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Congratulations To Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy For Calling It Like It Is Regarding Guns And Violence

June 29, 2011

There are times for blunt statements when matters are so serious, and out of control that a more mild rebuke would be a mere waste of time.  That is what Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has done in regards to the epidemic of gun sales and the resulting killings and bloodshed that naturally follows.  While  McCarthy is taking heat for his statements it should be noted that this man has been involved with law enforcement for a long time which has allowed the gritty side of too many guns on the streets to have made a deep impression.

There is no question that gun manufacturers are reaping mountains of money and living lavishly while the inner city poor too often are the victims of these weapons.  It is also a fact that inner city poor are disproportionately from the minority communities.

That the NRA has their undies bunched from too much butt-puckering over the truth is really just too bad.  More members of  law enforcement need to stand up and comment with the same bluntness that Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has demonstrated.

Caffeinated Politics congratulates Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy!

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy earlier this month told parishioners at  St. Sabina’s Church that federal gun laws are akin to “government-sponsored racism.”

“I want you to connect one more dot on that chain of 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 black and brown children,”  he said according to an WMAQ-Channel 5 story that aired Thursday.

McCarthy can be heard telling the congregation in the video about the NRA, “The NRA does not like me, and I’m OK with that.”

McCarthy went on to say that in the debate about gun control, there has to be “a recognition of who’s paying the price for gun manufacturers being rich and living in gated communities.”

McCarthy told parishioners an anecdote about a brutal night of killings in Newark, N.J., where he was previously head of the police department. McCarthy said that after he got home that night, he turn on the TV to relax, and tuned in to Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

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

McCarthy also told parishioners that “everybody is afraid of race. I’m not afraid of race.”

In a statement Thursday, McCarthy said “strong gun laws against illegal firearms are critical in order to maintain public safety and private rights.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dale Lehner permalink
    June 30, 2011 4:15 PM

    And as I pointed out last time in the link I sent, homicides (by guns) has been trending downward although the (your word: ‘epidemic’) number of guns sold has been increasing. Those are DOJ charts and not NRA charts that tell you that gun homicides are at 1975 levels now.http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/homicide/weapons.cfm (oh, gosh, plus the number of people in the US has been increasing at the same time! More people,more guns, and fewer homicides. What could it mean?)

    It is not the gun, it is the age of the perpetrator that kills. Perhaps we should do something about that.

  2. James permalink
    June 30, 2011 11:19 AM

    Maybe McCarthy should be calling for allowing his lawful citizens to be able to CCW. Also, since he wants to play the race card, why doesn’t he mention the racist roots that most gun control legislation was born in? Why doesn’t he address the entertainment culture that celebrates illegal gun use, drugs, and paints a prison sentence a right of passage? So much easier for the simple-minded to blame guns and gun manufacturers than to address the root-cause issues.

  3. June 30, 2011 1:56 AM

    Our drug laws, not the firearm laws, are the actual cause of most criminal violence. Changing that policy will have a far more positive result than trying to do an end-around on the Second Amendment.

    Historical data backs this up: Look at the shoot-outs in the streets when booze was banned. After Prohibition was repealed those crimes practically went away. Violent shootings then started increasing again after Nixon declared the War on Drugs….

  4. Bitterclinger permalink
    June 30, 2011 12:54 AM

    Any law enforcement officer who refuses to recognize the right of legal persons to exercise their second amendment right to keep and bear arms should be removed from duty just as any officer who advocates the restraint of any other civil right. The guns are racist hyperbole is nonsensical, felons aren’t allowed to possess weapons, that issue is the only one needing enforcement.

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