Washington State could use some guys like Jackson County, WI District Attorney Gerald R. Fox, a fellow who might give Chicago Mayor Richard Daley heartburn and Illinois Sen. Roland Burris (a Democrat, naturally) a cardiac.
While Burris was busy bylining an opinion piece for The Hill about the travesty of Monday’s 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago — the Second Amendment Foundation’s historic victory that essentially destroys the Windy City’s 28-year-old handgun ban — Fox was telling reporters that, because of the ruling, he is no longer going to enforce several anti-gun regulations in the Badger State.
Reaction to the loss in Chicago has been predictable and pitiful. On Friday, the city council adopted regulations that, Daley boasted, amount to the toughest handgun law in the nation. Burris, meanwhile, declared that the Supreme Court ruling would result in more death. Evidently, he was drinking the same Kool-Aid as that bunch over at the Violence Policy Center, which this column mentioned here.
The new ruling stipulates that Chicago must abandon its current gun law — a statute put in place to curb violence and protect emergency responders, such as police officers and EMTs. Now that these protections have been overturned, it is imperative that the city moves quickly to enact responsible handgun regulations, so we can secure our neighborhoods and prevent these weapons from falling into the hands of criminals.—Sen. Roland Burris
As painful as it was to read about Daley’s arrogant effort to regulate the Second Amendment right into oblivion, Burris left no doubt that he is bereft of common sense.
One Associated Press report about the passage of Daley’s new handgun law — which this column discussed here yesterday — quoted Chicago resident Mary Fitts, who complained that “there’s just too much killing going on; we need protection.” Fitts had come from her South Side home to watch the council adopt the new handgun law.
News Flash for Mary: All of that killing has been going on while Chicago’s handgun ban has been in effect. One recent weekend saw 52 people shot, eight of them fatally. That happened before the high court ruled that the Second Amendment applies to the states.
“These so-called ‘public safety’ laws only put decent law-abiding citizens at a dangerous disadvantage when it comes to their personal safety, and I for one am glad that this decades-long era of defective thinking on gun issues is over,” Fox wrote in the statement, released this week.”—Jackson County DA Gerald R. Fox
Back in Wisconsin, DA Fox issued a statement that he would stop prosecuting charges against people for carrying uncased or loaded guns in their automobiles, and he is sure not going to prosecute anyone for carrying a concealed handgun. Wisconsin is one of two states that has no concealed carry statute. The other state is — TA DA! — Illinois, home of Chicago and its Duke of Demagoguery Richard Daley.
All of this leaves the small staff at the Bellevue, WA-based Second Amendment Foundation rolling their eyes and shaking their heads. Daley just got his backside kicked in court, and already he is setting the stage for more litigation, an odd endeavor considering that a new Rasmussen survey shows the overwhelming majority of Americans are not on his side. SAF’s Alan Gottlieb, who also chairs the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, reveled in the news.
Today, we are witnessing a new revolution in which America is rejecting the demagoguery of gun banners like Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Court rulings and the Constitution are on our side. We will keep fighting until firearms freedom is fully restored and liberty is secured.”—Alan Gottlieb
DA Fox is probably not going to win any accolades from gun prohibitionists, but he is soon to become a celebrity among gun owners, one can practically guarantee that.
Earlier Friday the Associated Press did a story on all of the smaller gun rights groups that have sprung up in recent years, doing things that the National Rifle Association allegedly has not been doing. The story did not mention SAF or its sister organization, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, probably because they are smaller national groups. Both have been involved in legal actions with NRA in recent years, such as the successful joint lawsuits against the San Francisco handgun ban and Seattle city parks gun ban.
With guys like Daley around, chances are they’ll have ample opportunity to partner up again.
Now, here’s wishing everyone a Happy Fourth of July weekend. Head to a gun range, and remind yourselves what liberty is all about.
Also: Don’t forget to visit yesterday’s column and answer the questions about defining “reasonable regulations.”
For more info: Second Amendment Foundation. Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
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