Chicago’s Mayor Richie Daley, son of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, indicated on June 25th, that he is poised and ready to act if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the strict hand-gun ban that has been in effect. The ban is expected to end, as it did in Washington D.C., two years ago. Daley says guns don’t solve problems; they kill people.
On June 17th of this year, 2010, The National Rifle Association scored another victory in its efforts to provide guns to Americans. At that time the Congress of the United States eased regulations on background checks in gun purchases, allowance of concealed weapons in National Parks and Wildlife refuges, and most noteworthy perhaps, the Congress blocked legislation to forbid gun purchases by those on the government terrorist watch list.
The NRA has acknowledged spending two to three million dollars on lobbying since the beginning of 2009. The NRA plans to spend an additional twenty million dollars in political spending this year.
Newt Gingrich, Republican former Speaker of the House of Representatives, has over the years staunchly defended gun ownership, and second amendment rights; the rights of Americans to bear arms. In a recent address to the NRA, Gingrich said that "No tyrant may take the guns from the people; neither can these tyrants place the population in a concentration camp, nor kill the population." He said the right to bear arms is "a political right".
Nevada’s Barbara Angle has taken the cause a step further; she suggests that the time to use firearms to remove the Democratic administration in Washington is soon to be upon us. She indicates a willingness to "take out" her opponent, Harry Reid, incumbent. The Tea Party seems obsessed with the option for a violent overthrow of the money spenders in Washington.
We in Chicago find difficulty in accepting that any responsible person or group can accept easily acquired gun ownership. In Chicago, NBC news last weekend announced that 52 people were shot, that at least 8 died. Police superintendent Jody Weis said most of the shootings were gang related. A one year old girl was grazed on the ear on West Hastings Street, four men were shot in that incident. That same evening, a drive-by shooting over narcotic drug 'turf' near South Kolin Avenue resulted in five people being hospitalized in serious to critical condition. Then 10 minutes later police were called to Humboldt Park, a short distance from where a Puerto Rican Day Festival was in full swing: two men were shot there, on West Division Street. The shootings were said to be gang related, occurring during a fight. Then, shortly after 9 PM, a fifteen year old girl was shot in the hand on West Evergreen Street.