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    http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/10...guns02.article

    August 2, 2008 BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter/fspielman@suntimes.com

    Mayor Daley on Friday cracked the door open to abandoning the costly fight to uphold Chicago's 1982 handgun freeze -- if he can fashion a replacement ordinance that protects the safety of first-responders.

    Until now, Daley had promised to defend Chicago's ordinance all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite what he called the dangerous precedent set by the court.

    On June 26, the Supreme Court overturned a Washington, D.C., handgun ban on grounds that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to possess a handgun in your home for self-defense.

    The National Rifle Association then filed lawsuits seeking to overturn handgun bans in Chicago, Morton Grove, Evanston and Oak Park.

    Wilmette and Morton Grove preemptively repealed their bans.

    Now that both suburbs have thrown in the towel, and newspaper editorials have urged Daley to do the same to save millions in legal costs on a fight he can't win, he appears to be having second thoughts.

    At a news conference called to tout the 6,848 guns collected at last week's gun turn-in program, Daley was asked point-blank whether he would continue the legal fight to keep Chicago's handgun ban.

    "We don't know yet. ... We're not gonna run away. We're gonna try to figure this out," he said.

    Under further questioning, the mayor said city attorneys would simultaneously contest the law and work on a possible replacement.

    Chicagoans with guns in their homes might be required to have insurance to protect taxpayers from frivolous lawsuits, he said.

    "We're talking about putting first-responders in a very, very delicate position of people being armed without being notified how many guns they have in their homes," Daley said. "We have to be able to fashion a law that truly protects first-responders and protects the citizens."

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    Once again, LAC aren't a danger to first responders. Criminals who already violate the law and will have guns no matter what and will pose a potential danger to first responders regardless of any law because criminals by definition don't follow the law.

    How does he and other Chicago area politicians not understand this?
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

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    Daley and his 'machine' will never, ever actually concede defeat on any issue that provides them with any kind of political leverage. They may say they'll consider change, but all they'll do is come up with a 'legal' way of doing the same thing or making it so onerous as to be nearly impossible to do, similar to DC's onerous registration process.

    I've lived around this city for years and they are truly an oppression oriented outfit. Trust me, Chicago politians/bureaucRATs won't give up an inch of their control.

    The only way to beat them is to pass legislation at the Federal level (the state is owned and operated by the Daley machine. Yes, Obamba is a part of that machine.) forcing specific Constitutional action or inaction on their part. They are pros at infringing on liberty. Heck, they wrote the book on taxes, permits to do business, etc.



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    i still say daley is a piece of **** and needs to be at the very minimum run out of the country

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    deepdiver wrote:
    Once again, LAC aren't a danger to first responders. Criminals who already violate the law and will have guns no matter what and will pose a potential danger to first responders regardless of any law because criminals by definition don't follow the law.

    How does he and other Chicago area politicians not understand this?
    Gotta understand the mentality and nature of the beast. They blame the inanimate object for the evil. Therefore, a Gun can turn a good man into a killer simply for it being there.

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    You know what I'd love to see brought back.

    A good old fashioned ......

    Tar and Feather Party!! :celebrate:celebrate

    for power hungry politicians.



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