thinking citizens must demand the defence of our founding principles. We must not go quietly into the yoke of tyranny.