March 2, 2013

More preaching to the choir

I have spent many hours over the past few weeks, around people who are involved in the fight to preserve our 2nd Amendment rights.  Not much of the information is new, but sometimes having it illuminated again, and in a slightly different light, gets my blood boiling all over again.

All of "us" like to point to the high rate of gun-related violence in Chicago, a town with some of the most restrictive, and ridiculous, gun laws in the nation.  It is also mightily convenient and telling that Chicago is generally referred to as the president's hometown (except at Christmas when he needs to justify travel to Hawaii).

Earlier this month, a woman was jailed for a week, for carrying an unloaded pistol in a case, to her place of work:
A 55-year-old woman who works as a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago was jailed this week for bringing a pistol -- licensed, unloaded and in a case – to her office.
The woman, who also holds an “Illinois firearm owners registration card,” told Chicago police that she had brought the handgun, recently purchased for home defense, to her workplace because she did not want to leave it at her residence while a work crew was there doing a renovation project.
But Chicago has perhaps the toughest gun laws in the nation and carrying the weapon, even without ammunition, is a serious offense.
A co-worker spotted the pistol case and called police who came and snatched up the information specialist from her workplace. The Chicago Tribune reports that the woman was held on $25,000 bond pending trial and placed on leave by the university.
Restrictive and ridiculous.
It is an unarguable fact that Chicago has racked up more gun-related deaths than the war in Afghanistan.  Chicago is gunning for 6,000 deaths by the end of 2013 - which will be nearly triple the number of casualties from an actual war, during the same time period.
I think the simplest conclusion is that the bad guys with guns outnumber the good guys with guns.  They have unarmed the good people that are in the neighborhoods with the thugs.  Cops can't be everywhere and citizens have a right to protect themselves.  Chicago's laws force their law-abiding citizens to bring a knife (though not with a blade over 2.4") to a gun fight.

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...

As you know, I teach at a state university here in TX. Weapons (not just firearms, but weapons, including certain types of knives, clubs, pepper spray or mace, etc.) are forbidden by law to be carried on campus (the definition of 'carried' includes unloaded in a locked case in your vehicle).

I don't carry my firearm on campus, but I do slip a tactical knife in my pocket, along with a can of wasp spray in my briefcase. After my last class of the week I go by my apartment, pick up my pistol, and head for home.

That said, there have been a few occasions where I had a meeting or some other nonsense that kept me on campus late in the week. When that happens I usually hide my pistol in my truck and drive straight from the campus to Bergheim. If I get caught I face the same penalties as that unfortunate woman in Chicago - dismissal and criminal charges. Stupid, I know, risking all that just to save a few minutes on the drive home, but we humans are not always rational.

Which brings us to that poor woman in Chicago. She's screwed. Her career is over and she will quite likely have a criminal record. And for what? It's not like she was the type to go on a shooting rampage. She's being sacrificed on the altar of gun control.

Hypocritical idiots...