Federal gun laws don’t kill people

The following is a portion of a speech from Chicago’s new top cop Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaking to parishoners (sic) at St. Sabina Church in June. In this speech, McCarthy detailed that the NRA and Sarah Palin are a part of government sponsored racism and the reason for the murder rate in his fair city.

“So here’s what I want to tell you. See, let’s see if we can make a connection here. Slavery. Segregation. Black codes. Jim Crow. What, what did they all have in common? Anybody getting’ scared? Government sponsored racism.”

“Now I want you to connect one more dot on that chain of the African American history in this country, and tell me if I’m crazy. Federal gun laws that facilitate the flow of illegal firearms, into our urban centers across this country, that are killing our black and brown children,” he said.

“The NRA does not like me, and I’m okay with that. We’ve got to get the gun debate back to center, and it’s got to come with the recognition of who’s paying the price for the gun manufacturers being rich and living in gated communities,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy illustrated his point by recalling a crime scene investigation while he was a police official in Newark, New Jersey where five children were shot, two of whom were killed. McCarthy said when he got home, he turned on his television to unwind and find an episode of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” showing.

“She was caribou hunting and talking about the right to bear arms. Why wasn’t she at the crime scene with me?”

Source: http://www.wlsam.com/Article.asp?id=2221691&spid=

What McCarthy did not mention is that Federal gun laws don’t kill people, people kill people. It’s almost a ridiculous point to argue, but if the Federal Government somehow managed to overturn The Second Amendment is McCarthy arguing that there would be less murder in Chicago? What McCarthy, and his ilk, fail to cover are the assailants of the crime. He made no mention of an assailant. Then again, doing so would probably be too judgmental. It can’t have anything to do with the particular assailants of the crimes in question. It can’t have anything to do with the permissive culture that McCarthy most assuredly favors. It can’t have anything to do with the meteoric rise of single-parent homes in communities such as McCarthy’s that are facilitated by Federal Government entitlement programs, and it can’t have anything to do with the failures of the legal system when it comes to incarcerating those responsible for killing the two individuals McCarthy references and the five that were shot. No, we have to dig deeper into this societal issue. We have to find the core problem of our society. We have to understand what makes them want to murder each other on such a grand scale, and when Superintendent McCarthy does guess who he finds? Sarah Palin.

“Why do you have to shoot me?” an innocent victim pleads.

“Sarah Palin,” the assailant says. “Didn’t you see last week’s episode? Yeah, she shot a caribou, then bragged about it and said something about the right to bear arms.”

“That fool!”

“Yeah,” says the assailant. “Now you understand why I feel compelled to do this. Sorry brotha!”

McCarthy then says: “We’ve got to get the gun debate back to center, and it’s got to come with the recognition of who’s paying the price for the gun manufacturers being rich and living in gated communities.” So, if we taxed gun manufacturers more, or limited their profit by government fiat, we would have less guns and thus less crime? Let’s set up a theoretical scenario here and say that they might get guns anyway. Let’s say that we passed the strictest gun laws in the world, and let’s say that murders still occurred. Let’s say these people are criminals, and they operate outside the law. Let’s say that they don’t register with a gun store, wait a three day period, and responsibly register themselves in a database that can be easily accessed by law enforcement officials to track them down. What would happen if murder rates remained exactly as they appear today? What the heck do we do then Superintendent?

I heard a beautiful phrase to sum this up one time. If we outlaw guns, outlaws will still get guns. It’s the law-abiding citizen that will be hindered in his or her ability to gain protection. I know, I know, watch the judgmental logic. An irresponsible leader might come along and wash my mouth out with soap.

McCarthy’s turn on logic calls to mind an episode of South Park when Mr. Garrison storms in on the kids playing in a sandbox, and he says, “Boys have you seen my penis. If you see it, try to catch it with a piece of cheese.”

To this, Butters replied: “Ow! That hurt my brains. Ow!”

McCarthy’s logic is also similar to the arguments made by Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro when they speak to their people and blame America for every evil that befalls their people. Chicago voters shouldn’t blame Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy for an increase in crime. It’s America’s fault. The question that remains is is McCarthy taking his cues from Castro and Chavez, or does McCarthy have a thing or two to teach the two of them with this newfangled idea that the NRA protecting individual gun rights and Sarah Palin hunting caribou and talking about gun rights leads to the “killing our black and brown children.” In other words, if Castro and Chavez’s repetitive, “blame America first” arguments grow old on their people. “It’s Sarah Palin’s fault. Try it out. Give it a spin. I think you’ll see it gets great mileage.”

I realize I’m taking a broad step in logic when I say this, but I believe Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy argument may come from the same portion of the brain—that which is devoid of logic—that involved Sarah Palin’s X’s on an electoral map in the Jared Loughner shooting in Tucson. As the esteemed Butters has warned us, these are not arguments to which one should use the portion of their brain that facilitates logic. It hurts.


One thought on “Federal gun laws don’t kill people

  1. “…the flow of illegal firearms, into our urban centres across this country, that are killing our black and brown children”
    What about “our” innocent white children killed in the crossfire? Do they merit no acknowledgement?
    Here in Germany the Jewish community, which also suffered a form of “Government sponsored racism,” is slowly building itself back. One doesn’t see anyone forced to justify or make any excuses for them killing in the streets with automatic weapons, promote violent misogyny and homophobia in their music, wear their trousers down to their ankles and engage in various other anti-social behaviour. I am very sympathetic to the black community’s history of abuse and persecution. But I am equally convinced by people like Bill Cosby who declare that the solution lies in their leadership, families and communities and not in an outdated persecution complex 40 years after the initiation of the Great Society.


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