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Emanuel pushes gun control while Chicago runs red

Mayor Rahm Emanuel can't stop the bloodletting in Chicago, but he can discourage law-abiding citizens from buying guns in the city.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel can't stop the bloodletting in Chicago, but he can discourage law-abiding citizens from buying guns in the city.
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this month insisted that his brand of gun control should spread nationwide, but this past weekend’s Windy City body count – with six dead and more than 20 wounded, according to this morning’s Chicago Sun Times – does not instill public faith in his strategy.

In the eyes of gun rights advocates, Emanuel is just one more gun prohibitionist whose ideas have no foundation in reality. Indeed, as this column has reported recently, prominent gun control advocates have admitted that their ideas don’t work.

Earlier this month when Mark Glaze stepped down as executive director of Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety,” he told the Wall Street Journal, “when a mass shooting happens…nothing that we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting (in Santa Barbara).”

Late last month, Washington CeaseFire President Ralph Fascitelli also admitted, “I don’t know of anything…that could have been done to prevent this tragedy in Santa Barbara.”

Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, has dubbed Bloomberg’s $50 million so-called “grassroots” lobbying group “Every Liar for Gun Safety.”

Confirmed by WMAQ’s Monday morning news, the weekend’s on-going blood fest in Chicago included a 15-year-old boy who was standing on a street corner about 10 p.m. Saturday with a 16-year-old when both were shot. WMAQ reported that the suspects got out of a vehicle and just opened fire. Dekarlos Scott took two rounds to the head and died at the scene while his companion was hit in the shoulder and taken to a hospital.

Last week, according to the Sun-Times, Emanuel’s gun shop ordinance proposal “sailed through” a city council committee on Public Safety, yet members admitted that its “rigid regulations” won’t stop the “bloodbath.” In his appearance with CNN’s Jake Tapper back on June 6, Emanuel admitted that most of the guns used in crimes are coming from Wisconsin, Indiana and down-state, yet he insisted that his new gun shop ordinance would make a difference, though it is unclear how his ordinance will affect illegal gun traffic.

Among the requirements of Emanuel’s package is that all gun sales in city-approved gun stores would have to be videotaped. One man who quickly suggested it is nonsense to expect Emanuel’s restrictive measures would make a difference is Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association.

“It’s a right to buy a firearm,” Pearson told the newspaper. “If you pass a background check, you shouldn’t have to be videotaped. People don’t want their business transactions videotaped. They’re saying this is what you have to do to open gun shops, when it’s just a bunch of restrictions designed to make sure no gun shop opens in Chicago. Nobody will open a gun shop in Chicago and nobody would want to buy there if they did.”

In his CNN interview, Emanuel asked the public to “join me in making sure we have a foundation, which is a national background check, a limit on one gun a month and straw purchases.” There already is a national background check under the 1993 Brady Handgun Law. California’s one-gun-a-month restriction did not prevent Santa Barbara, and neither did that state’s so-called “universal background check” law, which is what gun prohibitionists are currently proposing for Washington State, and now are suggesting in Nevada.

The Associated Press and San Francisco Chronicle are reporting that last Friday, Nevadans for Background Checks filed an initiative petition to expand background checks. That is similar to what the Seattle-based Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is trying to do with Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure heading to November’s ballot here.

It’s just the sort of thing Gottlieb predicted would happen as he watched wealthy elitists mount their gun control effort last year in the Evergreen State. Call it a new version of the “domino theory.” It will not stop the blood flow in Chicago or anywhere else, but such efforts are designed to create the impression “something is being done” while doing it to the wrong people.

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