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Contempt of court George Wallace style


Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

"To what purpose are powers limited, and to what purpose is that limitation committed to writing, if these limits may, at any time, be passed by those intended to be restrained?" - Chief Justice John Marshall (Marbury v. Madison)

Hard on the heels of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. Chicago that the Second Amendment to the US Constitution protects an individual right to bear arms for self-defense and that the right thus protected is incorporated against state and local governments, Chicago Mayor Daley expressed his contempt for both the Court and the citizens whose rights he has trampled.

In an afternoon press conference, Daley announced that the city would enact new ordinances making it as difficult as possible to purchase and own a gun in Chicago. During his rant, he promised to seek ways to attack the right to bear arms from the supply side, vowing to go after manufacturers and crack down on gun shops and gun shop owners. He also noted that only “responsible adults” would be allowed to purchase or possess guns and left open the extremely disturbing question of who gets to determine which citizens are responsible and therefore 'worthy' of civil rights.

After all, when you hear Mayor Daley proclaim his intentions to subvert the clear ruling of the Supreme Court, it is hard not to remember Governor George Wallace standing in the doorway of the University of Alabama's Foster Auditorium blocking access to African-American students Vivian Malone Jones, Dave McGlathery and James Hood after the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

Then, as now, a seasoned politician felt his opinion superseded the rights of citizens and was willing to use the power of their office to deny those rights to citizens they deemed 'unworthy.'

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But as I listened to Mayor Daley equate gun owners with “drug thugs” and chastise the federal government for not doing more to make legal gun ownership more difficult, I found it incredibly ironic. This is the mayor of a city whose 28 year absolute ban on handgun ownership has completely disarmed law-abiding citizens and yet, on a recent weekend in Chicago, with the ban in full effect, there were 54 shootings which resulted in 10 deaths, including a baby girl.

The problem in Chicago is not guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens. It never was. The problem is crime … crime driven by poverty, and hopelessness, and drug abuse, and all the social ills that accompany them. And because Mayor Daley, in his 21 year tenure, has not been willing or able to address these very difficult problems, he seeks to blame gun owners.

This elitist defiance should not surprise those familiar with Chicago politics and the antics of the Daley administration but it should serve as a grim reminder to gun owners and civil libertarians that despite the victories in Heller and McDonald, the legislative and judicial battles are far from over.

Comments

  • Kevin 4 years ago

    ".....it’s a federal crime for anyone acting under “color of law” willfully to deprive or conspire to deprive a person of a right protected by the Constitution or U.S. law. “Color of law” simply means that the person is using authority given to him or her by a local, state, or federal government agency." - FBI WebPage (www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/civilrights/color.htm)

    It's beyond me why citizens of Chicago don't file a criminal complaint, based on Mayor Daley's public statements, he has all but admitted this crime.

  • Kevin 4 years ago

    ".....it’s a federal crime for anyone acting under “color of law” willfully to deprive or conspire to deprive a person of a right protected by the Constitution or U.S. law. “Color of law” simply means that the person is using authority given to him or her by a local, state, or federal government agency." - FBI WebPage (www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/civilrights/color.htm)

    It's beyond me why citizens of Chicago don't file a criminal complaint, based on Mayor Daley's public statements, he has all but admitted this crime.

  • Jarhead1982 4 years ago

    Daley is the skidmark on the underwear of society!

    Even better, Daley gives people that same feeling, as being in the woods for four days, without toilet paper!

  • yaba 4 years ago

    He is protected by the media. He is promoted by the media. He does what the media wants or he looses that support.

    The people of Chicago are never allowed to realize, in fact they are deliberately prevented from knowing (Intent) what this cabal is actually doing to them.

    He serves at their pleasure as most politicians now do.

  • P.Bennett 4 years ago

    Personally, I feel NOT for Chicagoans -nor should anyone else. I feel more for what this man is doing to MY Rights NATIONALLY (setting bad precedents) than theirs. After all, this ignorant, prejudice pathetic whackjob of a Mayor "aint" there because of a violent revolutionary Takeover - the quite ingnorant VOTERS put, & KEEP him there! So -they GETTIN what they deserve. That being the case: May he continue to 'RULE'. It is "the peoples" will!

    PS: Thats why I moved 16yrs ago. LONG LIVE THE SOUTH!!

  • Mike V. 4 years ago

    So Daley now proposes to obstruct and impede enjoyment of a fundamental civil right. Does he know that this is a federal crime?

    UNITED STATES CODE TITLE 18

    CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE PART I

    CRIMES CHAPTER 13 - CIVIL RIGHTS

    §§ 241. Conspiracy against rights
    If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten,
    or intimidate any inhabitant of any State, . . .
    in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right
    or privilege secured to him by
    the Constitution or laws of the United States,
    . . .
    They shall be fined not more than $10,000
    or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both;
    and if death results, they shall be subject to imprisonment
    for any term of years or for life.

    §§ 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law
    Whoever, under color of any law, statute,
    ordinance, regulation, or custom,
    willfully subjects any inhabitant of any State,
    Territory, or District to the deprivation of any rights,
    privileges, or immunities sec

  • Otter 4 years ago

    Daley's real fear is that the gangbangers won't give him his cut of the drug monies if the citizens start shooting them.

  • mark edward marchiafava 4 years ago

    A card-carrying, lifetime NRA (negotiate rights away) member, complaining about Chicago's gun laws.
    Too funny for words.

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