ROS sends us a link to a PR Newswire piece from Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) which claims that Chicago’s police superintendent Garry McCarthy disqualifies himself from being any sort of authority on the 2nd Amendment;
Appearing on a Chicago Sunday morning talk show, superintendent Garry McCarthy expressed his conviction that firearm owners who lobby their elected representatives or who donate money to political campaigns are engaged in corruption that endangers public safety. McCarthy went on to express his belief that judges and legislators should rely on public opinion polls when interpreting our Constitution.
After totally dismissing the citizen’s right to redress grievances, McCarthy trained his constitutional wisdom on the 2nd Amendment. Despite recent court decisions to the contrary, McCarthy opined that the 2nd Amendment limits citizens to owning smooth-bore muskets. McCarthy went on to say that he believes that the 2nd Amendment supports mandatory liability insurance for firearm owners and the mandatory application of GPS tracking devices to civilian owned firearms.
“Garry McCarthy’s understanding of our Constitution barely qualifies him as a meter maid, never mind the chief of the nation’s third largest police department,” commented ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson.
So all of us people who take the time to follow the laws of our respective governments to legally own guns are somehow corrupt and endanger our communities? More so than criminals, I suppose. How many people in Chicago have been killed by legal gun owners with legally purchased guns? I’m guessing but – none.
If I was the police superintendent of Chicago, I’d be looking for ways to end the infamous corruption of the city’s government and getting illegal guns off the streets rather than demonizing the folks who follow the laws, as few as they might be in that bastion of gun control.