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Gun Control, Chicago-Style

The shameless hypocrisy of Windy City politicians

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Last week, the body of Chicago school board president Michael Scott was found in the Chicago River with a single bullet wound in his head. The big story was that this powerful, well-connected public official had, according to the county medical examiner, committed suicide. The less-noticed story was that he did it with an illegal weapon.

After all, handgun ownership is not allowed in the city of Chicago, which has one of the strictest gun control laws in the country, and Scott killed himself with a .380-caliber sidearm.

Unlike most Chicagoans, Scott could have been a legal handgun owner. Because he had it before the ban was enacted, he was allowed to register and keep it. But the police department says he never did. By having it in the city, Scott was guilty of an offense that could have gotten him jail time.

Amazingly enough, he was not the first local public official to take the view that firearms restrictions are something for other, ordinary people to observe. Chicago politicians are zealously committed to gun control in law but fairly relaxed about it in practice.

In 1994, State Sen. Rickey Hendon had an unregistered handgun stolen from his home in a burglary, and he didn't feign contrition about his disregard of the ordinance.

"I have a right to protect myself," he declared, noting that he had been burglarized before—and forgetting that the state legislature of which he is a member allows Illinois cities to deprive their citizens of that right. Asked if he would replace the lost piece, Hendon said, "No comment." The police were kind enough not to charge him.

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, another Chicagoan, has endorsed a nationwide ban on handguns and, in 1993, organized Chicago's first Gun Turn-in Day. But the following year, while running unsuccessfully for governor, he admitted he owned a handgun—"for protection," he explained—and hadn't seen fit to turn it in along with those other firearms. Lesser mortals apparently can protect themselves with forks and spoons.

Scott was shot in the abdomen while chasing a burglar in 1988, so it's understandable that he would appreciate the value of having the means to defend himself against criminals. But that understanding didn't extend to the needs of ordinary Chicagoans. When the city gun ban was challenged in court, the board of education that he headed filed a brief defending Chicago's right "to prohibit classes of arms in order to prevent crime and protect public safety."

A law banning handguns, in Scott's view, was necessary to protect public safety. But when it came to protecting his private safety, he somehow perceived the law to be a hindrance, not a help.

Does his attitude carry the distinct tang of hypocrisy? Yes, but that's not out of the ordinary for Chicago politicians. Under a state law dating back to 1872, mayors and aldermen are designated peace officers. And, conveniently, peace officers are permitted to not only own but carry handguns.

That makes aldermen a special class in Illinois, one of only two states with an almost complete ban on the carrying of concealed handguns. In most places, an adult with no criminal record or history of psychiatric commitment can get a concealed-carry license after taking a training class.

But here, we have a unique system. You want to be able to pack a weapon in public for your safety? Fine. All you have to do is 1) run for the city council and 2) win.

Why the state assumes that aldermen are fit for this prerogative is a mystery. "Law-abiding" is not the very first word that comes to mind when you think of the city council. Since 1972, 27 of its members have been convicted on charges involving malfeasance, misfeasance, nonfeasance, disfeasance, and anti-feasance with mopery aforethought.

It would be hard to come up with a group of people that has proven itself less deserving of blanket trust. The most recent convict, Arenda Troutman, got four years in prison for bribery after being caught on tape attesting that "most aldermen, most politicians are ho's." At a 1991 neighborhood meeting that got rowdy, Ald. Dorothy Tillman reportedly pulled out her handgun and waved it pugnaciously.

In Chicago, only criminals and aldermen are armed. Forgive me for being redundant.

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104 responses to “Gun Control, Chicago-Style

  1. Forgive me for being redundant.

    Heh.

  2. No freakin way, first of the day! woot! woot!

    I wonder what the other state with the near-complete ban was? I am moving out of Maryland, they had virtually impossible to get CCPs.

    1. CA is another state to avoid. While it appears to be a carry-state, the decision to issue a permit resides with the county sheriff. So only cronies and the politically connected can get a permit. The peons can just die….

      1. The Good Ole Boys of the NRA. I bet that’s a tight knit club

    2. Wisconsin is the other state.

  3. I wonder what the ratio is of politicians who think of themselves primarily as minor nobility to politicians who think of themselves primarily as public servants.

  4. The same ratio of “good” cops to “bad” cops.

    1. Well said Naga. Well said. Good to see you around again.

      1. I’m still around. Just don’t post much anymore. I’m not up til almost noon central time usually.

  5. “the body of Chicago school board president Michael Scott was found in the Chicago River with a single bullet wound in his head”

    He drowned and then someone shot his corpse.

    1. with a rifle. y’know, target practice on a piece of floatsam.

      1. What kind of rifle? M1s are nice, the late WWII US issues. I want one of those.

  6. Just glad it wasn’t the guy from Dundler Miffliin.

  7. “Scott was shot in the abdomen while chasing a burglar in 1988.”

    Obviously a burglar with a hard-to-conceal rifle since he couldn’t get a license to carry a handgun.

    1. Who said it’s the burglar who shot him? Maybe Scott is simply singularly unskillful.

  8. Michael Scott is a role model for all politicians.

    1. Well said cmace. They can learn of him.

  9. Suck on this.

  10. ‘charges involving malfeasance, misfeasance, nonfeasance, disfeasance, and anti-feasance…’

    hunting feasance? no?

  11. ‘charges involving malfeasance, misfeasance, nonfeasance, disfeasance, and anti-feasance…’

    hunting feasance? no?

  12. ‘charges involving malfeasance, misfeasance, nonfeasance, disfeasance, and anti-feasance’

    hunting feasance?

  13. ‘charges involving malfeasance, misfeasance, nonfeasance, disfeasance, and anti-feasance..’

    hunting feasance out of season?

    1. Gun control in Chi-town is an easy target for Chapman. But this article actually doesn’t suck and that was a chuckle worthy turn of phrase.
      Yeah, the pols in this town are some of the most blatant hypocrites around.

  14. Yes, but at least we can be content that the American public would never be so foolish as to elect someone from the corrupt political cesspool that is Chicago to a high national office.

    Benjamin

    Note to self: That’s racist!

    1. You didn’t say HIGHEST national office, so you’re off the hook for being a racist. But be careful!

    2. Not really racist…I hate his white half, too!

  15. From the article:
    By having it in the city, Scott was guilty of an offense that could have gotten him jail time.

    Chapman isn’t kidding about the jail time either. As i’ve repeatedly pointed out on H&R, it’s a minimum mandatory sentence for having any illegal gun (pretty much anything other than a

  16. Under a state law dating back to 1872, mayors and aldermen are designated peace officers. And, conveniently, peace officers are permitted to not only own but carry handguns.

    This is interesting not just for the hypocrisy. Every gun control fanatic I’ve ever heard or met holds it as an article of faith that handguns are completely utterly useless for self-defense; in fact worse than useless. So I would expect that Chicago’s mayor and aldermen would be lobbying the state house for a repeal of this law.

    If, that is, these jerkoffs believed one fucking word that they were saying.

  17. Darn hamster ate the end of my post..

    …other than a hunting rifle or shotgun. Minimum of 5 days in jail and $300.
    http://newsblogs.chicagotribun…..-guns.html

    But HEY, if you’re a city big wig (or a relative) you have little to worry ’bout.

  18. “At a 1991 neighborhood meeting that got rowdy, Ald. Dorothy Tillman reportedly pulled out her handgun and waved it pugnaciously.”

    She’s also discharged it into the ceiling at City Hall in an attempt to calm the other Council members and, y’know, achieve a sense of decorum.

  19. Welcome my friends,
    Welcome, to ……. the machiiiiiiiine.

    Apologies to Roger Waters.

  20. It’s not just alderman, other city officials can have them too, (so can their bodyguards). They just have to re-register them every year, but most of them forget. So basically anyone politically connected in Chicago has a legal handgun. But not the rest of us.

    Of course a few years ago Daley rammed through a measure that did not let retiring cops keep their guns, which they always have done before and I assume most cities allow. So he doesn’t want cops protecting themselves either. Sucks to be you if you made some enemies of gangmembers.

    1. Eh,
      These would be the last people i’d worry about.
      Once a cop always a cop. They can’t seem to bust each other even for flagrant DUIs or Assault (unless recorded on video, OOPS!). The odds of the ‘blue line’ being crossed for simply having a handgun … nil.

  21. The less-noticed story was that he did it with an illegal weapon.

    Personally, it was the first thing I noticed.

    1. I’m not surprised at all. There are a lot of illegal unregistered weapons out there.

      The scariest bit is the exact number is unknown.

  22. Well the gun control laws must be working because I saw the recent videos where the thugs there had to beat each other to death with 2×4’s in the streets.

    Obviously these thugs were afraid of the extra time they would have to serve if they used a gun in their murders.

    Now why won’t Chicago get serious about banning these dangerous construction materials? Maybe install some wood detectors in the schools?

    1. Of course, the chicago pols are working around the clock on 2×4 control laws as we speak.

      -jcr

    2. Railroad spikes don’t kill people, people kill people with railroad spikes.

  23. Corrupt govt and police dept, ridiculously high taxes (to fund the corrupt govt and police dept), and laws like this. Fuck Chicago.

  24. And that red-faced fat fuck of a mayor has bitch-boy piggies guarding him.

    If I ever get mugged in Chicago, they won’t be enough to protect you, Daley.

  25. The only thing worth while in Chicago is CBOT.

    1. The only reason to ever join law enforcement? CCW nationwide.

      Crazy Ted Nugent got that one right.

      1. That’s an interesting idea. What if the sheriff of some small town were to deputize anyone who applied? No salary, it would be like being a volunteer firefighter. You’d provide your own weapon, and pay a nominal application fee which would cover the cost of the badge.

        -jcr

        1. That’s exactly what Nugent did.

          1. But…Nugent is an elite in that right…

  26. Where is the MSM on this?

    If politicians who oppose legal recognition of same-sex “marriage” were to go to the Netherlands to “marry” their gay lovers, the MSM would be screaming bloody murder!

    1. Best Comment I read all month!

      1. Indeed.

        It shows the level of MSM malpractice.

        If politicians who opposed legal recognition of same-sex “marriage” were to practice hypocrisy to the extent that Chicago politicians who support Chicago-style gun control practice hypocrisy, the debate over same-sex “marriage” would become very different.

  27. The first thing I noticed is how someone who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound up floating in a river. Did he decide to go for a swim after shooting himself in the head?

    1. I do wonder who had him suicided.

      Supposedly he was involved in land deals around the Olympics.

  28. An updated Vincent Foster? More likely he was shot and then dumped.

  29. From my cold, dead hands.

  30. Wow didn’t know the good peeps of Chicago couldn’t have a gun? Didn’t you all vote for the chicagocontrol/chicagostyle obamanator?

  31. Chicago ruins Illinois. If it weren’t for Chicago, Illinois would be a normal, moderate-conservative state with very liberty-minded gun laws. However, because Chicago and the ‘burbs represent such a large portion of out population (just under half, I believe) we get stuck with boobs like Blagojevich and Quinn running our state.

    Mayors and Aldermen in Chicago see themselves as medieval-style lords. Of course they think they are above the law.

  32. Here’s the story on how gun control came to Chicago. How many people know that a made member of the Chicago Mob pushed the legislation through City Council?

    http://nalert.blogspot.com/200…..ering.html

  33. As well as it should be. Only the gangsters have the guns. It’s Chicago.

  34. Well their mentality in Washington is exactly the same for medical care. When all is said and done, only the elected officials will keep the insurance they now have…the rest of us will be at the mercy of the bureaucrats.

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  36. When your core beliefs are that you are a morally enlightened progressive intellectual who exists to use Government to plan the economy and protect the ignorant masses from themselves the laws really are just for the little people.

  37. No surprise that Chicago politicans are as crooked as the letter S but shocking that they are allowed to arm themselves while simultaneously denying the rights of the public.
    A sad state of affairs; and these are the same people that want national gun laws. They want them even though there has never been a proven correlation between strict gun laws and crime rates.

  38. “Amazingly enough, he was not the first local public official to take the view that firearms restrictions are something for other, ordinary people to observe.” Why? Can’t they just dial 9-1-1?

  39. “…Scott killed himself with a .380-caliber sidearm.”

    That’s a story all in itself. Where the hell did he find .380 ammo??

    1. I have some for sale…but Chicagoans need not apply.

    2. The man no doubt enjoyed risk, or was not the sharpest rag in the bag. He did commit suicide which makes the latter seem likely, but he did it with a .380 acp lucky the bullet didn’t just stick in his skull

  40. “Unlike most Chicagoans, Scott could have been a legal handgun owner.”
    What can we do about it in the future?

  41. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on.

  42. Indeed, however a minimum of we are able to end up being content material how the United states open public would not end up being therefore unreasonable regarding choose somebody in the virus ridden political cesspool that’s Chi town to some higher nationwide workplace. Watch Penn And & Teller Bullshit Season 8 Episode 5

  43. This really is fascinating not only for that hypocrisy. Each and every weapon manage fanatic I have heard or even fulfilled retains it as being articles associated with belief which handguns tend to be totally absolutely ineffective with regard to self-defense; actually even worse compared to ineffective. And so i might anticipate which Chicago’s gran as well as aldermen will be lobbying hawaii home for any repeal of the legislations.

  44. Hypocrisy indeed and to moderate the cause in a very gun strict place, suicide is the best reason.

  45. You can see it in press accounts that blur still more boundaries, so that there seems to be little difference between a terror cell and a Tea Party.

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  47. It clearly does send off a ‘hypocrisy alarm’. The matter obviously needs a deeper observation in order to balance the act in a proper fashion

  48. As always federal firearms laws and any other laws for that matter don’t seem to apply to officials.

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  51. Wow. How ironic….his own policies ended up being the reason for the loss of his own life. Sad.

  52. Since 1972, 27 of its members have been convicted on charges involving malfeasance, misfeasance, nonfeasance, disfeasance, and anti-feasance with mopery aforethought.

    Are any of these felonies. I don’t think you can be law enforcement if convicted of a felony. Maybe that is a way you can get rid of these crazy politicians. They are a disgrace to the city.

  53. Those were not the best policies now where they

  54. Now those were not the best policies now were they?

  55. Everyone should have a gun as long as a person passed all the requirements according to the law. We should protect ourselves and our property at all times. A suitable wireless alarms system is another thing that every household must have. We can’t rely our personal safety with these politicians.

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  58. I just can’t understand why people would turn to suicide when things get rough. It is rather ironic that he shot himself with a gun that he himself helped outlaw..

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  60. Hey Chicago, here in America guns helped set us free…

  61. Thank god I live in AZ now where you can carry a gun anywhere you want as long as your not a convicted felon

  62. Thank god I live in MO now where you can carry a gun anywhere you want as long as your not a convicted felon!

  63. This is a very sad story and it’s a real shame that it had to go down the way it did.

  64. Fighting with weapons for freedom is one thing but ending up in a ditch with a hole in your head from an illegal shotgun is another.

  65. There are pros and cons to both sides, but to say you want to ban guns but own one at the same time is just hypocritical!
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