Two more people were murdered and 14 other wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago, according to today’s Chicago Sun-Times, but according to today’s Capitol Fax blog, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s lobbyists “are engaged in serious talks with the NRA” about how to crack down on criminals and lower the body count.
If gun prohibitionists want to make a dent in gun-related crime, instead of planting daffodil bulbs at Seattle’s Green Lake, they may want to try that on Chicago’s South Side. Compared to that one section of the Windy City, Seattle and all of King County are rather mundane.
But change may be in the air, if the National Rifle Association, Illinois State Rifle Association and Emanuel’s people can “work out a compromise on legislation” that would keep armed felons in prison longer, according to Capitol Fax’s Rich Miller.
“Emanuel himself is said to be actively involved by phone,” Miller writes. “It still remains to be seen whether Emanuel can succeed where (former Mayor Richard) Daley routinely failed. Some legislators said last week they believed the sides were closing in on a deal, but the NRA still had some objections.”
It should not be much of a leap, since the NRA was instrumental in pushing the “Three Strikes” and “Hard Time for Armed Crime” concepts here in Washington State more than 15 years ago.
If the Sun-Times' Homicide Watch photo page is correct, this column’s count suggests there have been about 400 murders so far this year in Chicago. There’s another source called Redeye that also tracks Chicago homicides.
Gun prohibitionists were active over the weekend in Seattle, suggesting the state legislature should pass more restrictive gun laws. Chicago has restrictive gun laws.