The New York Times has now mapped all the ways Chicagoans, who arguably have some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country and only recently were allowed to possess them, get their guns. The maps and accompanying article are an attempt to spin the massive logic problem Rahm and other gun-banners face: that the war-torn, violence-and-murder-ridden city has banned guns up till recently.
It’s an awkward fact that led Newt Gingrich to suggest that the House hold hearings in this “murder capital of the world.”
But the new line from gun-control advocates is that now it’s the suburbs’ fault (or Mississippi’s, according to one NY Times map). The Times quotes Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
Our gun strategy is only as strong as it is comprehensive, and it is constantly being undermined by events and occurrences happening outside the city — gun shows in surrounding counties, weak gun laws in neighboring states like Indiana and the inability to track purchasing…This must change.
And Emanuel adviser David Spielfogel:
Chicago is not an island…We’re only as strong as the weakest gun law in surrounding states.
The NY Times’s mapping project all seem to underscore one fact: that Chicagoans don’t get their guns in Chicago (how could they?). Moreover, the data only comes from guns the Chicago Police Department “recovered between 2001 and March 2012.” So it doesn’t include those possessed by law-abiding, criminal-history-lacking, self-defense-seeking single females such as myself.
(If only the New York Times applied itself as exhaustively to mapping out the chain of events that occurred in Benghazi rather than where gun-shop-lacking Chicagoans buy their guns.)
You can see where this is going. As with the non-stimulating stimulus, they’ll say we need to double down on gun laws in order to prove they work. First the state of Illinois, and then those states that neighbor Illinois, and then….
Rahm’s adviser is right, the Machine-controlled Progressive Paradise of Chicago isn’t just an island. We’ve already sent our community-organizer to the highest office in the land. Our gun policies, our corruption, our hundreds of miles of protected bike lanes, and of course, our deficits, will come to you next.
Don’t lose all hope, as I’ve written about before, there is a revolution sparking in Chicago. And it’s not coming from the Republican establishment but from a group of urban grassroots activists who’ve had enough, embraced the conservative message, and are taking it upon themselves to fight Rahm’s Democratic Machine. Remember Paul McKinley and his Broke Party, and our efforts to show him he’s not alone?