My son Matthew has arrived at his duty station, which if I read between the lines well enough he is unhappy with. He also brings my attention to a Chicago Sun-Times story. His email:
Well I have arrived in sunny Babylon. I sure wish I could have seen this place when Alexander came through, but it is nothing but sand storms and filthy rain now. I am working in the Protocol section and it has been pretty calm. Just call me C3PO.
I hope everything is going well. I saw your piece on Lindstedt. I can't wait for his reply. What an absolute waste of pig flesh that puke is. But then if I had a wife that looked like that I would hate the world too.
I would like to direct your attention to the following link:
Read the Mayor's comments. What he is threatening the Supreme Court with as well as other government officials is the very real fear that if citizens are armed, then they (the politicians) will be at risk. I believe this gets to the crux of the matter. We will see how that turns out.
Anyway, take care. Please let me know if you will be available this weekend for a call.
The reporter says this ole boy is being "sarcastic"? How can you be sure?
Daley rips Supreme Court on handgun ban stance
March 3, 2010
BY FRAN SPIELMAN
City Hall Reporter
During oral arguments this week, U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled their intention to overturn Chicago’s strictest-in-the-nation handgun ban.
Still, Mayor Daley isn’t giving an inch. In fact, he’s ridiculing the high court for affirming the Second Amendment right to bear arms while sitting in a protective bubble.
“Why can’t I go to the Supreme Court and sit there with a gun and listen to the arguments? If a gun is so important to us on the street or someone’s home, why can’t I go to the Supreme Court and sit there with a gun? I’m not gonna shoot anyone. But, I have a right to that gun,” Daley said, his voice dripping with sarcasm.
“Why can’t I go see my congressman who doesn’t believe in gun laws? Why can’t I carry my gun into congressmen’s offices or go to his home and knock on his door and say, ‘Don’t be worried. I have a gun. You want me to have a gun.’ Why is it they want to be protected by all the federal money ... to protect all the federal bureaucrats, but when it comes to us in the city” there’s no protection?
In a 2008 decision that Daley called “frightening,” the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Washington D.C.’s handgun ban on grounds that the Second Amendment establishes the right to own a handgun for personal self-defense.
At issue now is whether the Second Amendment applies to states as well as the federal government.
Even after overturning the D.C. ban, the Supreme Court specifically said governments can continue to ban people from carrying weapons around schools, public buildings and other situations that might endanger the public.
On Wednesday, Daley once again refused to discuss a fallback position. He was too busy arguing the merits — even in the face of almost certain defeat.
“There’s a reality, but also there should be passion and common sense. We assassinated President John F. Kennedy. We assassinated Martin Luther King. And we assassinated Robert F. Kennedy — and we’re proud of that. That’s the answer to problems with a gun. That is not,” Daley said, again ladling on the sarcasm.
“When a child gets shot or killed, that is a failure of society. Adults should stand up and say, guns don’t solve things in homes or streets. If it was, then everyone here would be carrying a gun in our own corporations.”
The D.C. Council subsequently replaced its overturned law with new regulations that require gun owners to receive five hours of safety training, register their firearms every three years and face criminal background checks every six years.
That just might be a roadmap Chicago is forced to follow.