Brian Hughes send this great piece of analysis last night:
Fox News brings transparency to the agenda of the lawmakers in Illinois who are attempting to infringe on our Second Amendment rights.
Apparently we, as law abiding citizens, are an easy target for these elected officials to enact new laws to govern.
As a collective group, we pose the least threat to increasing the population an already overcrowded prison system.
My vote would be for Springfield to focus first on solving our serious budget issue, second on opening new prisons to keep those that choose to not obey the law contained (rather than figuring out ways to get them out sooner)…
Chicago’s efforts against illegal firearm possession may face Statehouse obstacles
(FoxNews) – As Chicago leaders push for a statewide mandatory minimum prison sentence of three and a half years for illegal firearm possession in Illinois, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy made the case for urgency Monday by telling the story of an arrest this week in which police checked on a convicted felon and discovered he had a stolen and loaded Cat-9 9mm handgun.
McCarthy went through other tales of SWAT teams and cops bursting in on convicted felons to find .38 caliber Smith and Wessons, .45 caliber Glocks, .357s, and 38 specials. The guns typically are loaded, impossible to register and illegal — both in how they are purchased and that they are in the possession of habitual, violent criminals.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, McCarthy and District Attorney Anita Alvarez are calling for legislation to toughen the penalty for illegal firearm possession, as well as so-called truth-in-sentencing laws, intended to prevent convicts from being released after serving just a fraction of their time and returning to their violent lifestyle.
You’re damn right it’s facing obstacles.
For multiple reasons:
1. Chicago isn’t aggressively charging bad guys. Criminals routinely plea bargain away gun charges, despite Illinois’ existing “minimum mandatory” prison sentence for unlawful use of weapons.
2. Illinois isn’t keeping bad guys in prison anywhere near the length of their sentences. Prison time in Illinois is a joke. A ten year sentence means about three to four years in the pokey, if that.
3. There’s NOTHING Chicago wants that we’re not going to oppose, be it red light cameras or stricter gun laws. Chicago has dragged its feet slow-walking the court-mandated enactment of a shall-issue carry law since the decision was announced. We’re encouraging downstate representatives to slow-walk everything Chicago wants.