A firsthand description of obtaining a Chicago Firearms Permit posted on SomethingAwful (please be aware this is generally a “not safe for work” website.
One of the most frustrating parts to the application process was locating a “state licensed” firearms instructor that would teach an ordinance approved class. I had some other questions that I wanted answered as well, so I called the CPD gun registry department. I admit that I approached the application process with some skepticism, both because the ordinance was so new that nobody was quite sure how it worked and because of the general mentality Chicago has against firearms.
Lt. Dan Marcou brings us another view of violence in Chicago and how we can affect it and what impact the gun violence has had on Chicago’s officers.
His article: Despite ‘no-snitch’ rule, cops clear cases leads in by commending our dedicated officers’ spirit in the face of adversity: citizens and crime victims who will not cooperate and the horrific and increasingly brazen attacks on cops.
Lt. Marcou offers up 6 key reasons why you need to be involved in your neighborhood:
1. No criminal can operate openly on a street corner unless the neighborhood tolerates it.
2. No neighborhood is fit for a child to be raised in when criminals are allowed by neighbors to operate freely in that neighborhood.
3. Police are less effective without citizen cooperation.
4. If a community allows criminals to intimidate them into silence, they will eventually will become prisoners of their own fear.
5. With total community backing, the police can send criminals packing.
6. A criminal commits no crimes in a community during the years he is locked away in a prison.
He points out that Chicago police have cleared 30% of the homicides and 18% of the less-than-fatal shootings. Although this may seem to be a low number, Lt. Marcou believes that this is an “incredible” result considering the code of silence that surrounds violent crime in Chicago.
After a recap of the terrible loss of three officers in the last three months he leaves us with this call to action:
The citizens of those neighborhoods turning a blind eye to the unchecked violence of ruthless gang bangers must decide if they want their children to thrive in the neighborhoods the community chooses to change for the better, or cower in the neighborhoods the gangs destroy.
One thing is certain. While the citizens of Chicago struggle with these issues, thousands of officers of the Chicago Police Department will strap on their duty belt and pin on their badge each day and hit the means streets of the “Windy City” often beleaguered, ever indomitable.
Stay safe, stay strong, stay positive!
Mick Dumke at The Chicago News Cooperative reports that Daley Tries to Combat Perception of Rising Crime
In a novel twist, Daley also claimed credit for drafting a new ordinance allowing the legal registration of handguns in Chicago, even though he didn’t do so until after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling effectively ended the city’s handgun ban.
“I understand some Chicagoans want to be able to keep guns in the home, and I listened to them,” he said.