Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mayor Daley: Violence Proves Chicago's Handgun Ban Is Needed

Yeah, a SCOUT ruling on Chicago's gun ban will be a long fight even if the justices knock it down as unconstitutional.
Mayor Richard M. Daley defended the Chicago's handgun ban Tuesday after a spate of shootings that left 10 people dead and dozens wounded, saying the violence bolsters the city's argument that the 1982 ordinance is needed.
Daley said the city must continue to fight against handguns even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the ban as unconstitutional. The court is expected to rule later this month.
"Look at all the guns that shot people this weekend. Where did they come from? That is the issue," Daley said at a South Side high school Tuesday.

Ten people have been killed and more than 60 others wounded by gunfire since Friday, city officials said. Daley said about 75 percent of the recent shootings involved people who knew each other.
Chicago officials have said that if the Supreme Court rules against the city, they would look for ways to change gun restrictions so they aren't unconstitutional. Chicago's ordinance that makes it illegal to possess or sell handguns in the city.
This AP article may well have found one supporter of continued gun control in Chicago:
Beatrice Sumlin, who raised her children on the city's South Side and said she knows lots of people whose children joined gangs, agreed with the mayor on the danger of family and friends hurting each other.

"People get in heated arguments, drinking and what have you," said Sumlin, 70.
A lot of people who discuss guns will just point to incidents where the people who were shot knew each other. People got drunk and started shooting. I still have to question if that's a good reason to not allow otherwise clear thinking people from purchasing a gun. But to be sure yeah, there are those who shouldn't be anywhere near a gun.

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