Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chicago Columnist: Bad Guys Don't Obey Gun Laws

By Richard Roeper/Chicago Sun-Times Columnist ~ If we could start at Square One, with only law enforcement and the military in possession of guns, great.

But that's Utopia, not Chicago. In Chicago, any gang-banging thug who wants a gun can get a gun. A lot of people can get a gun more easily than they can get a credit card.

We can debate forever about whether owning a gun makes your home a safer or a more dangerous environment -- but I've said it before, and I'll say it now:

If you live in this city and you believe the best way to protect yourself, your family and your house is to own firearms, you should be able to do so legally.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has reversed a ruling upholding Chicago's gun ban, sending the case back to a lower court. Mayor Daley responded by saying the City Council will immediately start considering new gun control measures.

Let's be real here. With the handgun ban in effect, three were killed and more than two dozen were shot in Chicago last weekend. The weekend prior to that, some 60 people were shot, and 10 were killed.

I don't think the bad guys are waiting around for the courts to rule so they can go out and legally purchase weapons.

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