Oh, wouldn’t that it be rich if this comes to pass? Illinois Republicans are forcing Illinois Democrats to consider “shall issue” concealed carry legislation without exemptions for Cook County or Chicago. If Democrats don’t compromise by June 10, they lose everything, and the citizens of Illinois will be able to carry any gun, any time, anywhere.
In December, a federal appeals court struck down Illinois’ law that stops people from carrying a weapon.
And Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the Illinois State Rifle Association, said that ruling closed the door on many of the “negotiations” that surrounded concealed carry legislation in the past.
“There are certain things that are not negotiable in the process,” Vandermyde said last week at a public hearing.
Concealed carry “will be a ‘shall issue’ permit, there will be no discretion by some bureaucrat as to whether you get to exercise your right,” he said.
“It will be a statewide permit, there will be no carve-out for Chicago. There will be no carve-out for Cook County,” Vandermyde said.
State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, who has authored several concealed-carry laws during his time in Springfield, said the federal court ruling goes even further.
“The clock is still ticking. June 10 is the deadline,” Phelps said. “We filed a bill, a lot of people didn’t think we were going to because we don’t have to. Constitutional carry will set-in if we don’t do something.”
I’m not expecting the murder rate to drop on June 10 no matter what happens, because the real problem in Chicago isn’t guns, but crushing poverty and a destroyed economy that is the result of Democratic party rule:
Fifty-six children — under the age of 18 — met violent ends last year in Chicago, while 133 individuals — nearly one-third of all the murdered victims — never saw their 21st birthdays. Still, the city and the state don’t want to talk about the nightmare that Chicago’s African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods have become. Nobody is asking how the disastrous economy of Illinois is contributing to violence on the streets of Chicago.
Illinois has an unfunded pension deficit of $200 billion. It now lays claim to the worst credit rating in the nation. Single-party rule — controlled by public-employee unions — has created a business climate that is benefiting neighboring states. The black unemployment rate average in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, was 24.2 percent. That is not a typo — the unemployment rate in Chicago’s black community is almost 1 in 4. The overwhelming majority of the murders take place in minority neighborhoods, which implies this is not a gun control issue — “it’s the economy, stupid.”
In Illinois, nobody is talking about the “kick the can down the road” mentality that is killing our children — literally. Elected officials for over a decade have seen their policies fail time after time. They continue down the same path, knowing full well their policies do more economic harm than good. They are more concerned with power than people. The results are higher taxes, fleeing businesses and no jobs. Minority communities get hit the hardest.
Democrats are responsible for turning Detroit into a ghost town, Chicago into a killing field, and both Illinois and California into states with policies that drive away business on their way to bankruptcy. Gun control is now and has always been part of a broader “people control” agenda. Until it is destroyed and liberty is restored, expect every part of America to continue to decline.