November 23, 2009

Armed Pols Who Ignore Gun-Ban Laws: A Chicago Tradition

CHICAGO--Steve Chapman wrote a great piece for the Creators Syndicate website: Last week, the body of Chicago school board president Michael Scott was found in the Chicago River with a single bullet wound in his head. The big story was that this powerful, well-connected public official had, according to the county medical examiner, committed suicide. The less-noticed story was that he did it with an illegal weapon.

After all, handgun ownership is not allowed in the city of Chicago, which has one of the strictest gun control laws in the country, and Scott killed himself with a .380-caliber sidearm.

Unlike most Chicagoans, Scott could have been a legal handgun owner. Because he had it before the ban was enacted, he was allowed to register and keep it. But the police department says he never did. By having it in the city, Scott was guilty of an offense that could have gotten him jail time.

Columnist Steve Chapman

Amazingly enough, he was not the first local public official to take the view that firearms restrictions are something for other, ordinary people to observe. Chicago politicians are zealously committed to gun control in law but fairly relaxed about it in practice.

Read the rest of the piece here.

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Comments (4)

We have a Chicago politician in the WH, I wonder if he carries?

Posted by: Vernon R | November 28, 2009 9:50 PM    Report this comment

That's God's honest truth, MasterGuide.


Posted by: Lee W | November 26, 2009 2:14 PM    Report this comment

Yes, we all know that our elected officials are above the laws that apply us mere mortals. But this is not confined just to the Windy City. Anyone remember Councilman turned Mayor turned Senator Diane Feinstein of San Francisco? When she was in office here, she packed a Lady Smith in her purse. I wonder if she is still packing on The Hill?
Do as I say, not as I do. It all about control.

Posted by: MasterGuide | November 26, 2009 8:08 AM    Report this comment

Hey, hey, hey, am I psychic, or what? Back on October 8, 2009, I posted this little gem about Chicago politicians:

The mayor, the city council, city department heads, and innumberable employees were all either specifically exempted from the ban or allowed exemptions by their supervisors.

This is the thing with gun bans. It's not a matter of liberty vs. security as much as it is a matter of liberty vs. corruption, because the gun banners never ban all guns, they just ban yours and mine. The gun ban crowd is perfectly okay with keeping their own guns for themselves and their posterity, in spite of all their hysterical arguments about stolen guns, black markets, and illegal trafficking.

It's a good thing I'm modest, or my genius could easily get out of hand.


Posted by: Lee W | November 23, 2009 5:53 PM    Report this comment

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