Husband, father, cop and ChicagoNow blogger Joe has this monumental post about the Supreme Court reversal of the Chicago handgun ban. It’s well-researched and supported and really shows how support of our Second Amendment Rights spans civilians to law-enforcement.
Here’s Joe’s post:
In Heller, we held that the Second Amendment protects the right to possess a handgun in the home for the purpose of self-defense. Unless considerations of stare decisis counsel otherwise, a provision of the Bill of Rights that protects a right that is fundamental from an American perspective applies equally to the Federal Government and the States. See Duncan, 391 U. S., at 149, and n. 14. We therefore hold that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment incorporates the Second Amend-ment right recognized in Heller. The judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings.
This doesn’t mean that Chicago’s decades-long ban on private ownership of handguns will immediately disappear. Mayor Daley showed that he’s happy to spend as much of your money as it takes to fight this case, even after District of Columbia v. Heller told everyone who was not obsessed with failed notions of “gun control” that Chicago’s handgun ban would not hold up.
Now Daley is discussing new avenues of fighting the inevitable, and will do his best to make legal gun ownership in Chicago a bureaucratic nightmare, a bewildering maze of rules, regulations, and insurance mandates. Rest assured that the brightest minds in the Daley administration are already busy working on ways to turn legal gun ownership into a revenue generator for the city.
As for the Mayor’s concerns that loosening Chicago’s gun ban will put cops in jeopardy? Don’t believe it. The existing ban is an object of derision by every street cop I know, and I don’t know of any officer who has a problem with a law-abiding citizen possessing a handgun in his or her home, or place of business. To go even further, the majority of police officers support the right of law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns for self-defense.
The vast majority of states currently allow citizens to do just that: 37 states have “shall issue” laws allowing citizens to carry handguns, and 11 more have “may issue” laws that allow citizens to carry under certain conditions. Illinois and Wisconsin are now the only two states that do not allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons for any reason.
There is no conclusive evidence that “right to carry” laws cause either an increase or decrease in violent crime. Claims by gun control advocates that more guns lead to more crime are patently false: violent crime rates continued to drop nationally, even as gun sales reached record levels.
It’s worth noting that, even with a handgun ban in effect for nearly 30 years, Chicago’s violent crime rate is double that of New York or Los Angeles. I’ll go out on a limb here and bet that there were not any legally-owned handguns used in the shootings of 54 people across Chicago on Father’s Day weekend.
Cops understand that guns aren’t the problem, especially not guns in the hands of decent, hard-working people like Otis McDonald. The problem lies in the failure of urban politicians to address the pathology in their own constituencies, and to fund and support a criminal justice system that effectively prosecutes and incarcerates violent offenders.