Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gotcha Back!

by Clifford F. Thies 

What are friends for, anyway? When First Lady Michelle Obama misspoke on ABC's Good Morning America, the folks at that part of the elite liberal media simply cleaned up the transcript:
"And she was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need. I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first." [lined out version in the broadcast, but not in the transcript.]
We take this edit to mean not that "some kids" [code for gangsters] were determined to actually need automatic weapons, but that the person who was shot was not shot by an automatic weapon. As to whether it is legal, in Chicago, for anybody to own or possess an automatic weapon, let's say because somebody "needs" one, the answer is no.

In fact, the gun laws of Chicago and of the state of Illinois are among the strictest in the country. Illinois is the only state that does not allow concealed carry in any form. Open carry is also prohibited in most areas. When a gun is being transported in Chicago, it must be unloaded and enclosed in a case. 

As to how it is possible that a bullet fired from a gun might kill anybody in Chicago is a mystery, since it is illegal for anybody to possess a loaded gun in public. Perhaps the bullet was thrown really, really hard. The gun laws of this place were struck down in 2012 as being unconstitutional. But, instead of complying with the order of the federal appeals court, the state attorney general requested a rehearing. 

That rehearing was denied just a few days ago, so, who knows, maybe the state of Illinois will have to obey the supreme law of the country. Maybe if the state of Illinois made a habit of obeying the law, and maybe if the Governors and Congressmen of the state weren't all totally corrupt, then perhaps the residents of the state might respect the law. In the meantime, the good friends of the Obama Administration over at ABC will make sure that no trace is left of an awkward attempt by the First Lady to blame a particularly tragic homicide on "insufficient" gun laws. 

Last year, Chicago had 506 homicides, more per capita than any other major city in the world.

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