For the third time, a Chicagoan blasts a robber with an unregistered gun
This time, a pawnbroker kills an armed robber, who'd been convicted of robbery before but apparently paroled after boot camp. [I always thought that was a singularly foolish idea. The reasoning seems to be (1) the military teaches self-discipline and duty, (2) the military starts with physical workouts and being yelled at, therefore (3) if you have someone yell at a criminal while he works out, he will become self-disciplined and law abiding. This does not follow]. (h/t to reader Alice Beard)
The Chicago Tribune seems disappointed that no one is prosecuting the City's self-defenders:
Even as Mayor Richard Daley rails against the gun ban's critics, the Police Department doesn't seem up to vigorous enforcement of the law. In two recent instances, homeowners have shot intruders with handguns that apparently fall under the ban. But so far, the city has not filed charges against the shooters.
If the law is worth having, it has to be applied even against sympathetic violators. If Chicago's not willing to enforce the law, it won't make a substantial difference if the Supreme Court says Chicago can no longer have it.
(Perhaps someone should inform the Trib about the Illinois law giving an affirmative defense to gun charges, based on discovery of the gun after a self defense incident)