Chicago, with the most draconian gun laws in the state, and nearly the most oppressive in the nation, is once again so rocked with violence (murder capital of the U.S., according to the FBI) that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is publicly musing about the possibility of sending in National Guard "peace keepers." From 10TV.com:
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's open to sending National Guard troops or state police to assist Chicago police with curbing violence if city officials want the help.
Quinn, readers may remember, is an enthusiastic advocate of banning so-called "assault weapons," being one of those who considers them to be "weapons of war that belong on a battlefield, not on our streets." He has been, in fact, willing to violate both the U.S. Constitution and the Illinois state constitution to write his own AWB bill, because, he claims, "the proliferation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines undermines public safety and the right of personal security of every citizen."
One cannot help but wonder what Quinn thinks National Guard troops use for weapons. The photo accompanying this article, showing the Illinois National Guard's 123rd Field Artillery Regiment firing its M777 155mm howitzers, might help him figure that out. At least, Quinn could argue, the Illinois Guard does not use "assault weapons." Instead, they use assault rifles, capable of fully-automatic fire.
This, by the way, is not the first time during the Quinn administration that the state has proposed sending the military into Chicago. Two state representatives (both fanatically anti-gun Chicago area Democrats, of course, and please forgive the redundancy) floated the idea in 2010, in a desperate bid to control the carnage in "gun free" Chicago then.
Prior to that, it was another rabidly anti-gun Chicago-area Democrat, former Governor Rod Blagojevich (now disgraced and imprisoned), considering the military occupation of Chicago in 2008.
Why is it that those who rail against so-called "weapons of war in our communities" are so quick to send the military into those same communities?
Second Amendment rally in Union, Missouri on October 26. The rally is from 1:00 to 5:00 PM in the Union City Park, and it sounds like a great time, with music, BBQ and a good lineup of guest speakers. Union City is evidently very open carry-friendly.