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.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:
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.
"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.