Chicago’s police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, claims that carrying a firearm is the gateway to committing murder.
“If people don’t go to jail for possession of a firearm, they don’t learn not to carry a firearm. Carrying a firearm is the gateway crime to committing a murder,” McCarthy said. “We’ve got more than 130 examples so far this year … of individuals who would’ve been incarcerated if that law was in effect.”
It sounds as though Garry McCarthy is talking about the people released by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, charged under a law deemed unconstitutional by the Illinois State Supreme Court in a 9-0 decision.
This includes one man, Edward Hambrick, formerly of South Dakota, who had a South Dakota carry permit and a FOID card who was arrested and held for 14 months in Cook County jail because he wouldn’t take a plea bargain.
If carrying a firearm is a gateway to committing murder, why then do his police officers carry firearms?
I know I’ve carried a firearm for the last 13 plus years and not only have I not murdered anyone, I haven’t had any urges to do so.
To keep my blood pressure in check, I have to remember this is the same Garry McCarthy who said early this year that he would train his officers to shoot licensed civilians with guns.
He’s also had his fair share of problems with drinking and a hot temper, including at least one criminal conviction.