Mayor Daley offers his argument for gun control; Update: Video added

posted at 10:55 am on May 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Today must be Irony Day in the Western Hemisphere.  First we have Cuba calling immigration enforcement “brutal,” and now we have gun-control politicians demonstrating why the founders passed the Second Amendment in the first place.  When challenged by a reporter to explain how gun control makes the city safer when it only disarms the law-abiding, Mayor Richard Daley responded by offering to demonstrate by shooting him:

But even supporters of tough gun regulations—myself included—have to admit that it’s not clear how much they reduce violence. Despite having some of the most restrictive laws in the country, Chicago is a national leader in shootings and murders, and the mayor himself noted that “we’ve seen far too many instances in the last few weeks” of firearm violence, including the shooting that left a cop dead last night.

So I asked: since guns are readily available in Chicago even with a ban in place, do you really think it’s been effective?

I’m hardly the only guy who asks the mayor things he doesn’t want to answer, and I’ve been responsible for at least one of his huffing, puffing, ranting tangents, which generally get the press corps laughing, thus enabling him to move on to the next question without giving a real answer to the one at hand.

But even by those standards, this was a masterful and surreal performance.

“Oh!” Daley said. “It’s been very effective!”

He grabbed a rifle, held it up, and looked right at me. He was chuckling but there was no smile.

“If I put this up your—ha!—your butt—ha ha!—you’ll find out how effective this is!”

For a moment the room was very, very quiet. I took a good look at the weapon. It had a long bayonet. (Was it seized during the Civil War?)

“If I put a round up your—ha ha!”

The photographers snapped away. Suddenly everybody started cracking up.

Daley went on. “This gun saved many lives—it could save your life,” he said—meaning, I think, that getting that gun off the street might have saved many lives, including mine.

Sure — and it put the gun into the hands of petty tyrants, who then used it to joke about killing people who ask tough questions. If Daley wanted to demonstrate the wisdom of the Second Amendment, he couldn’t have designed a better demonstration.

The Second Amendment exists for two reasons.  First, the founders knew that law enforcement couldn’t defend everyone against attack — unless they created a police state that would eliminate liberty forever.  They encouraged people to arm themselves, an important move in frontier areas especially, where the writ of law didn’t run very strongly.  The police are very good at investigating crimes after they occur, but not in providing personal defense, which isn’t their job.

Secondly, arming the populace makes it much more difficult for those in power to seize property and liberty without due process of law.  As Daley aptly demonstrated, when only the government and the criminals have guns, they both can dictate at will without fear of opposition.  When a reporter asks a tough question, just wield a gun at him and then later laugh it off as a joke.

The people of Chicago need new political leadership, a story about as breaking as the Chicago Fire.  But this should demonstrate the end result of the forced disarming of the American public: an out-of-control arrogance of the government.

Update: John Kass at the Chicago Tribune has the video of the encounter:

We should note that Daley never pointed the weapon at anyone, but that hardly negates the stupidity of this incident.


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When you outlaw guns, only criminals will have guns.

That’s the Chicago Way!

SeniorD on May 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM

This should be the death of his political career.

Stupid political commentary aside.
a> he bought a gun into a workplace against Chicago laws.
b> he PLAYED with a gun in a room full of crowded people.

But it won’t be.

Skywise on May 21, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Chicago is one of the most segregated big cities in the US.

Great legacy, Democrats.

Carry on…

visions on May 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM

It’s insane that, that man has a job, let alone one in politics.

Esthier on May 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM

In a related story, a product of the Chicago Dailey Machine – the most corrupt city government in American history – is now President of the United States.

What could go wrong?

logis on May 21, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Are we to assume then that Mayor Daley’s sizable security/bodyguard force is armed only with good intentions? It is this sort of Democrat hypocrisy that is nothing but laughable.

IntheNet on May 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Daley/Schumer 2012!

a capella on May 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

He grabbed a rifle, held it up, and looked right at me. He was chuckling but there was no smile.
If I put this up your—ha!—your butt—ha ha!—you’ll find out how effective this is!”

I would expect that kind of response from a 6 year old …..

CityFish on May 21, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I would expect that kind of response from a 6 year old …..

CityFish on May 21, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Or a person that sees homosexuality between two men as an act of aggression.

LastRick on May 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM

The question that needs to be asked is “how do you propose to disarm those who have firearms in violation of laws that prohibit ownership of those firearms?”

Followed up by “how is that working out for you?”

Skandia Recluse on May 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Please — I wish 90% of the Newspapers were on our side —most people never hear of these stories —- I pass the word as often as possible …

wheels on May 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

That progressives, corruptocrats, and wannabe dictators devoutly wish to disarm their victims, is an old story.

Isn’t there a case that will “incorporate” the 2nd Amendment in front of the Supreme Court, what’s the status of that?

Rebar on May 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I wonder if Obama will announce that the Mayor acted stupidly?

csdeven on May 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Mayor Midget Jr. Keeping the legacy of 100 years of Chicago corruption alive.

But, again, that’s what it takes to adequately represent today’s Chicagoan.

MNHawk on May 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

..Daley has been the leader of Chicago while it descends into bankruptcy and whose crime is so out of control that they are begging the National guard to save their butts…..

…..taking any advice from this proven failure and corrupt lifetime politician makes about as much sense as taking parenting advice from Britney Spears…..

….typical democrat….their pathetic failures don’t matter as long as they tow the liberal line.

Baxter Greene on May 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Gun-grabbers like to say, “you can’t fight off a modern army with just a rifle anyway, so what’s the big deal about individuals bearing arms?” Let’s see. For those terrorists running around the mountains of Pakistan, all that most of them have is a rifle, and they seem to be making the most of what they have. It’s funny, on the one hand the rifle is so dangerous that no civilian should have it in their home, and on the other hand, it’s so weak and ineffective (compared to military hardware) that no citizen fighting off dictatorship has any use for it. Whatever argument works, I guess.

RBMN on May 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

My jaw is on the floor.

How that slimy piece of dogs**t isn’t in prison, given all his connections, infuriates me. The Chicago political machine truly is the most corrupt institution in the world.

MadisonConservative on May 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

The man has tripped over the insane line. Time to fire him.

journeyintothewhirlwind on May 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

LastRick on May 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Just to clarify my own point (because I probably should have expounded): I find it interesting that, to show how effective a gun is, he didn’t point it at the reporter’s head and threaten to fire; instead, he pointed it at the reporter’s butt and threatened to sodomize him with it. Just saying.

LastRick on May 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Thailand or Greece should annex Chicago.

Onager on May 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Slight disagreement here on the Second, Ed.

We individually have a right to self-defense…against anybody or thing that poses a threat to our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness (assuming we are standing where we should, relative to them).

The right to anything is moot without the means of effecting it.

We, as part of the civil compact, lend part of that right…and power…to police powers and our military in society.

Ragspierre on May 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM

This guy actually had the stones a couple years ago suggesting that off duty Chicago Police officers should not be allowed to carry. He is completely out of touch.

hogleg on May 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM

As the spoiled son of a guy who always had multiple body guards, I have no doubt this guy has no clue about the real world. My family grew up a block from him in Bridgeport and they all had heat.

flyoverland on May 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Guess we should make it illegal to lock doors as well.

Because everyone in society has such “good intentions” that it would be “divisive” to suggest that protecting one’s family is more important than bowing and scraping before anti-2nd Amendment gun grabber lobbyists. In fact, locking one’s doors actually PROVOKES thieves and intruders to try to break in more. What are you hiding that you can’t leave your door open to the world and its inhabitants? Racists.

Good Lt on May 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Ugh. What a disgusting pig.

Dee2008 on May 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

F*CK YOU DALY!

Flyboy on May 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

We, as part of the civil compact, lend part of that right…and power…to police powers and our military in society.

Ragspierre on May 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM

the police protect nobody, at best they solve crimes: to believe otherwise is idiotic.

Onager on May 21, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Video, we need video!

DFCtomm on May 21, 2010 at 11:10 AM

This would end any Republican politican’s career. Chicago is thug central.

chaswv on May 21, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Liberals are smart.

search4truth on May 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Why do I carry a .45?

..because they don’t make a .46 and because a policeman is too heavy.

The War Planner on May 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

” First, the founders knew that law enforcement couldn’t defend everyone against attack — unless they created a police state that would eliminate liberty forever. “

Obowma to apologize to China, Cuba, and North Korea in 3… 2… 1…

Seven Percent Solution on May 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I want to see the picture. I cannot imagine any politico doing this without having every one in the room being searched for concealed weapons beforehand. That kind of stuff can get a person shot in some places.

cozmo on May 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Thailand or Greece should annex Chicago.

Onager on May 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Or Canada.

Rebar on May 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I guess he never read the book “More guns less crime” from
drum roll please.

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/493636.html

Or He believes that ONLY certain people in power should have guns.

The founding fathers are VERY clear on this in their writings.

The problem as I see is , we have for a long long time, stopped exercising that right. And it is said that ” A right not exercised is a right that is forfeited ”

Time to wake up America.
Exercise your rights ALL OF THEM

ColdWarrior57 on May 21, 2010 at 11:13 AM

What starts in Chicago, spreads to DC.

Be concerned.

MarkT on May 21, 2010 at 11:13 AM

F*CK YOU DALY him daily!

Flyboy on May 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

..FIFY

The War Planner on May 21, 2010 at 11:14 AM

the police protect nobody, at best they solve crimes: to believe otherwise is idiotic.

With the best of intentions, police could only protect you out of pure serendipity.

“To protect and serve” should be replaced on all squad cars with “To avenge and clean up…we hope…”

Ragspierre on May 21, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Let me get this straight. A politician brandishes a gun at a reporter.

Do I really need to say “If he had been a Republican….???”

CurtZHP on May 21, 2010 at 11:14 AM

RBMN on May 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

+1
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
And in America, there are certainly a lot of places for rebel Americans to hide & snipe.
In fact, isn’t it ironic that the troops of the American Rancid were so poorly equipped in weapons & ammo & they WON anyway?
Hmmm….

Badger40 on May 21, 2010 at 11:16 AM

“If I put this up your—ha!—your butt—ha ha!—you’ll find out how effective this is!”

“I’d LOVE to see you try” would have been my response.

VegasRick on May 21, 2010 at 11:16 AM

John Kass of the Tribune had a lot to say about this one:

In anti-handgun Chicago, criminals aren’t bothered by Mayor Richard Daley’s handgun ban. They haven’t been bothered for years.

And so another Chicago police officer was shot to death. But it wasn’t during a traffic stop or some hunt through an alley after a drug sting.

Thomas Wortham IV, 30, was a victim of a robbery, shot down outside his boyhood home in the staunchly middle-class Chatham neighborhood, his body dragged 100 feet or so by the getaway car.

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The thugs were trying to steal his motorcycle, a gift to himself upon his return from a second tour of duty in Iraq as a first lieutenant in the Army National Guard.

Wortham, a patrol officer, was helping his neighbors reclaim a troubled neighborhood park, the scene of several recent shootings.

“He was the best of us. He was a role model. He was 30 years old, a grown man, a police officer, a soldier, a man of service,” said Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, 6th, who has known the Wortham family since she was a child.

“It was ‘Yes, ma’am’ and ‘No, sir’ from him. He had self-respect. He was teaching these young men how to be men,” she said.

I talked to Lyle on a side street in Chatham just after she’d paid a long condolence call to the Wortham family, as neighbors stood out on their sidewalks, agonizing over the loss.

The front lawns were neat and small. Backyard gardens were places of old-fashioned flowers, peonies and phlox and tea-roses. It is a neighborhood carefully tended.

At that moment, Mayor Daley was holding a news conference, another dog-and-pony show at City Hall to demonstrate his tough stance on crime.

He called it to express his concern that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn the city’s handgun ban. There were guns on a table as props, so much eye candy for the cameras.

A reporter asked the obvious question: Given the numbers of shootings in the city, isn’t the handgun ban ineffective?

The question was more than fair. In Chicago, the only people who are confident in their 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms are the criminals, the cops and the politicians.

Law-abiding citizens can’t own handguns. They don’t have an army of bodyguards, as does Daley. Political hacks have guns. They get out the vote for his machine.

And the retired neighbor who’s never been arrested in his life? Oh, no. If he has a gun, it would be anarchy in the streets, according to Daley.

Confronted with a logical question, here’s what the mayor did: He picked up a rifle from the prop table of guns, raised it and began to babble.

“It’s been very effective,” said Daley of the handgun ban. “If I put this up your butt, you’ll find out how effective it is. Let me put a round up your, you know.”

The mayor of Chicago then went on to say if the justices were attacked by thugs with guns, they’d see things his way.

“Maybe they’ll see the light of day,” Daley said. “Maybe one of them will have an incident, and they’ll change their mind overnight, going to and from work.”

Chicago politics is a rough business. But suggesting that Supreme Court justices need to suffer before becoming enlightened is despicable. It not only embarrasses the mayor, but everyone who lives or works in Chicago.

His press aides put out a statement saying the mayor used “less than ideal” language when he suggested inserting the rifle into his critics and pulling the trigger.

And there was no word of any plans to apologize to the Supreme Court.

But he meant what he said. And so the mayor reveals his nature.

Daley has been a bully his entire life, a child of muscle and privilege, and now he’s terrified at the prospect that his citizens might think he’s lost control of the streets.

The police despise him. Their department is terribly understaffed and overworked. Taxpayers want more cops. But there’s no money for additional police because Daley wasted it all, hundreds of millions of dollars year after year after year on deals for his cronies.

While Daley spent his life pushing weaker people around, Thomas Wortham spent his life as a man of service. Now he’s cold at the funeral home, waiting for burial.

His Chatham neighborhood once was considered free of violence. It is the home of Sen. Roland Burris, of former Police Supt. police Superintendent Terry Hilliard, of lawyers, judges, doctors, bus drivers and steelworkers.

Neighbors recalled Cole Park, just across the street from Wortham’s boyhood home, as a place to see the best basketball players in the city. Even a young rookie named Michael Jordan played hoops in pick-up games.

Now there are iron bars over the rims to discourage young men from congregating in the park, the scene of a recent rash of shootings.

Wortham’s tour of duty in Iraq ended less than two months ago. He bought himself that motorcycle and planned on helping Ald. Lyle reclaim Cole Park this weekend.

On Thursday, it was the setting for a prayer vigil for his immortal soul.

“His mother was worried that something was going to happen to him over there [in Iraq],” Lyle told me. “But he had to come home to Chicago to get shot down.”

Home to Chicago, the anti-handgun city, where the thugs don’t worry much about what the mayor has to say.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-0521-20100521,0,442622,full.column

pilamaye on May 21, 2010 at 11:16 AM

The police are very good at investigating crimes after they occur, but not in providing personal defense, which isn’t their job.

That’s always my main argument when dealing with Libs who say we don’t need guns because we have a able police force.

Yakko77 on May 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Here is the video for this.

WashJeff on May 21, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Thanks, not so big a deal after seeing the vid. Except that Daley isn’t as impressive as his reputation would suggest.

But then I used to know some of the folks up there who support his type.

cozmo on May 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Then I guess you no longer need armed guards, Daley. What’s the matter? Scared?

SirGawain on May 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Not only a cop, but an Iraqi war veteran. Prayers for the family.

A 30-year-old Chicago police officer who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq was shot and killed when several people approached him outside his family’s home and tried to steal his new motorcycle, authorities said Thursday.

Thomas Wortham IV’s father — a retired Chicago police officer — came to his son’s aid and shot two of the attackers, killing one of them late Wednesday, police said. Retired police officers are allowed to keep guns.

“This is a tragedy. This young man survived two tours in Iraq, and came home and got murdered on the streets in front of his house that he grew up in. In front of his father, it’s just unbelievable,” said Chicago Alderman Freddrenna Lyle.

journeyintothewhirlwind on May 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

If someone brandished a firearm at my home range and threatened to shove it someone’s butt, the BEST they could hope for would be a trip downtown on an aggravated assault charge.

Thugs prefer their victims unarmed, as Mayor Daley proves yet again.

ExUrbanKevin on May 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

The backstory is that a Chicago cop was shot in the head by a gang of thugs yesterday. They were trying to steal his motorcycle. His dad, a retired Chicago cop, saw it and grabbed his handgun and shot a couple of them. One is dead; the other is hospitalized. The other two have been captured. Daley wanted to take gun permits from all retired cops.

Ted Torgerson on May 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Ya silly cuckoos missed anutter of Rich’s recent “money” quotes. When asked about an upcoming Supreme Court (U.S. not IL) decision of a case which is challenging the city’s gun ban, he said: “You have to have confidence in the Supreme Court. Maybe they’ll see the light of day, Maybe one of them will have an incident and they’ll change their mind overnight, going to and from work.”

MayorDaley on May 21, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Maybe if that young man who was beaten to death with a 2×4 in Chicago a few months back had a legal right to carry a gun…

Bishop on May 21, 2010 at 11:19 AM

the police protect nobody, at best they solve crimes: to believe otherwise is idiotic.

This statement is idiotic.

Good Lt on May 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM

The mayor of Chicago then went on to say if the justices were attacked by thugs with guns, they’d see things his way.

“Maybe they’ll see the light of day,” Daley said. “Maybe one of them will have an incident, and they’ll change their mind overnight, going to and from work.”

Hmmm… threatening a federal judge?

Skywise on May 21, 2010 at 11:23 AM

When you outlaw guns, only criminals will have guns.

That’s the Chicago Way!

SeniorD on May 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM

and those “criminals” include the government…

PatriotRider on May 21, 2010 at 11:23 AM

The backstory is that a Chicago cop was shot in the head by a gang of thugs yesterday.

Ted Torgerson on May 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM

The poor dead robber had violated Daley’s hand gun law. They have some mighty stiff penalties up there:

Records show Floyd was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in 2007, but he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and got 1 year conditional discharge and 10 days of community service.

cozmo on May 21, 2010 at 11:25 AM

It is unspeakable and a criminal offense, to describe what politicians like Daley truly deserve.

But we can all imagine it.

Suffice to say, Dick Daley should read up on the French Revolution and start loosening his necktie.

NoDonkey on May 21, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Thanks, not so big a deal after seeing the vid. Except that Daley isn’t as impressive as his reputation would suggest.

cozmo on May 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

No, it is not. I was expecting a Gran Tarino type scene with a simulated shot at the reporter. Daley’s theatrics are starting to slip.

WashJeff on May 21, 2010 at 11:28 AM

“There stood Dianne Feinstein, the anti-gun senator from California, posing for all the nation’s media to capture on Kodachrome, holding an AK-47 with her finger firmly planted on the trigger.”

http://www.stentorian.com/2ndamend/dianne_f.html

How soon we forget.

See Also:

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/02/13/ray-nagin-photo-caption-contest/

mad saint jack on May 21, 2010 at 11:29 AM

the police protect nobody, at best they solve crimes: to believe otherwise is idiotic.

This statement is idiotic.

Good Lt on May 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Agreed. We’re protected by the police every day. Whether its the police patrolling local neighborhoods, running radar or arresting criminals, your local police officers do protect you. That being said, that level of protection is not always adequate (hence the reason why most people who feel unsecure should be “strapped”).

Shock the Monkey on May 21, 2010 at 11:33 AM

But even supporters of tough gun regulations—myself included—have to admit that it’s not clear how much they reduce violence

Then what possible other motivation could you have for being a “supporter of tough gun regulations?”

29Victor on May 21, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Reminds of DC.

I lived in Arlington, Virgina for 10 years, short walk to Georgetown in the District.

There’s no crime in Arlington. But you can easily purchase and own a gun there.

Walk to Georgetown and it’s a nice neighborhood, but the incidents of robbery, muggings, rapes and murders skyrocket.

The difference?

Virginia enforces their laws. You get caught using a gun in a crime, it’s five years right there and whatever you get for the crime, gets lopped on top.

DC? They don’t enforce their laws. They have liberal bleeding heart judges who blame crime on society and who give slaps on the wrist to DC criminals.

Criminals who are smart enough not to cross the Key, Roosevelt or 14th Street Bridges over to Virginia, because they know that unlike DC, the law will be enforced.

DC criminals are smarter than DC (or Chicago) voters.

NoDonkey on May 21, 2010 at 11:34 AM

I really appreciate all that Jug Ears and his thugs have done for America. She is waking up and not a moment too soon.

platypus on May 21, 2010 at 11:35 AM

This butthead should be read the riot act for breaking one of the most important gun safety rules…never point a gun at anyone unless you intend to use it.

It doesn’t matter if it was unloaded either. This guy is an idiot, pure and simple!

Unfortunately, nothing will happen to him. He’s a Daly dontcha know!

JohnnyD on May 21, 2010 at 11:37 AM

That’s always my main argument when dealing with Libs who say we don’t need guns because we have a able police force.
Yakko77 on May 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Liberals don’t need guns for the same reason they don’t need jobs.

Because conservatives pay the bills and keep the peace.

The moonbats are in for a VERY rude awakening when their fearless leader’s “fundamental transformation” finally gets in gear.

logis on May 21, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Watched the vid. Here’s the fundamental problem, this buffoon has a simple equation in his head x guns kill x (or y) number of people. It’s an simpleton’s flawed and juvenile way of looking at the world.

NickelAndDime on May 21, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Interesting demonstration of intimidation by a government official. Will Chicago prove that the pen is stronger than the sword (rifle), or visa versa? For every action should we not expect that there is an equal and opposite reaction in the pipeline? Is Chicago still ahead in the monthly murder rate category as far as big cities go, or for that matter, the number of deaths occurring/attributed to overseas battlefields?

Americannodash on May 21, 2010 at 11:39 AM

How do you teach your children to respect authority when this worthless corrupt jackass Daley is a prime example of an “authority” figure in 2010 America?

NoDonkey on May 21, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Virginia enforces their laws. You get caught using a gun in a crime, it’s five years right there and whatever you get for the crime, gets lopped on top.

NoDonkey on May 21, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Don’t forget that the intended victim could also be carrying a legal gun and might just shoot your sorry butt.

Oldnuke on May 21, 2010 at 11:42 AM

It doesn’t matter if it was unloaded either. This guy is an idiot, pure and simple!

JohnnyD on May 21, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Well now, after seeing the video, I’m not so sure it was pointed at the reporter, as he says. So, I stand corrected. But his ascertion that having those guns on that table saved lives? How many peple have died in his city from guns and how many of the perps were criminals? It still makes him an idiot. (And I’m keeping clean)

JohnnyD on May 21, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Oldnuke on May 21, 2010 at 11:42 AM

You are correct, Virginia has conceal carry.

DC has conceal carry too, but only criminals have the right.

NoDonkey on May 21, 2010 at 11:47 AM

“As Daley aptly demonstrated, when only the government and the criminals have guns…”

This must have been written by the Redundant Redundancy Department Department.

psrch on May 21, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Apparently that gun is some kind of cursed talisman that takes over the mind of any lesser being that handles it. It forces them to leave their workaday world and murder the first person they see.

Asher on May 21, 2010 at 11:51 AM

pilamaye on May 21, 2010 at 11:16 AM

You beat me to it. Safer In Iraq Then Chicago

Just A Grunt on May 21, 2010 at 11:52 AM

HOW MANY ARMED COPS ARE ON DALY’S “PROTECTIVE” DETAIL? HOW MANY ARE CAMPED ON HIS DOORSTEP 24/7?

HYPOCRITE!

GarandFan on May 21, 2010 at 11:53 AM

This would end any Republican politican’s career. Chicago is thug central.

chaswv on May 21, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Correction, Chicago used to be thuig central, that honor is now held by the White House on Rush St. Thanks so much libtards!

Archimedes on May 21, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Richie is an imbecile, and irrefutable evidence that Democrats as a political party are collectively insane.

Jaibones on May 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Every creature on this planet has a right to defend itself. This is basic. Fundamental. Even a rose bush has a right to have thorns.

I demand to have the same right as a rose bush.

kurtzz3 on May 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Onager on May 21, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Two SCOTUS rulings have defined the role of the police. That role is to solve crimes. The Court ruled that the police have no obligation to protect anyone from a crime. They can refuse to intervene during a crime in progress and you have no recourse with the courts over their refusal.

chemman on May 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

To rephrase…

I demand to have the same right to self defense as a rose bush.

kurtzz3 on May 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM

The State Run Media has battered wives syndrome.
The lyin socialists kick their butts and the media just keeps kissin the socialists.

What a bunch of sick, disgusting, whimps. I would have gone to jail for defending myself against the punk Mayor.

dhunter on May 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM

This statement is idiotic.

Good Lt on May 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Suggest you look at what SCOTUS has said about police duties. It is to many police departments credit that they do more than they are required to do. But if the police don’t respond in time to protect you, you have no recourse in the courts to sue them.

chemman on May 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM

chemman on May 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Did they define the role of an inner city Democrat Mayor as wiping up bribes and kickbacks while at the same time, managing city business with the competence of a drunken wombat?

If so, Daley is doing swell at his job.

You really have to wonder what they hell people are thinking when they vote for unadulterated idiot scum like Daley.

NoDonkey on May 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Even a rose bush has a right to have thorns.

kurtzz3 on May 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

That’s true. Bret Michaels codified this inalienable right in 1988.

Shock the Monkey on May 21, 2010 at 12:09 PM

After watching Mayor Fruitloop’s rant you have to wonder why his handlers let him make public appearances anymore.

The idea that someone as demented as that is responsible for public safety is a nightmare. And that’s not to mention that he also has the taxpayer’s checkbook and credit cards.

Chicago is up the river in “Apocalypse Now”, and daley is Colonel Kurtz.

ontherocks on May 21, 2010 at 12:10 PM

The Second Amendment exists for two reasons.

The need for a militia is served by the pre-existing God-given right. The primary reason for the 2nd Amendment is to recognizes the God-given right of the citizens to be armed.

Akzed on May 21, 2010 at 12:16 PM

the police protect nobody, at best they solve crimes: to believe otherwise is idiotic.
Onager on May 21, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Can somebody name ONE liberal belief that doesn’t come straight out of crappy melodramas?

logis on May 21, 2010 at 12:18 PM

I demand to have the same right as a rose bush.

Next up…thorn control…

But if the police don’t respond in time to protect you, you have no recourse in the courts to sue them.

Sorry. You don’t have a right to sue police for failing to respond in time…or at all.

Ragspierre on May 21, 2010 at 12:21 PM

I’m curious, doesn’t Chicago have a law or laws which make threatening someone with a weapon a crime? Sure, the Mayor was only joking – but it’s still a crime that should be punished.

Just imagine the uproar if this reporter has had a gun (I know, unlikely) and had responded to the treat by shooting the Mayor – how would that have been covered? “Mayor Daly shot by reporter after pulling his own gun”

Any evidence that the Mayor has the required permits?

jackal40 on May 21, 2010 at 12:26 PM

For a moment the room was very, very quiet.

Clearly a typo. He meant to say: For a moment the room was vewy, vewy quiet.

Daley: Budeep, Budeep, Hahahahahahahh–that’s all folks!

DailyDanet on May 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Mayor Beavis.

fossten on May 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM

If the reporter had had half a brain, he would have flinched, and then he’d have a lawsuit for assault. Might have brought down the Mayor’s reelection chances a bit.

fossten on May 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM

As Daley aptly demonstrated, when only the government and the criminals have guns

I’m sorry, I missed the point of the statement. Apparently, someone believes
there’s a difference in “government” as demonstrated by the Mayor, and “criminal”, also demonstrated by the Mayor.

oldleprechaun on May 21, 2010 at 12:44 PM

While thinking of the Marxist high on dope college students that every few years stand in the streets and yell revolution, It occurred to me that there is a 3rd use for a well armed populace.
This so called revolution the punks always want to have that would disrupt services to the elderly and education to children in order the ‘save us’ from our own ignorance concerning capitalism, wouldn’t go so well with a well armed populace aiming at them from the windows of the streets they would march down.

Observation on May 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Actually I appreciate the Mayor taking the time to get law abiding citizens off their ass to import more guns inside Chicago city limits.

Limerick on May 21, 2010 at 12:51 PM

When guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns.

Notice the only person in the place who had a gun?

Lily on May 21, 2010 at 12:54 PM

I really do believe someone is trying to make my head explode (ala Bugs Bunny) this week. Calderon and Obama got close, but this one may push me over the edge. I work with kids and teach firearms safety and competitive shooting sports…. not a single kid I work with would ever act this irresponsibly.

2nd Ammendment Mother on May 21, 2010 at 1:03 PM

With all their talk of equality,the Libidiots don’t understand why the revolver was called the EQUALIZER.Guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens promote equality.

DDT on May 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

This guy looks like an extra from a Grade B mob movie.

Because he’s an extra from a Grade B reality show.

NoDonkey on May 21, 2010 at 1:11 PM

…and the media laughs it off.

Super.

stevezilla on May 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Semi off topic, but Comcast had a story on the 25 most corrupt states in the country, and Illinois didn’t make the cut.

I always like to keep track of my ISPs liberal leanings, and stories like that provide much unintentional comedy.

In fact, Massachusetts didn’t make the list, but nearly every southern state did. I think 23 southern states and New Jersey/ New York.

I don’t expect to see any changes at NBC.

To be fair, I think someone else compiled the list, but it was the big headline greeting me one day, when I logged in to check email.

reaganaut on May 21, 2010 at 1:55 PM

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