Chicago's Mayor Daley is a bit of a psychopath when it comes to gun control. I mean, I get that it's an emotional subject for a lot of people, but I'd say opining that somebody should attack Supreme Court justices and threatening to shoot a reporter in the prostate go somewhat beyond the threshold of appropriate conduct for a civil servant. Not that I don't get it: his stubborn refusal to drop his city's unconstitutional handgun ban has led to a near-certain bombshell pro-gun precedent pending in the Supreme Court. Previously anti-gun Chicagoans are talking about ignoring the city's draconian gun laws and carrying illegally for self defense. And right in the midst of his flailing attempts to rustle up anti-gun sentiment, Chicago just had a high-profile example of the quintessential righteous defensive gun use: an 80-year-old veteran was at home with his wife and 12-year-old great grandson when an intruder with a history of drug and weapon charges broke in. The vet let the kid fire two shots at him before responding decisively with his own handgun (kept illegally despite the ban).
So it's a bad time to be a dude who's built part of his ego on gun control.
But this... Does anybody still believe this crap anymore:
[Daley said] "guns is not the answer to the problems that we see in a home, in the streets of America. It's as simple as that...the access to guns in America, the access today is higher today than at any period of time in America."
In 1905, any human being could walk into the Macy's in Manhattan, buy a swanky, high-tech semiautomatic pocket pistol and ammo at the sporting goods counter, load it up, slip it into his pocket, and walk out onto the street. And the only required paperwork was handing over the money.
Seriously, does anybody actually believe the "laxer gun laws than evah!" meme?