In a press conference Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago expressed his “100 percent” support for Police Chief Garry McCarthy, who recently referred to law-abiding gun owners as agents of political corruption and has been under attack by the black caucus of aldermen for his inability to reduce violence in their neighborhoods.
Attacking legal gun ownership has been the default position for Emanuel, McCarthy, and nearly all the Democrat candidates in the election to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. as the utter failure of their policies to help the citizens of Chicago becomes more apparent with each murder on the streets.
McCarthy, who spoke with Bill Cameron on WLS AM 890 last Sunday, expressed his conviction that firearms owners who lobby their elected representatives or who donate money to political campaigns are engaged in corruption that endangers public safety. He also went on to express his belief that judges and legislators should rely on public opinion polls – rather than the law – when interpreting the Constitution.
After dismissing the citizen’s right to redress grievances, McCarthy took aim at the 2nd Amendment, opining that it limits citizens to owning smooth-bore muskets and supports mandatory liability insurance for firearm owners as well as the mandatory application of GPS tracking devices to civilian owned firearms.
McCarthy may be wincing on the inside at Rahm’s gesture; the last time he offered his “100 percent support” was to Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, who “resigned” just after the teachers strike concluded.