Tuesday, September 24, 2013

We Need Laws To Stop People From Breaking Laws...

Shakin' my head here, folks...

2 men charged in mass shooting at Chicago park
CHICAGO (AP) — Two men have been charged in a mass shooting at a Chicago park that wounded 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy, but neither suspect is believed to have been a triggerman, according to police.

Byron Champ, 21, and Kewane Gatewood, 20, are charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in the shooting Thursday night at Cornell Square Park on Chicago's southwest side, police said late Monday. The suspects' home towns were not revealed.
Okay, so they caught two of the three men responsible. That's the good news. That's about the only good news. Here's the part that just made my head swim:
"To truly address violence for the long-term we need state and federal laws that keep illegal guns out of our communities and provide real punishment for the criminals who use them," McCarthy said. He said the shooting highlighted a need for a three-year mandatory minimum sentence for illegal gun possession and truth in sentencing for gun crimes in Illinois.
You ALREADY DO HAVE THOSE LAWS. It is ILLEGAL for a felon to possess a firearm ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL. Those laws exist. They have been on the books longer than the people responsible for the shooting have been alive; quite possibly longer than their parents have been alive. It's the second part - the punishment - that's sorely lacking, and that's what those of us on the pro-freedom side have been saying for DECADES. Don't pass new laws, just enforce the ones we have.

Here's a great article: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York Prosecuted Fewest Federal Gun Crimes. Imagine that. Three crime-ridden cities in liberal states with very restrictive gun laws, and they're the worst at actually prosecuting Federal gun crimes. Go figure. And the response to rising crime rates? ASSAULT WEAPON BAN! Because we need ANOTHER law on the books that these places WON'T prosecute violent repeat felons for breaking.

It's a disturbing trend. We see rising crime rates as urban areas simply refuse to do their jobs and protect people from criminals. They blame the nebulous "gun lobby" and laughably claim that we need more laws - all the while ignoring the laws on the books and letting violent criminals skate on serious charges. Lather, rinse, repeat; act shocked when criminals continue to be criminals and find guns despite bans and laws; hurt the good people instead. Billy Banger doesn't give a hairy rat's ass that the 15 round magazine in his stolen Glock is illegal; however to a law-abiding gun owner mistakenly shipped that same magazine (which has happened here in MA), they are instantly a felon through no fault of their own.

And when the new laws predictably fail to reduce crime, why, that's proof we need more, right?

That is all.


Old NFO said...

One was out on 'multiple' gun charges... as an underaged kid... Gee, what a surprise...

Knucklehead said...

Someday the gun grabbers are going to realize they only need ONE ADDITIONAL Federal gun law. They just need a law that says every law pertaining to a gun must be permanently affixed to the gun. Nobody would ever be able to lift a gun.

Just make a little trip to:


ATF P 5300.4 — Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide 2005 (220+ pages)

ATF P 5300.5 — State Laws and Published Ordinances – Firearms (2010 - 2011 – 31st Edition) (nearly 500 pages)

And many of the individual states have voluminous laws.

ATF P 5320.8 — ATF National Firearms Act Handbook (200+ pages)

Ed said...

Mao Zedong described a guerrilla as a fish swimming in a sea of people. To counter this, the solution to many is to drain the sea, which kills all the other fish and the people, but it does get rid of those pesky guerrillas.

The same for gun control. Banish all guns and the gun problem goes away, right? No. What gun control does is compel the law-abiding to abide by the law, leaving them defenseless from those who are not law-abiding. What will work? Training everyone in the effective defensive use of firearms and holding them responsible for their primary defense in their roles as citizens. The police become the back-ups for the people. Stop delegating the primary responsibility for defense and personal safety to the police, as this strategy does not work. Encourage the people to arm themselves effectively by offering tax rebates for acquiring higher quality weapons, ammunition and training. Remove all laws that would inhibit this policy. There are some that claim that the people cannot act responsibly with weapons, yet these same people vote and serve on juries now. There are sufficient laws that cover irresponsible weapon usage that should continue to be in effect.

Remember, if you are responsible enough to exercise sound enough judgement to vote or serve on a jury, then you are responsible enough to possess a weapon. Do not allow anyone to continue in political office or government employment who does understand this concept.