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)
I would love to point out the Illinois law in question, but why waste one's time on fools?
Posted by: Letalis Maximus, Esq. at June 9, 2010 11:08 AM
Chicago Tribune....best fishwrapper in Chicago. Doubles as premium grade birdcage liner, also as superior kindling in the fireplace. The Sunday edition will keep you toasty warm if you're sleeping on a park bench.
Not much other use, though.
Posted by: kalashnikat at June 10, 2010 03:22 PM
My hunch is all three will face charges to keep the government machine in motion and powerful over the citizens.
I can't help wondering and I'm not legal expert. However I wonder if citizens are not disarmed to give criminals safe working conditions. After all criminals are good business for the whole criminal justice complex. If a citizen shoots and kills one of them, the system loses a customer. Here in Idaho its not uncommon to see a child molester be arrested for a third time. The revolving doors of the criminal justice system need customers. Armed citizens reduce the business in Chicago.
If my stats are correct I'm under the understanding that every week in the US a new prison is being opened. Nice!
Posted by: AvgJoe at June 11, 2010 08:24 AM
The law should be strictly enforced. Otherwise they always have this vague threat to hang over citizen's heads.
Daley won't prosecute these guys though. First, he'll lose. Second, he can't afford to win and he can't afford to lose.
There'd be a huge uproar and he stands for re-election next February. The city is plagued by business closings, political scandal, and the parking fiasco.
Posted by: Melancton Smith at June 11, 2010 08:29 AM
"For the third time" my flabby white ass.
This is merely the third time that's been recorded this month (or two month) period.
Posted by: Samantha Joy at June 11, 2010 07:03 PM
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