On Sunday, the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) is reacting severely and swiftly to comments made by Chicago’s Superintendent of Police Garry McCarthy who stated on a talk show that lawful firearm owners are simply agents of political corruption. McCarthy, who has been continually on the hot seat alongside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the continual murders by guns in Chicago, spoke on a Sunday morning talk show.
McCarthy maintains a firm believe that firearm owners who lobby elected officials or who donate money to political campaigns are engaging in a type of corruption that endangers public safety. Also disturbing to the ISRA is its assertion that Superintendent McCarthy believes that judges and lawmakers ought to rely on public opinion polls when interpreting the United States Constitution.
Responding to McCarthy’s comments, including his comments regarding the United States Constitution’s 2nd Amendment, ISRAQ Executive Director Richard Pearson harshly stated:
Garry McCarthy’s understanding of our Constitution barely qualifies him as a meter maid, never mind the chief of the nation’s third largest police department. What on earth would possess McCarthy to assert that constitutional rights should be meted out based on public opinion polls? Let’s not forget that public opinion polls once opposed a woman’s right to vote…
Chicago has been the verbal target of continual scorn and ridicule for its ongoing gun violence. Last year, the count of deaths by guns topped 500, and the new year began with an incredible 42 murders in the first month of 2013.
On Friday, President Barack Obama came to his hometown of Chicago to talk about guns and poverty at Hyde Park Academy on the city’s South Side. Within a few hours, there were four more wounded in the city with one woman dying from her gunshot. As the weekend continued, another round of shootings happened on Saturday resulting in the death of a 17-year-old boy in the city’s Little Village neighborhood on a busy Chicago street at 6:15 in the evening.