Mayor Daley said Friday he’s poised to act immediately if, as expected, the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Chicago’s strictest-in-the-nation handgun ban. …
“It’s overturned in Washington D.C. We looked at their laws. We looked at some laws we want to change here and immediately change it because guns don’t solve problems in homes [or] on streets. They kill people,” Daley said. “That’s why I’m giving up my own armed bodyguards.”
Okay, okay; I may have imagineered that last sentence.
Daley has said repeatedly that Chicago gun owners could be required to take a training course, register their firearms, allow police to perform ballistics tests and even purchase liability insurance.
Also run a four-minute mile, recite Das Kapital in the original German and perform brain surgery on a loved one while blindfolded. You know; like the Founders intended.
Seriously; if guns kill people, then we should disarm the police. Their jobs are stressful enough already. Except in Montreal, where throwing a Molotov cocktail is harmless fun, but reporting on the fun is a Serious Violation of State Security!
You cannot have the Second Amendment’s “free State” without a free People.
By the way, remember when Harry “Evil-mongers!” Reid said of Justice Thomas: “I think that he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. I think that his opinions are poorly written. I don’t — I just don’t think that he’s done a good job as a Supreme Court justice.”?
Really, Harry? Read this:
“Florida made it the “duty” of white citizen “patrol[s] to search negro houses or other suspected places, for fire arms.” If they found any firearms, the patrols were to take the offending slave or free black “to the nearest justice of the peace,” whereupon he would be “severely punished” by “whipping on the bare back, not exceeding thirty-nine lashes,” unless he could give a “plain and satisfactory” explanation of how he came to possess the gun. …
One man recalled the night during his childhood when his father stood armed at a jail until morning to ward off lynchers. The experience left him with a sense, “not of powerlessness”, but of the “possibilities of salvation” that came from standing up to intimidation.
In my view, the record makes plain that the Framers of the Privileges or Immunities Clause and the ratifying-era public understood—just as the Framers of the Second Amendment did—that the right to keep and bear arms was essential to the preservation of liberty. The record makes equally plain that they deemed this right necessary to include in the minimum baseline of federal rights that the Privileges or Immunities Clause established in the wake of the War over slavery. …
I agree with the Court that the Second Amendment is fully applicable to the States. I do so because the right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment as a privilege of American citizenship.”
Harry Reid thinks black people aren’t smart enough to be judges and Mayor Daley thinks they aren’t smart enough to own guns.
All in all, a good day for freedom, brotherhood and the American Way.
(Via Bench Memos)